Anthony blocked in 4th as Knicks knocked out

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 19, 2013 at 12:05 am •  Published: May 19, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carmelo Anthony was nearly unstoppable for three quarters.

He faltered in the fourth, and now New York's season is over.

Roy Hibbert's block of Anthony's dunk attempt midway through the fourth quarter spurred an 11-2 run that rallied the Indiana Pacers to a 106-99 victory over the Knicks in Game 6 of their second-round series, sending them into their first Eastern Conference final since 2004.

Anthony finished with 39 points and seven rebounds. He mercilessly attacked Indiana's Paul George, one of the NBA's best perimeter defenders, scoring 15 points in the third quarter while helping the Knicks erase a 12-point deficit.

The Knicks led 92-90 before Hibbert's stuff.

"That block, that spearheaded that momentum run that they made," Anthony said.

That was the way the quarter went for the NBA's regular-season scoring champion. He made 2 of 7 shots in the final 12 minutes, scored four points and committed three turnovers.

"I don't think it was fatigue," Anthony said. "I don't think they made any adjustments. I know it was one shot, a couple shots that I felt like the ball was almost in."

New York native Lance Stephenson scored nine points in the run for the Pacers, finishing with a playoff career-high 25.

With players from both teams standing on the court as the final seconds ticked off and Pacers fans roaring in appreciation, the sellout crowd wasted little time breaking into chants of "Beat The Heat!"

For Indiana, it sets up a postseason rematch with the defending NBA champs, the team that eliminated them last May after the Pacers had taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven semifinals. The Heat wound up winning Game 4 at Indiana and followed that with two more wins as Danny Granger struggled with a knee injury.

Indiana used the lessons from that series as motivation to improve this season and wound up beating the Heat twice at home before losing the third game of the season series at Miami. The Pacers will return to South Florida for Game 1 on Wednesday night.

With Granger missing all but five games this season because of the lingering knee injury, the Pacers put an even greater emphasis on playing defense and it showed.

Indiana led the league in rebounding, defensive field goal percentage and defensive 3-point percentage while finishing second in points allowed per game during the regular season. It was no different in the playoffs, as the Knicks found out.

New York had another subpar shooting night Saturday, making just 40 percent of its shots, and again wound up on the wrong side of a 43-36 rebounding discrepancy. In the paint, New York was outscored 52-20, and Anthony, who finished with 39 points, scored just four points in the final 12 minutes when he went 2 of 7 from the field.

Iman Shumpert added 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and J.R. Smith scored 15. Nobody else was in double figures.

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