Pacers beat Knicks, 102-95, in Game 1
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) fouls Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) in the second quarter of Game 1 of their second-round NBA basketball series at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) drives past New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin (3) in the second quarter of Game 1 of their second-round NBA basketball series at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Knicks' Raymond Felton (2) is guarded by Indiana Pacers' George Hill as he drives to the basket in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Indiana Pacers David West is guarded by New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony in the first quarter of Game 1 of their second-round NBA basketball series at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
David West scored 20 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks, 102-95, yesterday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
D.J. Augustin had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third quarter, and easily held on to spoil the Knicks’ first second-round game since 2000.
Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, but was frustrated by the Pacers’ rugged defense and by the referees. He shot 10-of-28 from the field.
Game 2 is tomorrow night in New York, and then the series takes a lengthy break before Game 3 on Saturday in Indiana.
The Pacers, who allowed the second-fewest points per game and the lowest field goal percentage in the league during the regular season, mixed in solid offense as well. They outscored New York 59-38 across the middle two quarters and were comfortably ahead throughout the fourth.
Roy Hibbert scored 14 points in thoroughly outplaying counterpart Tyson Chandler, and George Hill also had 14 for the Pacers.
J.R. Smith scored 17 points but was 4-of-15 for the Knicks. Raymond Felton had 18 and Kenyon Martin added 12 for the Knicks, who hope to have reserves Amare Stoudemire (right knee surgery) and Steve Novak (back spasms) back for Game 3 and certainly looked as if they could use the help.
Thunder 93, Grizzlies 91
Kevin Durant scored 35 points and hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute to lift Oklahoma City over Memphis in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Derek Fisher poked the ball away from Mike Conley to spring Durant the other way and he pulled up to hit a shot with 11.1 seconds left to put Oklahoma City up 91-90. Thabo Sefolosha then deflected an inbounds pass, and Conley landed out of bounds while diving for the ball.
Reggie Jackson hit two free throws to make the lead three, and Quincy Pondexter was unable to hit all three of his free throws with 1.6 seconds left to tie it.
Game 2 is tomorrow night in Oklahoma City.