Carmelo Anthony finished with 34 points to lead the New York Knicks to a close victory over the Indiana Pacers, 92-86. This is the seventh consecutive win for New York (28-40). The streak began with a 118-106 victory over Minnesota on March 5th.
Anthony finished 12-23 and converted 10-12 from the free throw line. Raymond Felton chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds for New York as well. On 8-16 shooting (2-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 3-6 from the free throw line, Lance Stephenson put up 21 points for Indiana in the loss. He also registered 9 rebounds. Paul George added 17 points and 8 rebounds.
The Pacers dished out 12 assists versus 13 turnovers, a ratio of just .92. They are 5-6 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Knicks, on the other hand, are 9-1 when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for Indiana, pushing their record to 50-18 for the year.
Coming up, the Knicks square off against the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 15-53 on the season. The Pacers go up against the Chicago Bulls, currently sitting at 38-30 this year. The Knicks won two of their last three games against Philadelphia. The Pacers are 1-1 versus Chicago this season.