Pacers grab series lead against Knicks

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New York's Amar'e Stoudemire (center) is tied up by Indiana's Roy Hibbert (right) and David West duringthe second half of Game 3 of their playoff series.  MICHAEL CONROY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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New York's Amar'e Stoudemire (center) is tied up by Indiana's Roy Hibbert (right) and David West duringthe second half of Game 3 of their playoff series.

INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Paul George had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Pacers past New York 82-71 on Saturday night in Game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Pacers are up 2-1, with Game 4 of the best-of-seven series Tuesday in Indy.

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points to lead the Knicks, who led only once in the game for a total of 76 seconds. New York spent the final 45 minutes trying to play catch-up but never did.

Amar’e Stoudemire looked rusty after returning from a two-month absence, going 3 of 8 from the field and finishing with seven points. J.R. Smith scored nine points after missing the morning shootaround because of a 102-degree fever.

GRIZZLIES 87, THUNDER 81

In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol scored 20 points and hit two free throws with 1:03 left to put Memphis ahead to stay, and the Grizzlies held off Oklahoma City to take a 2-1 lead in this Western Conference semifinal.

Gasol scored 16 in the second half as Memphis remained unbeaten at home in the postseason.

The Grizzlies pulled out the win in an ugly performance for both teams following a three-day layoff since Game 2. After struggling at the free-throw line in Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies hit all six at the line in the final 1:03 to clinch it.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but only two in the fourth quarter. A 91 percent free throw shooter in the regular season, Durant missed two with 39.3 seconds left.

Tony Allen scored 14 points for Memphis. Jerryd Bayless added 11. Zach Randolph scored only eight points but had 10 rebounds.

Reggie Jackson had 16 points for Oklahoma City.

Durant went 3 of 11 from the floor in the second half, and his teammates went a combined 23 of 69 for the game.

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