New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony showed early in Game 5 the
Knicks weren't going down without a fight.
Anthony set the tone with a hard foul in the opening minute and went on to
pace New York with a game-high 28 points as the Knicks stayed alive in the
Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 wire-to-wire victory over the
Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden.
Following consecutive 11-point losses at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that saw them
shoot 35 percent from the floor, the Knicks connected on 41 percent of their
shots Thursday to pull within 3-2 in the series.
J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each stepped up with 13 points off the New York
bench, while Raymond Felton added 12 for New York, which forced 19 turnovers,
including seven in the fourth quarter.
Paul George scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half while David West
checked in with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who were trying to
advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2004.
They get another chance when the series shifts back to Indianapolis for Game 6
on Saturday, where they are 4-0 against the Knicks this season.
Indiana's George Hill, who had averaged 17.3 points per game over the first
four games of the series, was sidelined due to a concussion he suffered
Tuesday. D.J. Augustin got the starting nod at point guard in his place and
scored 12 points on 3-of-9 shooting.
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