NBA playoffs: Knicks 105, Pacers 79: Huge run pulls New York even

2013-05-08T00:00:00Z NBA playoffs: Knicks 105, Pacers 79: Huge run pulls New York evenThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony hung from the rim, the helpless defender who tried to stop his dunk lying on the court below after falling.

Pretty soon, Anthony's jumper was falling, too.

Once that happened, the New York Knicks blew away the Indiana Pacers with a performance that resembled something from earlier this season.

Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, and the Knicks beat the Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game.

"I think for the most part from the start of the game and throughout the whole game, I think we played with a sense of urgency today," Anthony said. "We played the way we've been playing as far as competing at the highest level."

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.

Paul George scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a two-point lead and momentum when coach Frank Vogel called timeout.

By the time the Pacers got on the board in the final period, the Knicks had opened a 26-point advantage.

"The fourth quarter we just defensively, we picked up," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "We kept getting stop after stop and then we would rebound the ball and get it up and our offense began to flow like old times. It was kind of nice to see."

Game 3 is Saturday at Indianapolis.

David West scored 13 points for the Pacers, who committed 21 turnovers that led to 32 points.

Indiana had trailed most of the night before taking a 64-62 lead on George Hill's three-pointer with 3:28 left in the third quarter that capped a 10-4 run, the Pacers seeming to have all the momentum.

Vogel then called timeout with a little more than 3 minutes left and subbed out center Roy Hibbert.

Seeing the middle open, Anthony came back attacking, first with a drive and then a dunk that knocked over Hibbert's replacement, Jeff Pendergraph, and the game was never the same.

Today's games

• Bulls at Heat: 4 p.m. on TNT, Bulls lead series 1-0

• Warriors at Spurs: 6:30 p.m. on TNT, Spurs lead series 1-0

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