Pacers defeat Melo-less Knicks

Posted at Jan 11 2013 05:20 PM | Updated as of Jan 12 2013 01:20 AM

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The Indiana Pacers put together another impressive effort to bring down another Eastern Conference juggernaut.

Paul George had 24 points and 11 boards as the Pacers defeated the undermanned New York Knicks, 81-76.

George had a lot of help from bench player Ian Mahinmi who scored most of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

JR Smith had 25 points for the Knicks who played minus all-star Carmelo Anthony who was suspended for his altercation with Boston's Kevin Garnett.

The Pacers, who also beat the defending champion Miami Heat in their recent game, improved to 22-14.

New York dropped to 23-12. – ANC Dateline Philippines, Jan. 11, 2013