Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Knicks rout Pacers in NBA playoffs

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony had 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game.

Iman Shumpert added 15 points, including a thunderous putback dunk in the first half — "It was beautiful for me," he said — and Raymond Felton scored 14 as the Knicks turned a close game into a blowout over the final 15 minutes.

Paul George scored 20 for the Pacers, who had a two-point lead and momentum when coach Frank Vogel called timeout with a little more than three minutes left in the third quarter.

By the time the Pacers got on the board in the final quarter, the Knicks led by 26.

David West scored 13 for the Pacers, who committed 21 turnovers that led to 32 points, negating their height advantage that keyed their Game 1 victory.

"Like old times again," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "We lost homecourt advantage after losing the first game. The only way to get out of this series is we got to go get one (in Indianapolis). It would be nice if we got it Saturday."

Indiana took a 64-62 lead on George Hill's 3-pointer with 3:28 left in the third quarter that capped a 10-4 run. Vogel then called timeout and subbed out center Roy Hibbert. Anthony, who broke out of a shooting slump, came back with a drive and then a dunk while drawing a foul, and the game was never the same.

"They went in today," Anthony said. "They started going in late. They came at a crucial time."

"Melo just caught fire," George said. "I felt like we made it as difficult as we could."

Knicks guard J.R. Smith continued to struggle, going 3 of 15 for eight points.

It was New York's largest postseason victory margin since 109-75 over Detroit on April 24, 1992.

late monday: Manu Ginobili hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.2 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the host Spurs to a 129-127 win over the Warriors and Stephen Curry, who scored 44 in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals. San Antonio closed regulation with an 18-2 run. Ginobili's winner came 43.7 seconds after he missed an ill-advised 3-pointer. "I went from wanting to trade him on the spot to wanting to cook breakfast for him," coach Gregg Popovich said. "When I talk to him and say, 'Manu,' he goes, 'This is what I do.' I stopped coaching him a long time ago." Golden State players were upbeat at Tuesday's practice, believing that they gave the game away. "We deserve to be here in this situation, regardless of age and experience," Curry said. "We feel very confident."

around the league: Bulls forward Luol Deng (illness) is reportedly out and guard Kirk Hinrich (calf) is doubtful tonight against the Heat. … Phil Jackson reportedly turned down coaching overtures from the Nets, saying he wants a front-office role. … The Suns hired Celtics executive Ryan McDonough, 33, as general manager. In 10 years with Boston he went from special assistant to basketball operations to assistant GM the past three years. …Scottsdale, Ariz., police said they are investigating Suns forward Michael Beasley in connection with an alleged sexual assault. Police said an incident occurred in January.

Knicks 105, Pacers 79

INDIANA (79): George 8-16 1-3 20, West 4-7 5-5 13, Hibbert 3-7 0-0 6, Hill 4-11 2-4 12, Stephenson 4-13 0-0 9, T.Hansbrough 0-0 2-4 2, Young 1-1 0-0 2, Augustin 2-3 0-0 4, Mahinmi 0-0 0-0 0, Pendergraph 0-0 0-0 0, B.Hansbrough 0-1 0-0 0, Green 3-5 0-0 7, Johnson 1-2 1-2 4. Totals 30-66 11-18 79.

NEW YORK (105): Anthony 13-26 4-4 32, Shumpert 7-11 0-0 15, Chandler 4-5 0-0 8, Felton 5-9 2-2 14, Prigioni 4-4 0-0 10, Smith 3-15 1-2 8, Kidd 0-3 0-0 0, Martin 5-6 0-2 10, Copeland 0-4 0-0 0, Novak 0-1 0-0 0, Richardson 2-3 0-0 6, White 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 44-89 7-10 105.

Indiana 20 22 24 13— 79

New York 29 18 25 33— 105

3-Point GoalsIndiana 8-25 (George 3-9, Hill 2-5, Johnson 1-1, Green 1-2, Stephenson 1-7, B.Hansbrough 0-1), New York 10-30 (Felton 2-2, Prigioni 2-2, Richardson 2-3, Anthony 2-5, Shumpert 1-3, Smith 1-7, White 0-1, Novak 0-1, Kidd 0-3, Copeland 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 44 (Hibbert 12), New York 47 (Anthony 9). AssistsIndiana 19 (Hill 7), New York 20 (Kidd, Prigioni 4). Total FoulsIndiana 18, New York 20. TechnicalsChandler. A19,033 (19,763).


East semifinals

Heat (1) vs. Bulls (5)

Tonight: at Miami, 7, TNT

Wednesday: at Miami, 7, TNT

Friday: at Chicago, 8, ESPN

May 13: at Chicago, 7, TNT

May 15: at Miami, TBA, TNT*

May 17: at Chicago, TBA , ESPN*

May 19: at Miami, TBA, TNT*

Pacers 1, Knicks 0

Sunday: Pacers 102, Knicks 95

Tuesday: at New York, 7, TNT

Saturday: at Indiana, 8, Ch. 28

May 14: at Indiana, TBA, TNT

May 16: at New York, 8, TNT*

May 18: at Indiana, TBA, ESPN*

May 20: at New York, 8, TNT*

West semifinals

Thunder 1, Grizzlies 0

Sunday: Thunder 93, Grizzlies 91

Tuesday: at Oklahoma City, 9:30, TNT

Saturday: at Memphis, 5, ESPN

May 13: at Memphis, 9:30, TNT

May 15: at Oklahoma City, TBA, TNT*

May 17: at Memphis, TBA, ESPN*

May 19: at Oklahoma City, TBA, TBA*

Spurs (2) vs. Warriors (6)

Tonight: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT

Wednesday: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at Golden State, 10:30, ESPN

May 12: at Golden State, 3:30, Ch. 28

May 14: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT*

May 16: at Golden State, TBA, ESPN*

May 19: at San Antonio, TBA, TBA*

* — if necessary

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