NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 28 points as the New York Knicks staved off elimination yesterday with a wire-to-wire 85-75 victory over Indiana in game five of their second-round NBA playoff series.
JR Smith and Chris Copeland came off the bench to score 13 points each for the Knicks, who closed the Eastern Conference contest on a 10-4 scoring run in front of a crowd of 19,033 at Madison Square Garden arena.
Anthony had one of his best games of the series, and received plenty of help from the bench as other Knicks starters continued to struggle during the game.
Starting centre Tyson Chandler had just two points and guard Pablo Prigioni three, but that was offset by Smith and Copeland's contributions as the Knicks cut the Pacers' series lead to 3-2.
The win earns the Knicks at least one more game in the best-of-seven series as game six is scheduled for Saturday in Indianapolis.
The winner of the series will play reigning NBA champions Miami in the Eastern Conference finals for a berth in the league's championship series.