Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and broke a tie with a turnaround baseline jumper with 23.4 seconds left to give the New York Knicks a rare victory at Indiana, 109-103 over the Pacers on Monday night.
It was the Knicks' first road win in the series since March 17, 2012. Derrick Rose had 20 points and six assists as New York ended a two-game skid.
Indiana erased an 18-point third-quarter deficit and tied the score at 103 on two free throws by Paul George with 42 seconds remaining.
Anthony answered with the tiebreaking shot, and the Pacers didn't score again.
George led Indiana with 31 points and seven rebounds. Myles Turner had 22 points and 10 boards for the Pacers, who have lost three straight. >> Read more
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- This game proved to be a tale of two different Knicks squads, but the more polished team showed up when it came down to crunch time. The Knicks had very poor flow to their offense, with players falling stagnant and making sloppy passes early on. But following seven first-quarter turnovers, the team committed just seven more in the final three. The Knicks took much better care of the ball and had a fantastic night at the charity stripe at 89 percent. These two things played a big part in in them not only successfully coming back, but securing a lead. Better play early on resulted in an easier time competing in the late going. It kept them in the ball game.
- They showed flashes of strong defense in spots, but this team still isn't able to sustain a lock-down effort from start to finish. Many Knicks appeared more laid back as a 16-point lead disappeared much quicker than it took to build. This served as a wakeup call for players like Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez to be more physical down low. As they pestered the Pacers on defense, Anthony proved to be undeterred with a relentless attack around the basket to create late-game point opportunities to help the Knicks keep their heads above water just long enough, a welcoming sign.
- Hernangomez and Justin Holiday proved to be two major X-factors. A more agile player with great footwork on both ends of the floor, coach Jeff Hornacek recognized the NBA rookie big was the better mismatch for Indiana. As for Holiday, he spread the floor quite well and made timely buckets that helped sway the momentum in the Knicks' favor when necessary. Clutch performances by each one.