Carmelo Anthony scored 20 second-half points to lead the New York Knicks over the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, 101-79, to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series, 1-1.
The Knicks led 72-66 at the end of the third quarter, but really turned it on in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pacers, 33-13. Indiana's scoring drought lasted roughly eight minutes.
Turnovers were a major factor in the outcome. Indiana turned the ball over 21 times, compared to six by New York.
While Anthony was the key scorer for the Knicks, head coach Mike Woodson received strong support from some rather unlikely players. Iman Shumpert, Pablo Prigioni, and Kenyon Martin combined to shoot 16-21 from the field and totaled 35 points.
"I think for the most part from the start of the game and throughout the whole game, I think we played with a sense of urgency today," Anthony said. "We played the way we've been playing as far as competing at the highest level."
Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points.
The series shifts to Indianapolis on Saturday for Game Three.
Mike Conley scored 26 points and helped fuel a fourth-quarter run as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 99-93, to gain home-court advantage and even the Western Conference semi-final series, 1-1.
The star point guard converted 11 of his 22 shots, and also pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with his nine assists to finish just short of a triple-double.
"He played like he had been playing all season, and we needed that," head coach Lionel Hollins said. "We needed to have somebody on the perimeter do something. He started getting to the basket a little bit and scored some big jump shots late."
Conley got some key help from his big men. Center Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and power forward Zach Randolph grabbed eight rebounds to go along with his 15 points.
Kevin Durant nearly recorded a triple-double, as well. The superstar forward scored 36 points to go along with 11 rebounds and nine assists. With guard Russell Westbrook still sidelined, reserve Derek Fisher made the most of his playing time by scoring 19 points, and hit four of his five three-point attempts.
Game Three will be in Memphis on Saturday.