Knicks 109, Pacers 103: For Knicks, Close Game Against Pacers Is No Surprise. But a Win?


Derrick Rose of the Knicks taking a shot between Thaddeus Young (21) and Myles Turner of the Pacers during the first half in Indianapolis. Rose finished with 20 points in the Knicks’ victory.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek has shuffled rotations like a deck of cards in recent weeks, searching for improved energy and chemistry even as victories have eluded his team.

The Knicks tried to give away another game Monday night against the Indiana Pacers. Their ball movement stalled, and a big lead evaporated. But Carmelo Anthony, whose ongoing saga with the team’s front office seemed to recede for at least a few precious hours, drained a go-ahead jumper in the final minute to lift the Knicks to a 109-103 victory.

It was an important if ungraceful win for the Knicks (20-26), who arrived at Bankers Life Fieldhouse having lost 13 of their last 16 games. They will visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

“That’s one of those ones where things aren’t going well and you’re losing close games,” Hornacek said, “and…

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