Around the NBA: Pacers top Knicks in series opener

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Kevin Durant pumps his fist after putting the Thunder ahead to stay against the Grizzlies.

Pacers 102, Knicks 95: David West scored 20 points, Paul George added 19 and Indiana defeated host New York yesterday in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.

D.J. Augustin had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third quarter.

Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, but he appeared frustrated by the Pacers’ rugged defense and by the referees. He shot 10 of 28 from the field.

Indiana outscored New York 59-38 across the middle two quarters and was comfortably ahead throughout the fourth.

“Just a strong defensive effort,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

The Pacers led 60-54 when Anthony committed his fourth foul and came out of the game with 7:48 remaining in the third quarter. They then outscored the Knicks 21-11 the remainder of the quarter. Anthony came back in to start the fourth and scored the first six points to get the Knicks back within 10. He picked up a fifth on a questionable offensive foul call with 10 minutes left, and New York failed to make a final push.“The physicality of this game didn’t do nothing to me, to us,” Anthony said. “They beat us on the glass, they beat us to the loose basketballs out there, the hustle plays, and they outworked us. I don’t think that had anything do with being more physical.”  < /p>

Thunder 93, Grizzlies 91: Kevin Durant scored 35 points and hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute to lift host Oklahoma City in the opener of a Western Conference semifinal series.

Durant made a pull-up jumper with 11.1 seconds left that put the Thunder up 91-90.

After a Memphis turnover, Reggie Jackson hit two free throws to make it a three-point game. Quincy Pondexter had a chance to send the game to overtime for the Grizzlies when he was fouled attempting a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining, but he missed the first free throw.

Pondexter made the second before purposefully missing the third attempt, but Marc Gasol’s attempt at a buzzer-beater was late.Gasol finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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