CARMELO Anthony hit the go-ahead basket to rescue New York from another late-game collapse as the Knicks held on to beat the Indiana Pacers, 109-103, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
The Knicks overcame a slow start with a sizzling second quarter to take a 62-58 lead at the half. New York pushed the advantage as high as 17 in the third, and led by 16 with more than seven minutes to play. But Paul George capped a 21-5 blitz with a pair of free throws to tie the game at 103 with 42 seconds left.
Derrick Rose then found Anthony open for a baseline jumper that put the Knicks up 105-103 with 23 ticks remaining. Myles Turner had a turnover for the Pacers in the next possession and Courtney Lee knocked down four straight free throws to help the Knicks avert collapse.
Anthony finished with 26 points, while Rose added 20 to push the Knicks record to 20-26. Lee and Willie Hernangomez each scored 14, while Justin Holiday chipped in 13 off the bench.
George led all scorers with 31 points but saw Indiana lose its third in a row to fall to 22-22. Turner had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Al Jefferson contributed 13 markers off the Pacers bench.