Pacers eliminate Knicks 106-99; Miami up next
Indiana will face Miami in the Eastern Conference finals - the Pacers' first appearance in that series in nine years.
There were some nail-biting moments for Pacers fans Saturday night. Indiana blew a 10-point lead in the third quarter before defeating the Knicks 106-99. The Knicks took their last lead at 92-90 on J.R. Smith's three-pointer with 5:43 remaining, but Lance Stephenson scored the game's next seven points to put the Pacers in control.
Stephenson finished with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. Paul George chipped in 23 points and Roy Hibbert added 21 and 12 boards to help the Pacers reach the conference finals for the first time in nine years.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 39 points for the Knicks, who hit 13 three-pointers and went 18-for-18 from the line but took 28 fewer free throw attempts.
New York forced a sixth game in its best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference semifinal with Indiana with an 85-75 win Thursday night. Part of Indiana's problems in that Game 5 loss was the fact they turned the ball over 19 times.
Indiana advances to the conference final against defending league champion Miami. The first game in that series will be Wednesday in Miami.
Indiana Pacers guard George Hill was cleared to play Saturday night. Hill missed Game 5 on Thursday night in New York because of a concussion.
The Pacers said Hill remained symptom-free after each step, including workouts and the shootaround Saturday. He was injured in the first quarter of Game 4.
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