MANILA, Philippines – The New York Knicks bounced back from their first loss of the season with a masterful 88-76 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers at the Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony missed out on a double-double with 26 points and nine rebounds. The All-Star forward made sure the Knicks wouldn't suffer a second straight loss after getting embarrassed by the Grizzlies in Memphis.
JR Smith added 13 points and seven rebounds off the Knicks bench, while Raymond Felton had 11 points and eight assists.
Neither team shot at a good percentage, but the Knicks were able to force Indiana to 19 turnovers. They took control of the game in the second quarter, when Felton scored seven points to spark a 20-12 run.
The Knicks went on to lead by as much as 20 points.
"Guys are buying in and they understand that if you do that (play defense) at a high level, you put yourself in a position to win games," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was quoted by NBA.com.
New York improved to 7-1, while Indiana dropped to 4-7. Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points. -- With a report from ANC.