(NEW YORK) — The Indiana Pacers had six players score in double figures as they rolled past the New York Knicks 102-95 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday.
David West scored 20 and Paul George had 19 in the win.
The Pacers outrebounded the Knicks 44-30. Pacers guard Lance Stephenson had 13 of those rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony sat most of the third quarter with foul trouble and finished the night with 27 points on 10-of-28 shooting.
The Pacers led by double digits for most of the second half. The Knicks made a small run at the end of the fourth quarter but could never get closer than six points.
“I thought they played harder than our team tonight. That was the difference,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. “Loose balls and things of that nature in the playoffs…you have to come up with them. They did all the little things. We didn’t start playing until we got down and it was desperation. We got to play like that from the start.”
Game 2 is Tuesday in New York. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
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