George erupts in second half as Pacers beat Knicks

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INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 25 of his 27 points in the second half Wednesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 108-105 victory over the New York Knicks.

Kristaps Porzingis missed a 3-point shot that would’ve given the Knicks the lead with 1.9 seconds remaining. Myles Turner then made one free throw at the other end.

Carmelo Anthony missed a 3-point attempt for the tie at the buzzer from the right wing.

George, who shot 1 of 9 in the first half, had 10 points in the third quarter and 15 in the fourth. He finished hitting 10-of-23 shots.

Turner had 24 points and George Hill added 10.

Porzingis led New York with 22 points and Jose Calderon had 20. Calderon made all four of his 3-point attempts.

The Pacers shot 50.5 percent from the field (46 of 91). The Knicks shot 45.5 percent.

New York led 54-52 at halftime and the game was tied at 80 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Knicks led 99-96 following two free throws by Porzingis with 3:52 to play. After Ian Mahinmi had a slam dunk on a pass down the middle, Turner hit a turnaround 6-foot jumper from the right block to put the Pacers on top for good at 100-99 with 3:14 to play.

Monta Ellis had eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Pacers. Mahinmi had eight points and seven rebounds.

Kyle O’Quinn had 19 points off the bench for New York on 7-of-10 shooting. Fellow reserve Langston Galloway scored 17 points.

Anthony scored 14 points on 5-of-20 shooting.

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