The New York Knicks (28-40) defeated the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers (50-18), 92-86, at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.
New York’s season-long win streak was extended to seven games, which is the longest current streak in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile the Pacers’ four-game win streak was snapped.
Tonight’s win allowed New York avoid losing the season series to Indiana. The last time the Knicks dropped a season series to the Pacers was back in the the 2007-08 season.
The Carmelo Anthony-Paul George match-up was completely lopsided. Anthony played like it was a postseason game, scoring a game-high 34 points on 52 percent shooting from the floor, all in a game-high 42 minutes. Anthony already leads the league in minutes played this season.
George scored 17 points on 4-of-17 shooting and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc, though his final six points — which came on a late 3-pointer and three free-throws — came with the game already wrapped up.
Amar’e Stoudemire had his jump shot in full effect. STAT shot 8-of-15 from the floor and finished with 21 points. Tyson Chandler not only shined defensively against Roy Hibbert, but hauled in a game-high 14 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.
Hibbert has continually been a thorn in the side of the Knicks. Tonight the Knicks amped up their efforts to contain him and David West in the paint, holding the Pacers’ center to 17 and the team as a whole to 38 points in the paint.
The Knicks offense wasn’t at its best, but it didn’t have to be as the team turned up the heat defensively, giving Indiana a taste of their own medicine. The Knicks held the Pacers to 42.5 percent shooting and worse than 22 percent from 3-point range. The Knicks out-rebounded them 45-40 and forced 13 turnovers.
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The Knicks travel down I-95 to face the Philadelphia 76ers, losers of 22 straight, on Friday night at 7 p.m.