Rapid Reaction: Knicks 105, Pacers 79
May, 7, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks-Pacers series is now a best-of-five.
New York went on a 30-2 run over the third and fourth quarters to take command of Game 2 and even the series at 1-1. Game 3 is on Saturday in Indianapolis.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 32 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to help lift New York to a 105-79 thrashing.
Anthony's fingerprints were all over the Knicks' decisive run.
He hit a jumper and 3-pointer on subsequent possessions to give the Knicks a 16-point lead with 8:28 to play. The Knicks' lead ballooned to as many as 30 points.
Anthony shot much more efficiently in Game 2 than he did in the series opener. He went 13-for-26 on Tuesday after going 10-for-28 in Game 1. He was a combined 35-for-110 in his past four games entering play tonight.
The Knicks also out-rebounded the Pacers 37-35 in Game 2 after getting out-rebounded by 14 in Game 1. They had 52 paint points to the Pacers' 40. In Game 1, Indiana outscored New York by 14 in the paint.
The Knicks' defense also held Indiana scoreless for the first 7:12 of the fourth quarter.
CARMELO'S SHOULDER: Anthony has been dealing with a left shoulder injury he first suffered in Game 5 of the Boston series. He appeared to aggravate the injury after a dunk early in the third quarter.
He looked fine later in the quarter though, when he drove left baseline on David West and dunked right over Jeff Pendergraph.
'PAB-LO!': There was a new chant at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night: "Pab-Lo! Pab-Lo" rang through the rafters late in the game. And for good reason.
The Knicks backup point guard Pablo Prigioni finished with 10 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in the win. He had a 3-pointer and runner on back-to-back possessions early in the fourth to give New York an 11-point lead with 10:09 to play.
Jason Kidd, the Knicks' other veteran point guard, is struggling to score the ball but still found ways to contribute on Tuesday. He tipped a J.R. Smith missed 3 to Tyson Chandler and Chandler converted a dunk with two seconds left in the third to give the Knicks a six-point lead heading into the fourth.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TURNOVERS: The Knicks forced Indiana into 12 first-half turnovers and scored 20 points off of those turnovers.
They forced nine more in the second half and finished with 32 points off of turnovers.
SHUMP SLAM: Iman Shumpert electrified the crowd with a one-handed putback dunk off of a Chris Copeland miss in the second quarter. He then converted a layup off of a pretty cut without the ball to give the Knicks an 11-point lead.
New York had another pretty slam late in the third quarter when Felton knocked the ball away from George Hill and threw it off the backboard for a Kenyon Martin dunk.
Two pieces of bad news? Raymond Felton limped off the floor with 55 seconds to go in the third quarter. He did not play in the fourth quarter. Also, Smith's shooting struggles continued. The Knicks' sixth man went 3-for-15 and had eight points. He shot 4-for-15 in Game 1.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will have three days to prepare for Game 3 in Indianapolis on Saturday night.
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