Pacers beat Knicks 82-71 to take 2-1 series lead

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Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Paul George had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assist to lead the Pacers past New York 82-71 Saturday night in Game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Pacers are up 2-1, with Game 4 of the best-of-seven series Tuesday in Indy.

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points to lead the Knicks, who led only once in the game for a total of 76 seconds. New York spent the final 45 minutes trying to play catch-up but never did.

Amare Stoudemire looked rusty after returning from a two-month absence, going 3 of 8 from the field and finishing with seven points. J.R. Smith scored nine points after missing the morning shootaround because of a 102-degree fever.

The Pacers made 10 three-pointers in the win, including five from George Hill.

After the game, the Pacers were giving all the credit to Hibbert.

"He was phenomenal. Defensive end he really protected the paint. At the same time, offensive end, he did so much with offensive rebounds and putbacks and just making himself available. As much as he can play like that, the better off we are," said Hill.

"You gotta give him the ball. His physical posts, you know, picks up fouls and it just opens up everything. He gets double-teamed, it frees up perimeter shots, so when he demands double teams and he's able to make shots down there, it just opens up the whole floor," said George.

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