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Pacers 103, Knicks 96 (OT)

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NEW YORK -- The Indiana Pacers became the NBA's first 10-game winner this season by knocking off the New York Knicks 103-96 in overtime Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Forward Paul George led the Pacers (10-1) with 35 points, including nine points in the OT.

Forward Carmelo Anthony, who has topped the Knicks (3-8) in scoring in all 11 games this season, deposited 30 points and hauled in 18 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season.

The loss was the fifth straight at home for the Knicks, who haven't won at the Garden since opening night, Oct. 30 against Milwaukee.

Indiana grabbed a 79-75 lead with 5:10 to play, going on a 10-0 spurt.

Point guard Beno Udrih's leaner with 1:25 left gave the Knicks an 87-86 lead in regulation and Anthony was fouled grabbing his 17th rebound and promptly sank both free throws to move the Knicks lead to 89-86.

George was fouled by guard Iman Shumpert beyond the arc with 5.2 seconds left and sank all three free throws to tie it at 89-89, sending the game into overtime.

George nailed a 3-pointer, a jumper and two free throws to give Indiana a 96-91 lead with 1:30 to go in overtime. New York forward Kenyon Martin committed a foul on the last free throw Indiana center Roy Hibbert sank for a 97-91 cushion.

The meeting between the two teams was the first since the Pacers eliminated the Knicks in last year's Eastern Conference semifinals.

Anthony picked up his fourth foul with the Knicks leading 50-48 and 5:15 to go in the third quarter. New York increased its lead to 62-58 at the close of the quarter.

The Pacers tied the game at 47-47 on a traditional three-point play by Lance Stephenson, then took their first lead (48-47) of the night on a free throw from forward David West with 7:08 left in the third quarter.

Anthony shot 50 percent (7-14) in the first half to help the Knicks to a 42-37 lead.

A revamped starting lineup with Udrih in the backcourt provided the Knicks with a quick 13-0 edge with 7:10 left in the opening period en route to a 19-14 lead after the first quarter. Bargnani led the way with five points, as six Knicks recorded points in the quarter.

NOTES: The Knicks were without G Raymond Felton (lower back/left hip). ... PG Beno Udrih made his second straight start for the Knicks. ... New York assigned G Chris Smith to the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA's Development League. Smith had not appeared in a game this season since signing as a free agent out of Louisville in September. ... Indiana F David West reached double figures in scoring in all six games, recording three double-doubles against the Knicks in last year's Eastern Conference semifinals. ... Pacers C Roy Hibbert leads the NBA with 46 blocked shots. ... Indiana's 89 blocks are tops in the league. ... Indiana entered the game with the league's stingiest defense, allowing just 86.3 points per game.

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