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Pacers put away Knicks early to take 3-1 lead

INDIANAPOLIS — George Hill scored 26 and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday night, leading the Pacers to a 93-82 victory over the Knicks and a 3-1 lead in the second-round series.

Indiana needs one more win to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2004.

"We wanted it," George said. "For us to come out with that edge, still, after being up 2-1 and being on our floor for Game 4, it just speaks to how focused we are right now."

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony fouled out with 24 points. Guard J.R. Smith, playing after missing several practices because of illness, scored 19 on 7-for-22 shooting.

The game followed a familiar pattern. New York's shooting was off, Indiana had a huge rebounding edge and the Knicks couldn't challenge in the second half.

"There's no need for anyone to hang their heads at this point,'' Anthony said. '

Indiana closed the first quarter on a 9-2 run to break a 14-14 tie. New York never got closer than five the rest of the way.

"I take the blame for this whole series. Shooting 7-for-22 isn't getting it done," Smith said.

Indiana, 5-0 at home in the playoffs, has won each time by double digits. New York shot 35.6 percent from the field, 28.6 percent on 3-pointers and was outrebounded 54-36.

New York's Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Amare Stoudemire combined for 42 minutes in the first half and had a total of seven points, nine rebounds and nine fouls —three each.

Spurs roll in Game 5

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 25 and the Spurs routed the Warriors 109-91 to take a 3-2 lead in the West semifinal series. Tim Duncan added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Harrison Barnes led Golden State with 25 points. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, touted as the best-shooting backcourt ever by coach Mark Jackson, scored nine and four, respectively.

Thunder-grizzlies: The Thunder is maintaining an optimistic outlook that it will continue playing beyond tonight's home game, trailing the Grizzlies 3-1. After blowing a 17-point lead and losing Game 4 in overtime Monday night, coach Scott Brooks brought up that there would be a barbecue festival in Memphis on Friday, when Game 6 would be played. "Every game has been right down to the last two minutes," Brooks said. "That gives you hope." The Grizzlies expect a desperate effort from the Thunder. "We have to be ready for a heavyweight battle," coach Lionel Hollins said.

Around the league: Wizards guard Bradley Beal, a former Gator standout, was named to the All-Rookie first team in voting by head coaches. He is joined by Cavs guard Dion Waiters, Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and the Warriors' Barnes. … The NBA Board of Governors will meet today in Dallas to possibly resolve the tug of war over the Kings between a group in Seattle that wants to move them and a group in Sacramento that wants the franchise to stay put. The Seattle group trying to purchase the Kings is on the offensive after the NBA relocation committee's decision on April 29 to recommend denying the move. Investor Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer have raised their purchase offer of the Kings by $75 million and negotiated a backup deal with the Maloof family, trying to sway owners.

Pacers 93, Knicks 82

NEW YORK (82): Anthony 9-23 4-5 24, Martin 0-3 0-0 0, Chandler 4-9 4-4 12, Felton 7-16 0-0 14, Shumpert 0-6 0-0 0, Smith 7-22 2-3 19, Kidd 0-2 0-0 0, Stoudemire 1-2 2-2 4, Prigioni 0-0 0-0 0, Copeland 2-3 0-0 6, Novak 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 31-87 12-14 82.

INDIANA (93): George 6-19 5-8 18, West 3-9 4-4 10, Hibbert 2-8 2-3 6, Hill 9-14 6-9 26, Stephenson 5-13 0-0 13, T.Hansbrough 1-3 0-0 2, Augustin 2-5 6-6 11, Young 2-2 0-0 5, Mahinmi 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Pendergraph 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-76 23-30 93.

New York 16 18 22 26— 82

Indiana 23 25 19 26— 93

3-Point GoalsNew York 8-28 (Smith 3-10, Copeland 2-3, Anthony 2-6, Novak 1-1, Kidd 0-1, Felton 0-2, Shumpert 0-5), Indiana 8-25 (Stephenson 3-7, Hill 2-6, Young 1-1, Augustin 1-2, George 1-9). Fouled OutAnthony. ReboundsNew York 47 (Chandler 10), Indiana 63 (George 14). AssistsNew York 14 (Felton 6), Indiana 17 (George 7). Total FoulsNew York 29, Indiana 18. TechnicalsChandler, Stoudemire, Indiana defensive three second 2. A18,165 (18,165).

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