New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points without
playing in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks clinched the No. 2 seed
in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 triumph over the Indiana Pacers on
Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
After suffering a left shoulder contusion late in the third, Anthony sat the
rest of the way with the Knicks comfortably in front the entire final frame.
Chris Copeland scored 20, J.R. Smith had 15 and Raymond Felton chipped in 11
for the red-hot Knicks, winners in 15 of their last 16 games. They assured
themselves home court advantage through the Eastern Conference semifinals and
a first round showdown with the Boston Celtics.
Lance Stephenson scored a team-high 22 points for the Pacers, who have
struggled down the stretch by dropping four of five. However, they clinched
the No. 3 seed in the East after Brooklyn fell to Toronto on Sunday.
David West finished with 17 points and eight rebounds and Jeff Pendergraph
scored 12 off the bench in the setback.
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