Led by Anthony, Knicks Wake Up Against Pacers


Kristaps Porzingis (6) forcing the Pacers’ Jeff Teague to alter a shot during the first quarter. Porzingis had 3 blocks and scored 21 points.

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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,…

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