Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points to help the New York Knicks stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail, 3-2, and will need a victory Saturday in Indiana to force a seventh game back in New York Monday.
Anthony made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within 4 points. He followed with two free throws, Raymond Felton made a layup, and the Knicks were never in jeopardy again.
Paul George had 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Pacers. They played without point guard George Hill because of a concussion and committed 19 turnovers.
But George battled foul trouble and couldn’t contain Anthony quite as well as he had in the previous two games.
David West added 17 points for the Pacers, who were trying to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. The winner faces the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in a series that will start Wednesday.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Hill was hurt after a collision with Knicks center Tyson Chandler during the first half of Indiana’s 93-82 victory on Tuesday. Hill finished the game and scored 26 points, but experienced some headaches and showed concussion symptoms since and wasn’t able to pass the league’s concussion tests so he could play.
Spurs 94, Warriors 82 — San Antonio held off a furious final rally to beat host Golden State to win their Western Conference semifinal in six games. The second-seeded Spurs will open the conference finals at home against the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday.
Tim Duncan had 19 points and six rebounds and Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points to lead the Spurs.
Stephen Curry shot 10 of 25 from the floor to score 22 points on a nagging left ankle. Jarrett Jack had 15 points as the injury-saddled Warriors wore down. The Spurs outshot Golden State, 45 percent to 39 percent.
Warriors forward Harrison Barnes left the game after the third quarter because of headaches after a hard fall to the court.