Carmelo Anthony awoke from his shooting rest to score 32 points and lead the NY Knicks to a 105-79 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
The series is knotted at 1-1 with Game 3 in Indiana.
Anthony converted 13 of his 26 shots from the floor, muscling his way to the basket or stepping back to drain his jumper. He was also 4-for-4 from the line, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 3 steals.
Anthony, the NBA’s leading scorer during the regular season, shot just .35.7 percent in Game One, a 102-95 Indiana victory. In the last 2 games of the Boston series in the quarterfinals, he made only 15 of his 47 shots.
Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points. Iman Shumpert added 15 points for the Knicks.
Indiana was outscored 33-13 in fourth quarter, with Anthony contributing 11 points before he was subbed out with 4:00 left.
NY held a 72-66 advantage after 3 quarters by continuing to attack the rim. Anthony had one of his best quarters of the post-season. He scored 11 points, nailing 5 of his 9 shots from the floor.
Anthony’s 7 straight points offset a Indiana Pacer61-60 lead, their first lead of the game, providing the New York Knicks with a 67-64 cushion that it never relinquished with 2:09 left in the third.
The Pacers tied the game at 58-58 with 5:22 left in the 3rd on a jump hook from Hibbert, then took their first lead of the night, 61-60, on a 3-pointer from Lance Stephenson one minute later.
Unlike in Game One when it was difficult to negotiate Indiana’s bigger front line, the New York Knicks were able to attack and convert in the lane in the 1st half. The 6-foot-5 Shumpert was especially effective, accumulating 11 points toward help NY build a 47-42 halftime lead.
With Jason Kidd running the point for the first 6 minutes of second quarter, the Knicks displayed crisp ball movement that was lacking in their series-opening loss. New York had 10 helps in the first half. In Game 1, the Knicks totaled just 15. The Pacers pulled to within 5 points at 39-34, but an 8-0 Knicks run extended New York’s lead to 47-34 with 3:47 remaining. Kenyon Martin contributed 4 points in the burst with 2 layups.
The Pacers were out of sync in their half-court sets for the majority of the first half, turning the ball over 11 times. George scored 15 points, including 6 in an 8-0 Indiana Pacers run to end the half.
The New York Knicks came out with a tightened defense, forcing 7 first-quarter turnovers and picking up 3 steals. Felton was a catalyst, scoring 9 points to help NY to a 29-20 lead. Basketball spreads
Heading into Game 2 against the Pacers, Anthony was 35 of 110 from the floor in his last 4 games. … In Indiana’s Game One win, David West logged his 4th game in the playoffs shooting 50 percent or higher.