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NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks responded to their first loss of the season by more closely resembling the team that started the season unbeaten after six games.

The Knicks used a stifling defense coupled with some poor shooting by the Indiana Pacers, 26 points from top scorer Carmelo Anthony and solid play from several of his teammates to top Indiana 88-76 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

New York (7-1) had lost its first game of the season to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, but limited Indiana to 38.6 percent shooting from the field and benefitted from 19 Pacers turnovers to get back on the winning track. The Knicks also outrebounded a team for the first time this season, 48-47.

The Pacers (4-7) were led by Paul George's 20 points. David West added 14 for Indiana.

J.R. Smith added 13 points for the Knicks while Raymond Felton had 11 points and eight assists.

Up 12 entering the fourth quarter, the Knicks went on an 11-4 run to start the fourth, taking a 79-60 lead. They ran away with the game from there.

The Knicks limited the Pacers to just 30 points in the first half, taking a 41-30 lead into the intermission. Anthony led the Knicks with 16 points in the first half as New York's defense overcame some poor shooting in a second quarter in which both teams struggled from the field.

The Pacers shot just 26.3 percent from the field in the first half (10 of 38), and a woeful 20 percent in the second quarter. It was a fitting start for a team that had struggled to score without injured leading scorer Danny Granger, and was playing a Knicks team that had stifled opponents.

Knicks point guard Jason Kidd left the game with 8:48 left in the first quarter with a cut to his head, after Lance Stephenson fouled him on a 3-point attempt. Kidd sank the three free throws before exiting to get stitches on the cut. He returned early in the second quarter.

Notes: After logging a pair of "did-not-plays," Knicks center Marcus Camby started the second quarter against the Pacers. Coach Mike Woodson said before the game Camby's inactivity had not been due to his left calf injury, but because he was focused on the team and was mixing and matching. ... Former Knicks and current Pacers president Donnie Walsh said he had no regrets about his time in New York and was glad to see the team making progress. He also said he thought former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni would "do great" with the Lakers and that Walsh had "put Mike in a very tough position (in New York). We had to go through the years of losing ... well, now he's in a different situation. Now he's got true talent and I expect him to do great, to be honest with you." ... Pacers center Roy Hibbert limped off the court with 2:03 left in the half, but returned in the third quarter.

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