New York Knicks survive to play another day, beat Pacers in Game 5
Chris Copeland and J.R. Smith each scored 13 points while coming off the bench for New York, as they are attempting to be only the ninth team in NBA history to comeback from a 3-1 postseason series deficit and win.
Anthony, who failed to score a basket during the fourth quarter of both games in Indiana, sank a jump shot halfway through the fourth in Game 5, after the Pacers cut the Knicks lead to four points. He followed the basket with two made free throws, then Raymond Felton put up a layup, and New York was never threatened again.
George was in foul trouble throughout the game and could not keep Anthony contained quite as well as he had in the Pacers’ previous victories in the series.
David West scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Indiana Pacers, who were looking to close out the Knicks and advance to the Eastern Conference finals, which would be the franchise’s first time since 2004.
The winner of this series has the pleasure of facing the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat. The New York Knicks trail the Pacers 3-2 and face another must-win game Saturday, which is when Game 6 will be played.