The New York Knicks blew past the Indiana Pacers in the fourth quarter Tuesday, lighting up a 30-2 run late in the game to beat the Pacers 105-79 and even the Eastern Conference semifinals series at 1-1 as they shift to Indianapolis.
The Knicks' decisive run lasted an amount of game time nearly equivalent to an entire quarter: 11 minutes and 32 seconds. Carmelo Anthony, who has struggled from the floor so far in the playoffs, led the run with 11 points, including two three-pointers and a three-point play that gave New York an 87-66 lead with 6:33 to play. Anthony and the rest of the Knicks' starters were lifted with 4:55 to play and a 92-66 lead.
Anthony finished with 32 points on 13-of-26 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Iman Shumpert was the Knicks' second-leading scorer with 15 points. Raymond Felton, who scored 14 points, left the game with just under a minute left in the third quarter after turning his left ankle and did not return.
The Knicks' offense, though hot, was only part of the big run. Mike Woodson's defense held Indiana without a field goal for a 12-minute span while Anthony and Co. found and expanded upon the first-half rhythm that pushed them to a lead as large as 13 in the second quarter. The Pacers didn't even get on the board at all in the final quarter until Tyler Hansbrough hit a pair of free throws with 4:48 to play.
Indiana's first field goal of the fourth quarter was an Orlando Johnson three with 3:09 to play. The Pacers had gone 12 minutes and 19 seconds without a made field goal before the make.
Before Indiana seemed to throw in the towel, it had done a fine job of hanging with the Knicks after a slow start. The Pacers led as late as the three-minute mark in the third quarter.
The Knicks were 10-of-30 from three-point range, building their lead in the first half mostly inside the arc. The Pacers finished 30-of-66 from the floor. Paul George had 20 points, four rebounds and seven turnovers for Indiana.
Game 3 in Indianapolis tips off Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.