Knicks beat Pacers and clinch No. 2 seed in East

NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting against the rugged Indiana defense, and the New York Knicks clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 victory over the Pacers on Sunday.

Chris Copeland added 20 points and J.R. Smith had 15 for the Knicks, who will host seventh-seeded Boston next weekend. New York is guaranteed the home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs after finishing a distant second to Miami in the conference.

The Knicks won for the 15th time in 16 games and locked up their highest seed since they were also a No. 2 in 1994.

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points and West had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who came into the game with a chance to catch the Knicks for second but will have to settle for holding off Brooklyn for third.
 

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