Carmelo Anthony stepped up huge as the Knicks won game two. The New York Knicks outscored the Indiana Pacers 33-13 in the fourth quarter and evened evened up this Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series winning game two 105-79.
The Knicks led by 69-66 with 42 seconds remaining in the third, then went on a 30-2 run, which included 23 straight at one point to pull away.
The Pacers went over 12 minutes without a field goal before Orlando Johnson made a 3-pointer ended the run with just over 3 minutes to go in the fourth.
The Pacers were extremely sloppy in this game, especially in the final quarter. The key difference in game two was turnovers. Indiana turned the ball over 21 times, while the Knicks turned it over just 6 times. New York used those 21 turnovers and turned them into 32 points. Indiana turning the ball over so often allowed the Knicks to take 23 more shots.
After a sub-par performance in game one, Carmelo Anthony was phenomenal in game two. Anthony finished with a game high 32 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Iman Shumpert was excellent defensively, but made some major contributions on the offensive side of the ball. Shumpert scored 15 points on 7/11 from the field, which included a ridiculous put pack slam off a Chris Copeland missed three.
The only negatives for the Knicks in this one were the struggles of JR Smith and Jason Kidd. Smith shot 3/15 from the field scoring 6 points, and Jason Kidd failed to hit a shot.
For the Pacers, only 3 players scored in double figures. Paul George led Indiana with 20 points, but committed 7 of the teams 21 turnovers. David West had 13 points, and George Hill added 12. While the final score looks really bad, the Pacers were in this game for 3 quarters, before falling apart in the fourth. Indiana better hope its sloppy play doesn’t continue as this series move on.
The series now shifts to Indiana for game 3 on Saturday night. Tip-off is set for just after 8pm from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.