Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks have locked up the second seed with a win over the Indiana Pacers, final score 90-80. The Pacers' grip on the third seed slipped, with the Brooklyn Nets just two behind the Pacers in the loss column.
Anthony continued his 25 or more point streak, reaching the mark for the sixth-straight game. He ended the night with 25 points, but leaned on volume shooting going only 9-for-23 from the field. Chris Copeland and J.R. Smith combined for 35 points off the bench.
The Knicks were without both Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin, and the Pacers outrebounded the Knicks, 45-32, taking advantage of New York's lack of front court depth. Roy Hibbert only scored four points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Lance Stephenson scored a team-high 22 points while going 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Paul George scored nine points, a game-high 11 assists, and seven rebounds.