The Indiana Pacers hung tough against the New York Knicks throughout the first half, and managed to take the lead in the third quarter. Carmelo Anthony began heating up late in the third after shooting 4/11 in the first half, but as the quarter wore down, Carmelo caught fire after dunking on Jeff Pendergraph. He carried his momentum and the Knicks to an dominant 30-2 run to start the fourth. Melo finished with 32 points on 13/26 shooting with nine boards. The Knicks were able to clear their bench and get their starters some valuable rest. They cruised to a 105-79 victory to tie the series.
Game 3 is in Indiana on Saturday, where Amare Stoudemire may make his return to the Knicks.
Knicks' run began when Frank Vogel called timeout with Indiana on a 10-4 run with 3:05 left in the third.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) May 8, 2013
28-2 run that has carried over from the 3Q for the #Knicks. Melo caught fire & now has 32 pts on 50% shooting. 90-66 NY lead 6:02 4Q— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) May 8, 2013
While the Knicks have been going on this fourth quarter run, with Melo burying three's right in front of him, Floyd Mayweather hasn't moved— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 8, 2013
George Hill bricks a technical free throw, failing to end 25-2 Knicks run. Pacers haven't scored in the fourth, halfway through.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) May 8, 2013
The Knicks snapped a streak of 47 straight games without scoring 100 points in a playoff game, which was the longest streak in NBA history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 8, 2013
Knicks even the series at 1 with a dominating 105-79 win over the Pacers. Carmelo shot lights out with 32pts 9reb: bit.ly/15ol8FE— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 8, 2013
FINAL: Knicks 105, Pacers 79. The series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is Saturday night.— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) May 8, 2013
Remember, Pacers lost in previous round at Atl by 21 and 11. Knicks shouldn't have lost G1. Heads still in G6 survival in Boston.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 8, 2013
This is a remarkable garbage time lineup the Knicks have just trotted out.— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) May 8, 2013
Q Rich, Novak, Copeland, Prigioni, and James White...talk about a star studded lineup for the Knicks— Peter Passafaro (@peter_passafaro) May 8, 2013
Really fantastic game from the Knicks. Pacers doing some bad stuff, sure, but this is about Knicks playing both ends beautifully.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 8, 2013
Now this is the intensity we've been missing! LETS GO KNICKS!!— KnicksTape (@KnicksTape) May 8, 2013