New York Knicks level NBA playoff series against Indiana Pacers

New York Knicks 105-79 Indiana Pacers

Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Trailing 64-62 in the third period the New York Knicks went on a 30-2 run to crush the Indiana Pacers in Game Two of their NBA playoffs series.

Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points - including 16 during that second half run - as the Knicks ran out 105-79 winners to tie the Eastern Conference second round series 1-1. Anthony was 4-of-11 in the first half but raised his aim to 9-for-15 in the second half. Anthony entered the game having made just 35 of his last 110 shots.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said: "He's just a beast of an offensive player and a competitor on the defensive end. Made a lot of tough shots. We guarded him pretty well but he was great tonight."

Backing up Anthony were Iman Shumpert with 15 points and Raymond Felton 14. The Knicks also expect to get Amar'e Stoudemire back in the line up for Game Three. However, veteran Jason Kidd has now gone six games without scoring.

Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points. The Pacers coughed up 21 turnovers, while the Knicks gave up just six.

Game Three will be in Indiana on Saturday.

Memphis Grizzlies 99-93 Oklahoma City Thunder
Series tied 1-1

The lead changed hands 27 times but it was the Memphis Grizzlies who were ahead when it mattered most. Memphis beat OKC 99-93 to tie up the western conference semi-final series 1-1.

Lacking the options that Russell Westbrook supplies, more than ever is expected of Kevin Durant. He almost produced his first playoffs triple-double in response: 36 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists. Derek Fisher supported with 19 points and 4-of-5 in 3-point shooting.

For the Grizzlies Mike Conley scored 26 and Spaniard Marc Gasol 25.

The series goes to Memphis on Saturday for Game Three.

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