No Amare, but Knicks hold off Indy - Metro US

No Amare, but Knicks hold off Indy

Knicks 110, Pacers 109

What went right …

1 The Carmelo Show — Carmelo Anthony did all he could to keep the Knicks in the game, then won it for them with a jumper with 4.9 ticks left. Anthony, who finished with 34 points, then blocked Danny Granger’s jumper to seal the victory. The win over the playoff-bound Pacers pushed the Knicks one game ahead of the Sixers as the sixth-seed in the East.

2 Stoudemire sits — The Knicks were without Amare Stoudemire (ankle) for the second-straight game and it almost cost them. The Knicks’ frontline was overmatched, as four Pacers reached double figures, led by Granger’s 20 and Roy Hibberts 19 points and 10 rebounds.

3 Bench is big — The Knicks extended their winning streak to seven games thanks to 36 points from the bench. The reserve unit has been averaging 38 during the streak and no one has played a larger role than Toney Douglas. The point guard poured in 14 points and forced three turnovers to help the Knicks erase an 11-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter.

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