Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Unlike the New York Knicks, Lance Stephenson didn't want to go back home.
The Indiana Pacers withstood Carmelo Anthony and a 3-point barrage by the Knicks in the second half to advance to their first Eastern Conference final in nine years.
The Brooklyn-native Stephenson netted a career-high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds and Paul George added 23 points in the Pacers' 106-99 win over the Knicks in Game 6 of this Eastern Conference semifinal.
Roy Hibbert tallied 21 points, 12 boards and five blocks for Indiana, which is off to its first conference finals since losing to the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
Anthony scored 35 points through the first three quarters and finished with 39, but again struggled in the final frame. He missed his first five shots from the floor and committed three crucial turnovers in the quarter.