Anthony finds stroke, Knicks pull away to even series

8:53 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - After struggling against the Indiana Pacers' formidable defense in the opener of their playoff series, the New York Knicks got even by beating their opponent at their own game.

Carmelo Anthony racked up 22 of his 32 points in the second half, and the Knicks completely shut the Pacers down over the final 15 minutes to come up with a 105-79 Game 2 victory at Madison Square Garden that knotted the Eastern Conference semifinal set at 1-1.

New York earned the split by virtue of a mammoth 36-4 run that turned a two- point deficit into a 98-68 lead with 3:30 left to play, with the Pacers failing to make a single field goal over that nearly 12-minute sequence. Indiana misfired on 14 consecutive attempts from the floor during that stretch until Orlando Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining.

The Pacers shot just 25 percent for the fourth quarter and were plagued by turnovers all game long, committing 21 giveaways that the Knicks converted into 32 points.

Iman Shumpert added 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to help the Knicks bounce back from Sunday's 102-95 loss in Game 1, with Raymond Felton contributing 14 points in the triumph.

Paul George topped Indiana with 20 points, but had only five after halftime. David West and George Hill finished with 13 and 12, respectively, in the setback.

The series will next shift to Indianapolis, with Game 3 set for Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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