Notebook: Knicks 90, Pacers 80



Posted Apr 14, 2013 7:41 PM

Adam Zagoria, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Carmelo Anthony went for 25 points despite suffering a contused left shoulder that knocked him out in the fourth quarter and the Knicks secured the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with an 90-80 win over the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden.

Winners of 15 of 16, the Knicks are locked into a first-round showdown with the Boston Celtics. The Knicks won the season series, 3-1, over Boston for the first time since the 2003-4 season. The Knicks will have homecourt advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason.

Chris Copeland added 20 points off the bench and J.R. Smith tallied 15 points and eight rebounds for New York

In his return to New York, Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson went for a season-best 22 points in the loss. David West added 17 points and eight rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "That's big for us. We wanted to lock that second seed up. We wanted to do it here on our home court. We know Indiana is a tough team, we know how hard they played us. But we really wanted to come lock this game in and we did that."
-- Anthony in his on-court interview.

THE STAT: The Knicks shot 11-for-31 (36 percent) from the arc, while the Pacers went 8-for-28 (29 percent).

TURNING POINT: The Knicks led 23-15 after one period and extended the bulge to 41-21 in the second quarter before Indiana closed to within 47-40 at the half. Anthony had 15 points at the break and Copeland 12.

QUOTABLE II: "I'm good, I'm good, I'm good. I just got nicked. I'm good."
-- Anthony on his shoulder.

WHO'S HOT: Anthony entered as the NBA's leading scorer (28.7 ppg) and was averaging 36 points and 13.4 rebounds in his last five games. He did receive his 14th technical foul in the third period. With two more during the regular season, he would get a one-game suspension.

WHO'S NOT: Jason Kidd went scoreless with four assists. He entered averaging 5.6 points and 1.6 assists in his last five games.

QUOTABLE III: "His shoulder's fine and I was going to put him back but I decided to pull him and ride the guys that kept the lead for us."
-- Knicks coach Mike Woodson on Anthony.

NOTABLE: The Knicks were again without Tyson Chandler (bulging disc in his neck), Kenyon Martin (sore left knee), Marcus Camby (left plantar fasciitis), Amar'e Stoudemire (right knee debridement) and Rasheed Wallace (fractured left fifth metatarsal). Solomon Jones got his first start as a Knick in place of Copeland. Martin and Chandler won't travel to Charlotte for Monday's game. "Tyson is getting better and Kenyon, surprisingly, is getting better, too," Woodson said. "Neither will travel to Charlotte." He added: "We got Wednesday's game so we'll see where they are Tuesday and then make a decision if they're going to play Wednesday [in Atlanta] or not." The coach said both Chandler and Martin will be available for Game 1 of the playoffs. "Yes," he said, "they will be there." As for Camby, Woodson called him "day-to-day," but said "I think he'll be ready [for the playoffs], too."

NOTABLE II: Wallace, who hasn't played since Dec. 13, has been running the past few days and, depending on how he feels Monday, could play Wednesday against Atlanta. "It all depends on how he comes out of today's workout, see how he feels tomorrow," Woodson said. He added: "Rasheed ran the last few days, so he's getting there. Still has a ways to go." Woodson said Wallace would "for sure" be ready for the playoffs and said he'd love to get 10-15 minutes a game from him then. "I think anything from 10-15 minutes, Rasheed being on the floor would be a positive for our ballclub," he said.

QUOTABLE IV: "We gotta get some healthy bodies back....And then we'll have Thursday and Friday to prepare for the playoffs. As coaches we'll start our preparation when we get back from Charlotte and once we get some healthy bodies back on Thursday, we'll start practicing and see where we are and who can be in the rotation once we start the playoffs."
-- Woodson.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Chadwick Boseman, who plays Jackie Robinson in the movie "42," sat courtside.

UP NEXT: For the Knicks, Monday @ Charlotte, Wednesday vs. Atlanta. For the Pacers, Tuesday @ Boston, Wednesday vs. Philadelphia.