That sigh of relief you heard was the collective exhale of Madison Square Garden and all Knicks fans after Carmelo Anthony said his left shoulder is fine.

After suffering what was described as a “bruise,” in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 90-80 victory yesterday over the Pacers at the Garden, Anthony sat out the rest of the contest, the Knicks’ 15th victory in their last 16 games.

“It’s sore, just from the contact,” he said after scoring 25 points, hauling in five rebounds and starting the game red-hot, making his first four shot attempts as the Knicks raced out to a 9-2 lead. “I’ll be fine. It’s nothing for me to worry about.”

Anthony expects to sit out tonight’s game in Charlotte against the Bobcats, but could see some action on Wednesday against the Hawks at the Garden to stay sharp before the postseason begins this weekend against the Celtics.

The injury occurred late in the third quarter when Anthony was going for a rebound. His arm was yanked down in an awkward motion. After going to the free-throw line, he went to the bench, and never returned.

“I’m good now. I always said [yesterday] was real important game for us to come in and lock down [the second seed],” he said. “It was a big game for us, so now guys can get their rest, I can get my rest, and come back full speed ready for the playoffs,” he said. “I’m going to take it day by day. I don’t think I’ll play [tonight], get that rest, Tuesday is an off day, we’ll see what happens after that.”

An assortment of injuries notwithstanding, Anthony said this is “by far” the best of his nine seasons in the NBA. From his perch atop the league in scoring at 28.7 points per game to leading the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division crown in 19 years and the second seed in the playoffs, very little has gone wrong for the superstar forward.