On the night that Phil Jackson – the most successful coach in the league history – was introduced as the Knicks’ new president, Carmelo Anthony put on a show with 34 points, leading New York to a 92-86 home victory over the Indiana Pacers.
The Knicks led by as many as 16 points, dominated most of the game, allowing Indiana to lead only by a point.
Amare Stoudemire played one of his best games of the season contributing 21 points, and Tyson Chandler dominated the paint with 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who continue their chase on a playoff spot in the East.
Lance Stephenson sparked Indiana with 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds, but they were unable to extend their four-game winning streak.
The win was Knicks’ first in the previews three meetings against Indiana this season.
Jackson received a standing ovation during New York’s seventh straight win, the team’s longest run this season.
He has won eleven NBA titles as coach at Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles, and has won two titles as player at New York.
On Friday, New York play at Philadelphia, while Indiana host Chicago Bulls.