NBA: Knicks remain alive behind Anthony’s 28
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points to help the New York Knicks stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 last night.
Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail 3-2 in the series and will need a victory on Saturday in Indiana to force a seventh game on Monday in New York. They are trying to become the ninth NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
Anthony, who didn’t make a basket in the fourth quarter of either game in Indiana, made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed to four points. He followed with two free throws, Raymond Felton made a layup, and the Knicks were never in jeopardy again.
Paul George had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers, who played without point guard George Hill because of a concussion and committed 19 turnovers.