The Indiana Pacers had their hands full early against the New York Knicks, with Carmelo Anthony scorching his way to 18 first quarter points and a prominent offensive period. The Knicks jumped ahead 16-8, but Indiana was able to find an offensive rhythm late in the quarter, scoring on their final six possessions to jump up 30-28 before Anthony's three pointer to beat the buzzer put New York up 31-30.

Even despite Anthony's dominate quarter, he received little in the way of supporting help, which allowed Indiana to not only climb back in the game, but force their way into the lead when Anthony scored just two points in the second quarter. The Pacers responded positively to allowing 31 first quarter points, ratcheting up their defense and turning their positive defensive effort into positive offensive outlets. Thanks to big offensive play from Lance Stephenson and Paul George, the Pacers outscored New York 33-17 in the second quarter, scoring a season high 63 points in the first half.

George lifted the Pacers out of the half with five quick points that pushed the lead to 20 and from there, the route was on. Indiana played high level basketball on both ends of the floor to wrap up a dominating 117-89 victory, topping their season high of 116 from the previous game against Sacramento. The Pacers were keyed in and focused despite the early Anthony explosion, responding to Larry Bird's concern of turnovers with just five on the night, which led to only three New York points, a battle Indiana won 20-3.

The Pacers also controlled the paint. New York made a living in the first quarter with outside shots, and it caught up to them when they were unable to make anything happen inside. They scored 22 points all night in the paint, just eight in the first half. Indiana on the other hand scored 40. Indiana shot 50% on the night, hit 10 three pointers, and were a reliable 21-23 from the line. They held New York at 40%, including 4-19 from deep.

Stephenson led the way for the Pacers with a career best 28 points on 10-17 shooting. His play in the second and third quarter was nothing short of exciting, controlling the offense and hitting some big shots along the way. Stephenson has shown a knack to come up big against his hometown teams. While he averages 13.7 points the year, but his average jumps all the way to 20.2 against the two New York squads.

But despite the positive play, Stephenson still gave away a handful of plays. It's difficult to bag much on Stephenson, especially when he's making such a strong case for the All-Star Game, but there were multiple possessions where he found himself with the ball towards the end of the shot clock only to set himself up with a poor shot on purpose.