National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules
(Thursday, May 16th)
Final Score: New York 85, Indiana 75
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony showed early in Game 5 the Knicks weren't going down without a fight. Anthony set the tone with a hard foul in the opening minute and went on to pace New York with a game-high 28 points as the Knicks stayed alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 wire-to-wire victory over the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Following consecutive 11-point losses at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that saw them shoot 35 percent from the floor, the Knicks connected on 41 percent of their shots Thursday to pull within 3-2 in the series. J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland stepped up with 13 points apiece off the New York bench, while Raymond Felton added 12 for New York, which forced 19 turnovers, including seven in the fourth quarter. Paul George scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half while David West checked in with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who were trying to advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2004. They get another chance when the series shifts back to Indianapolis for Game 6 on Saturday, where they are 4-0 against the Knicks this season.
Final Score: San Antonio 94, Golden State 82
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are headed back to the Western Conference finals for the second straight season and for the eighth time in the past 15 years. Duncan scored a team-high 19 points in Game 6 and the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Golden State Warriors with a 94-82 victory in another tight showdown at Oracle Arena. The Spurs closed out the series despite off-shooting nights from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, who made up for it by combining for 19 assists. Parker was a woeful 3-of-16 from the field for 13 points, though he made two big 3-pointers down the stretch, and Ginobili had five points on 1-of-6 shooting. Kawhi Leonard picked up the slack with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Tiago Splitter and Danny Green chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively. San Antonio will meet the Memphis Grizzlies in the next round. The teams split the regular season series with each winning twice on their home floor, and the Grizzlies famously knocked out the Spurs in the first round as a No. 8 seed two years ago. Golden State's Harrison Barnes did not play in the fourth quarter. The rookie, who had totaled 51 points the previous two games, took a scary fall late in the first half and needed six stitches to close up a gash above his left eye. He came back briefly in the third quarter, but headaches kept him from continuing. Stephen Curry paced Golden State with 22 points on 10-of-25 shooting but only netted six points in the second half. Jarrett Jack followed with 15 for the sixth-seeded Warriors, who gave the second-seeded Spurs everything they could handle but ultimately fell short after shooting 39 percent from the field Thursday.
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