With Madison Square Garden roaring in a frenzy, Carmelo Anthony strutted from his spot on the wing, pounded his hand against his temple three times, and bobbed his head in joy.
His latest 3-pointer, one of seven in Tuesday night’s game, had extended the Knicks’ lead over the Indiana Pacers to 9 points with 2 minutes 58 seconds remaining — an advantage that seemed quite unlikely no less than a quarter earlier.
This had looked like a night worth wiping from their memory banks — but quickly, and then suddenly, in the fourth quarter the Knicks pulled out a 118-111 victory.
For most of the game against the Pacers, the Knicks had looked listless and groggy, as if they were still tired and jet-lagged from their recent nine-day trip to the West Coast. The Knicks’ defense was forgettable, and their deficit was growing. Even their offense was too dependent on talent rather than efficiency,…