Both the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies were able to tie up their respective series at 1-1 with victories on Tuesday. The Knicks used a big fourth quarter run to pull away from the Indiana Pacers, while the Grizzlies edged the Oklahoma City Thunder. Let's take a closer look at the action.
Knicks 105, Pacers 79
Leading by six heading into the fourth quarter, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks decided enough was enough. After once again struggling for much of the first three quarters, Anthony heated up in the final frame as New York went on a 20-0 run to start the fourth quarter en route to a 105-79 victory over Indiana.
Anthony finished with 32 points and nine rebounds, with 11 of those points coming during the big run. The Knicks' star went 4-of-6 from the field in the fourth quarter and 13-of-26 for the game, marking the first time he shot 50 percent since April 12.
Iman Shumpert had 15 points and six rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting in support of Anthony. Two of those points came on a thunderous put-back dunk, by far the most explosive play Shumpert has made since returning from an ACL injury in January. Raymond Felton added 14 points, although he did tweak his left ankle in the third quarter.
After losing Game 1, the Knicks came out with a vengeance on Tuesday, going up 29-20 after one quarter. The Pacers managed to keep it close despite a ton of turnovers, cutting their deficit to five at the half. Indiana actually took the lead briefly in the third quarter before falling apart.
Grizzlies 99, Thunder 93
Trailing by one with about two minutes left, Conley buried a huge three to give Memphis a two-point lead. After Durant missed an open three, Conley came down and hit another jumper with 1:04 left to help put the nail in the coffin.
Conley finished just one assist shy of a triple-double, posting a line of 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Durant also fell just one assist short of a triple-double, finishing with 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
In addition to Conley's big performance, Marc Gasol stepped up with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists. Zach Randolph added 15 points and eight rebounds for Memphis, who grabbed 16 offensive rebounds on the night.
Durant did not get much help outside of Derek Fisher's 19 points, with the rest of the Thunder starting lineup combining for just 32 points. Kevin Martin really struggled off the bench, scoring just six points on 2-of-11 shooting. Oklahoma City had issues protecting the ball, coughing it up 21 times, which led to 29 points for Memphis.
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