Knicks rout Pacers, even playoff series
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game.
Iman Shumpert added 15 points, including a sensational follow dunk in the first half, and Raymond Felton scored 14 as the Knicks turned a close game into a blowout over the final 15 minutes.
"I just thought we didn't close the third the right way. Found ourselves on our heels, they were just too comfortable taking and making shots. I don't think we did as good a job as we know we can finishing possessions. I thought we let them off the hook a little bit," said David West.
Paul George scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a two-point lead and momentum when coach Frank Vogel called timeout with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
"We knew they were going to come out aggressive and strong. We rallied, we were never out of the game until that end of the third and then the momentum just shifted and then you know what else happened," said center Roy Hibbert.
"The wheels fell off and that's finishing the third quarter. We gotta finish quarters better and start quarters better. They say the first three minutes and the last three minutes are the most biggest part of the quarter, so just gotta find a way to finish better and start a little better," said George Hill.
By the time the Pacers made their next basket, the Knicks had opened a 26-point advantage.
Game 3 is Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)