NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game.
Iman Shumpert, a former Georgia Tech standout, added 15 points, including a sensational follow dunk in the first half, and Raymond Felton scored 14 as the Knicks turned a close game into a blowout over the final 15 minutes.
Paul George scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a two-point lead and momentum when coach Frank Vogel called timeout with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
By the time the Pacers got on the board in the final period, the Knicks had opened a 26-point advantage.
Game 3 is Saturday at Indianapolis.
David West scored 13 points for the Pacers.
Indiana had trailed most of the night before taking a 64-62 lead on George Hill’s 3-pointer with 3:28 left in the third quarter that capped a 10-4 run, the Pacers seeming to have all the momentum.
Vogel then called timeout with a little more than 3 minutes left and subbed out center Roy Hibbert. Anthony came back with a drive and then a dunk while drawing a foul that knocked over Hibbert’s replacement, Jeff Pendergraph, and the game was never the same.
BULLS: Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich are likely to miss Game 2 against Miami tonight, leaving Chicago in the familiar position of being short-handed.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng, who is recovering in Chicago from serious complications from a spinal tap, is “feeling better.” after he talked to the forward early Tuesday.
Hinrich on Tuesday tested his severely bruised left calf, which has internal bleeding that has caused discoloring in his lower leg, but he still isn’t moving well.
NETS: Phil Jackson is not interested in becoming the team’s next coach, according to league sources.
A source said Jackson spoke to Brooklyn about its roster but told the team that he was done with coaching.
SUNS: Hired Boston Celtics executive Ryan McDonough as their next general manager.
McDonough, 33, replaces Lance Blanks, who was fired on April 22 after failing to take the team to the playoffs in three seasons.
• Scottsdale, Ariz., police are investigating Phoenix forward Michael Beasley in connection with an alleged sexual assault.
Police spokesman David Pubins says the allegation involves an incident that took place on Jan. 13.
Pubins says police are interviewing those involved and processing any physical evidence to determine if criminal charges are appropriate.