Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and the New York Knicks stayed alive in the National Basketball Association playoffs with an 85-75 home win against the Indiana Pacers.
J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each added 13 points for the Knicks, who never trailed in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,033 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Indiana’s 75 points were the fewest New York allowed in the series.
“Our backs were against the wall and we weren’t ready to go home,” Anthony said in a televised interview after the game. “We’re taking it one day at a time. We have faith, we believe.”
The Knicks now trail three-games-to-two in the best-of-seven second-round series. Game 6 is set for May 18 at Indianapolis, where the Pacers are 5-0 this postseason and 4-0 against this Knicks this year. If the Knicks also win that game, a decisive seventh game would be played in New York on May 20.
The series winner will face the defending champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. The Heat eliminated the Chicago Bulls in five games in the second round.
Later tonight in Oakland, California, the Golden State Warriors will try to even their series against the San Antonio Spurs at 3-3. The winner of that series will play the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals.
Paul George scored 23 points to lead the Pacers, while David West added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Indiana played without point guard George Hill, who suffered a concussion in the first half of Game 4, when he scored 26 points.
Hill, who has averaged 16 points per game in the playoffs and led the Pacers with 26 points in Game 4, was sidelined by a concussion and was listed as day to day.
The Knicks held a 40-34 lead at halftime, their largest first-half point total in three games. After being out-rebounded by 30 in the past two games combined, the Knicks had 40 rebounds to Indiana’s 43.
Knicks guard Jason Kidd continued his postseason woes, playing less than six minutes, his fewest in a game these playoffs. A 10-time All-Star, he is scoreless in his last nine games, going 0-17 from the floor and 0-10 from three-point range in 182 minutes.