By Brian Mahoney
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Paul George made three throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored nine of his season-high 35 points in overtime as the Indiana Pacers pulled out a 103-96 victory Wednesday night over the New York Knicks, who dropped their sixth straight at home.
New York scored the first 13 points, but this settled into a playoff-type game between teams who met in the postseason last May. And it again went to the Pacers, who bounced back from their first loss after a franchise-record 9-0 start.
George Hill added 23 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who beat the Knicks in six games in last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals. Just as in the clincher of that series, Roy Hibbert had a pivotal block on Carmelo Anthony’s drive to the basket.
Anthony had 30 points and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who looked completely deflated after they couldn’t score following the free throws George made when Iman Shumpert was called for fouling him.
J.R. Smith had 21 points, and Beno Udrih scored a season-high 19 for the Knicks, including a go-ahead shot with 1:21 left in regulation when he appeared to just throw it at the rim when Anthony couldn’t get free. The Knicks protected the lead through a couple of missed 3-pointers by Hill, and Anthony made two free throws for an 89-86 lead with 9.2 seconds left.
Shumpert was then called for the foul on George, with replays showing what appeared to be perhaps just a slight touch to George’s arm. The All-Star sank the free throws, and Anthony missed on the other end, and Smith was off on a tip attempt.
The stunned Knicks walked back to the bench as if they had just lost — and pretty soon, they had.
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