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NBA playoffs: Knicks beat Pacers to stay alive

Published May 16, 2013 9:44 pm

NBA playoffs • Anthony scores game-high 28 points.
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New York • Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks broke out just enough to stay in it.

Anthony scored 28 points and the Knicks avoided elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 on Thursday night.

Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail 3-2 and will need a victory Saturday in Indiana to force a seventh game back here Monday. They are trying to become the ninth NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series.

"I was totally impressed because we met the challenge," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "I think as a coach you come into games like this and you want to see who's going to step up and make plays, and I thought we did that tonight. We were the better team in terms of doing that."

Anthony, who didn't make a basket in the fourth quarter of either game in Indiana, made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within four points. He followed with two free throws, Raymond Felton made a layup, and the Knicks were never in jeopardy again.

Paul George had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers. They played without point guard George Hill because of a concussion and committed 19 turnovers.

"We've just got to play more solid. There's no other way to put it," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

But George battled foul trouble and couldn't contain Anthony quite as well as he had while the Pacers easily won the previous two games.

Anthony made his first two shots as New York raced out to a 7-0 lead in a game it never trailed. He finished only 12 of 28, but got plenty of bench help.

David West had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who were trying to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004.

"We didn't play well. It was a bad game for us and we were still there," George said. Knicks 85, Pacers 75

FG FT Reb

Indiana Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

George 43:22 7-18 7-10 1-6 6 5 23

West 38:35 7-17 3-6 4-10 2 1 17

Hibbert 30:52 3-7 3-4 4-7 1 5 9

Augustin 38:45 3-9 3-5 0-2 0 1 12

Stphnsn 34:08 1-7 2-4 0-8 2 0 4

Mahinmi 17:08 2-2 1-4 1-3 0 1 5

Young 14:40 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 0

THnsbrgh 9:25 0-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 0

Green 13:06 2-5 0-0 0-3 1 2 5

Totals 240:00 25-69 19-33 12-43 12 18 75

Percentages: FG .362, FT .576. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Augustin 3-7, George 2-6, Green 1-4, Stephenson 0-1, Young 0-1). Team Rebounds: 17. Team Turnovers: 19 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Hibbert 2, Mahinmi). Turnovers: 19 (George 4, Green 3, Hibbert 3, West 3, Augustin 2, Mahinmi 2, T.Hansbrough, Stephenson). Steals: 6 (West 3, Augustin 2, George). Technical Fouls: West, 7:22 first.

FG FT Reb

N.Y. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Shumprt 26:27 2-10 0-0 0-6 1 5 5

Anthony 42:11 12-28 3-4 1-6 0 4 28

Chandler 27:14 1-4 0-0 3-8 0 5 2

Felton 37:14 6-14 0-0 4-5 4 3 12

Prigioni 18:50 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 4 3

Smith 36:00 4-11 4-5 1-6 2 2 13

Kidd 5:20 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Martin 20:11 2-2 3-4 0-2 1 3 7

Stoudmre 6:34 0-0 2-2 0-2 0 1 2

Copelnd 19:25 4-6 2-2 1-4 1 3 13

Novak 0:35 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 32-78 14-17 10-40 12 30 85

Percentages: FG .410, FT .824. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Copeland 3-4, Prigioni 1-2, Anthony 1-3, Shumpert 1-4, Smith 1-4, Felton 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 11 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Chandler 2, Martin 2, Smith). Turnovers: 10 (Anthony 3, Copeland 2, Smith 2, Martin, Shumpert, Stoudemire). Steals: 12 (Felton 3, Smith 3, Copeland 2, Anthony, Chandler, Martin, Prigioni). Technical Fouls: Shumpert, 7:22 first Anthony, 11:03 first.

Indiana 15 19 23 18 — 75

New York 19 21 27 18 — 85

Attendance • 19,033. Time • 2:37.

Officials • Scott Foster, John Goble, Bill Kennedy.