NEW YORK (AP) - 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 on Thursday night.
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 here Monday. They are trying to become the ninth NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
Anthony, who didn't make a basket in the fourth quarter of either game in Indiana, made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within four 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, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers, who played without point guard George Hill because of a concussion and committed 19 turnovers.
Evan Gordon transferring to Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Evan Gordon is coming home.
Indiana announced Thursday that the former Arizona State guard will transfer to Bloomington and enroll in graduate school so he can be eligible immediately next season. Gordon, an Indianapolis native, is the brother of former Indiana star and NBA guard Eric Gordon.
Evan Gordon left the Sun Devils after just one season in which he averaged 10.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals. He'll help fortify an Indiana roster that will look very different next season. Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller have declared for the NBA draft, three seniors graduated and Maurice Creek and Remy Abell have announced they will transfer.
Gordon started his career at Liberty University in Virginia.
INDYCAR-INDY 500 PRACTICE
Rookie Munoz tops Indy 500 practice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rookie Carlos Munoz shot to the top of the speed chart in Indianapolis 500 practice Thursday with a lap at 225.163 mph, the fastest through the first six days of practice.
The Andretti Autosport driver turned the fast lap in the final 10 minutes of practice.
Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was second in 225.006.
Munoz and Hunter-Reay joined teammate Marco Andretti (225.100), and Helio Castroneves (225.075) as the only drivers to top the 225 mark.
3 of the top four practice speeds have been recorded by Andretti Autosport drivers. Andretti was third-fastest Thursday at 224.882, Scott Dixon was fourth at 224.468, and Castroneves fifth at 224.457.
Rookie Conor Daly crashes at Indy 500 practice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rookie Conor Daly wrecked his car coming through the first turn during Thursday's practice for the Indianapolis 500, the first crash of the month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Daly came around the first turn, got a little high and spun into the outside wall. The No. 41 car skidded down the track and at one point flew on its side between turns one and two before coming back down. Daly climbed out of the car and didn't appear to be seriously injured. Track safety officials said he was checked and cleared to drive.
The 21-year-old Noblesville, Ind., native drives for A.J. Foyt. He raced twice last weekend in Spain and didn't make it onto the track for practice until Monday.
INDYCAR-INDY 500-BRISCOE RETURNS
Briscoe eager to be better on Indy 500 race day
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A year ago, Ryan Briscoe captured the Indianapolis 500 pole and wound up five on race day.
After not finding a fulltime ride this season, Briscoe is back for another 500 former employer Chip Ganassi. A good showing in Indy this year, he hopes, will lead to something more for the Australian.
Briscoe has more experience and knowledge after spending the last five years with Team Penske than he did in 2005 when he first raced for Ganassi. And now Ganassi, too, hopes there could be a future for Briscoe whether it's more races this season or a fulltime ride in the future.
Fewer seats at Indy 500, but not fewer fans
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis 500 this year will have its smallest seating capacity since 2000, but don't expect to find fewer fans on race day.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has removed thousands of grandstand seats overlooking Turn 3 and several rows of seats on the front straightaway. The changes follow the demolition of a bleacher section inside Turn 1 five years ago to extend the track's road course.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/104giFR ) the changes have cut the number of seats by 11,600, to 235,000.
Speedway officials say the changes will improve fans' experience. Spokesman Doug Boles notes that the seats along the front straightaway had limited visibility.
An estimated 250,000 people are still expected to attend the May 26 race.
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