Carmelo Anthony catches fire from deep in second half to lead Knicks' comeback over Pacers
Carmelo Anthony knocked down seven triples, six in the second half, to lead the Knicks comeback. AP

CARMELO Anthony caught fire in the second half to lead the turnaround for the New York Knicks in clawing back from a 15-point deficit to stun the Indiana Pacers, 118-111, at the Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).

New York trailed 81-66 at the 4:45 mark of the third quarter but Anthony caught fire in the second half, hitting six of seven from beyond the arc to lead the comeback.

Trailing 99-91 early in the fourth quarter, Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose teamed up to spark a 14-2 run to take control midway through the period, 105-101, and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way.

The Pacers got within three, 108-105, with four minutes left but Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony hit back-to-back triples to help New York finish off Indiana and snap a three-game slide.

Anthony matched his season-high with 35 points, shooting 7-of-11 from deep and combined with Porzingis to knock down 11 of the Knicks’ 13 triples. Rose and Porzingis scored 24 and 21, respectively, to help New York improve to 15-13.

Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young had 21 points each to lead the Pacers, who fell to 15-15. Al Jefferson scored 18 off the bench, and Jeff Teague added a double-double with 17 points and 12 assists. Paul George shot 6-of-16 to finish with 16 markers.

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