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Anthony, Knicks beat Pacers in NBA playoffs

Carmelo Anthony celebrates during a Game 5 victory over the Pacers that sends the East semifinal series back to Indianapolis.

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Carmelo Anthony celebrates during a Game 5 victory over the Pacers that sends the East semifinal series back to Indianapolis.

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 28 to help the Knicks stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Pacers in Game 5 on Thursday night.

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Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail the series 3-2 and need a win Saturday in Indiana to force Game 7. They are trying to become the ninth NBA team to win a series after trailing 3-1.

"I was totally impressed because we met the challenge," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "As a coach you come into games like this and you want to see who's going to step up and make plays, and I thought we did that."

Anthony, who didn't make a field goal in the fourth quarter of either game in Indiana, made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within four.

The Knicks changed their lineup, reinserting guard Pablo Prigioni after going with a bigger lineup Tuesday.

Paul George had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers, who played without point guard George Hill because of a concussion sustained Tuesday and committed 19 turnovers.

"We didn't play well. It was a bad game for us, and we were still there," George said.

The winner faces the Heat starting Wednesday in Miami.

"We've just got to play more solid," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said.

Woodson gave only limited minutes to veterans Amare Stoudemire and Jason Kidd, who missed his only shot and remains scoreless in the series.

"Coaching is a feel. It's not always what players want at the end of the day, it's about winning," Woodson said. "That's all I'm in it for."

Griz advance, rest: The Grizzlies enjoyed a day off after clinching the franchise's first berth in the Western Conference final with an 88-84 victory over the host Thunder in Game 5 late Wednesday. Memphis has won eight of nine. Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant had one of his worst playoff shooting performances (5-for-21, 21 points) and missed an open 16-foot jumper that would have tied it in the closing seconds. "I can live with myself knowing that I gave it all that I had," he said.

Around the league: Ousted NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter alleges in a lawsuit that president Derek Fisher had a secret deal with owners during the 2011 lockout that benefited himself, his publicist and certain players and undermined Hunter's efforts to reach an agreement. The suit seeks unspecified damages for defamation and breach of contract. Fisher declined comment. … Celtics executive Danny Ainge said Doc Rivers will return next season, tweeting: "We've got a coach everybody would love to have." … Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel said he's ahead of schedule in rehab from a torn left ACL sustained against Florida in February and expects to be the first pick in the June 27 draft. He hopes to play again in December. Noel and Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore are widely considered the best in the draft. The Magic, with a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick in next week's lottery, planned to meet with both.

Knicks 85, Pacers 75

INDIANA (75): George 7-18 7-10 23, West 7-17 3-6 17, Hibbert 3-7 3-4 9, Augustin 3-9 3-5 12, Stephenson 1-7 2-4 4, Mahinmi 2-2 1-4 5, Young 0-1 0-0 0, T.Hansbrough 0-3 0-0 0, Green 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 25-69 19-33 75.

NEW YORK (85): Shumpert 2-10 0-0 5, Anthony 12-28 3-4 28, Chandler 1-4 0-0 2, Felton 6-14 0-0 12, Prigioni 1-2 0-0 3, Smith 4-11 4-5 13, Kidd 0-1 0-0 0, Martin 2-2 3-4 7, Stoudemire 0-0 2-2 2, Copeland 4-6 2-2 13, Novak 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 14-17 85.

Indiana 15 19 23 18— 75

New York 19 21 27 18— 85

3-Point GoalsIndiana 6-19 (Augustin 3-7, George 2-6, Green 1-4, Young 0-1, Stephenson 0-1), New York 7-18 (Copeland 3-4, Prigioni 1-2, Anthony 1-3, Smith 1-4, Shumpert 1-4, Felton 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 60 (West 10), New York 47 (Chandler 8). AssistsIndiana 12 (George 6), New York 12 (Felton 4). Total FoulsIndiana 18, New York 30. TechnicalsWest, Anthony, Shumpert. A19,033 (19,763).

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