INDIANAPOLIS - Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 28 points, Paul George added 25, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 117-89 on Thursday night.
The Pacers have won nine straight at home, three in a row overall and still have the NBA's best record and the league's top home record (20-1). Indiana leads idle Miami by four games in the chase for the Eastern Conference's top seed.
Carmelo Anthony had 18 of his 28 points in the first quarter to lead New York. J.R. Smith, who was benched in two of the previous four games, played 28 minutes and scored 12 points. The Knicks have lost two straight after winning five in a row.
Indiana took control with an 11-1 run midway through the second quarter, then closed the first half on a 16-7 run to make it 63-48.
New York never challenged again.