Notebook: Knicks 105, Pacers 79



Posted May 7, 2013 10:10 PM

Adam Zagoria, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Carmelo Anthony went for 32 points, Iman Shumpert 15 and Raymond Felton 14 as the Knicks used a dominant second half to rout the Indiana Pacers 105-79 at Madison Square Garden to even their second-round series at 1-1.

Trailing 64-62, the Knicks took control of the game with a 30-2 run bridging the third and fourth periods that put them ahead 92-66 and iced the game. Anthony scored 16 points during the spurt. New York outscored Indiana, 58-37, in the second half.

For the Pacers, Paul George went for 20 points, David West 13 and George Hill 12.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Indiana and the Knicks expect to get Amar'e Stoudemire back.

QUOTABLE: "I'm not too worried about my shots. I know the shots that I take, they can go in. I know I can make those shots. Just a matter of me doing some other things, and today I think I was a little bit more patient than I was in Game 1."
-- Anthony in his on-court interview.

THE STAT: The Knicks outrebounded the Pacers, 37-35, after Indiana out-boarded New York, 44-30, in Game 1.

THE STAT II: The Knicks forced 21 turnovers, and the Pacers forced six.

TURNING POINT: Trailing 64-62 in the third, the Knicks used a 30-2 spurt bridging the third and fourth quarters to take a 92-66 lead. Anthony scored 16 points in the spurt and Pablo Prigioni scored five straight points to open the fourth.

QUOTABLE II: "I think he's great. He's just a beast of an offensive player and a competitor on the defensive end. Made a lot of tough shots. We guarded him pretty well but he was great tonight."
-- Pacers coach Frank Vogel on Anthony.

WHO'S HOT: Anthony went 9-for-15 in the second half after going 4-of-11 in the first. He entered the game having made just 35 of his last 110 shots.

WHO'S NOT: Jason Kidd hasn't scored in the last six games. He did have four assists and two steals.

QUOTABLE III: "Melo just caught fire...He found opportunity and he found mismatches and he was just being aggressive."
-- George

NOTABLE: Stoudemire, who hasn't played since March 7 with a right knee debridement, scrimmaged three-on-three on Monday and will do so again Wednesday before practicing Friday; he took Tuesday off and will also rest Thursday. If there are no setbacks, he could also suit up for Game 3 on Saturday in Indianapolis. "Friday we'll try to get him in a five-on-five setting and then if he doesn't have any setback we'll probably dress him on Saturday," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

NOTABLE II: Woodson opted to bring Prigioni back late in the third period and he helped spark the run with a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer. "I went with him and he came up big for us," Woodson said.

QUOTABLE IV: "The more rest the better. At this point it's kind of hard to get some rest, so I just treat it the way I've been treating it as of late. See what happens. But I could use these next couple of days, I'll tell you that."
-- Anthony on the break before Game 3.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Patrick Ewing, John McEnroe and Laura Scott sat courtside.

UP NEXT: Game 3, Saturday @ Indiana. Game 4, May 14, @ Indiana. Game 5, May 16, @ New York.