Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 92-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York Wednesday night.
The Knicks are now 1-0 since Phil Jackson was officially named team President on Tuesday afternoon.
To be fair to the rest of the Knicks, it was the teams’ seventh straight win.
However, the energy surrounding Jackson was certainly fantastic and the fans in New York gave him a standing ovation when he took his seat (you can watch the video here).
On the court, Anthony was the story. He shot 12-of-23 from the field, 10-of-12 from the free throw line, dished out five assists, grabbed three rebounds and had three steals.
Amar’e Stoudemire added 21 points and Tyson Chandler had seven points and 14 rebounds.
The Knicks were in control throughout the first half, but the Pacers dominated the third quarter to cut the lead to five. The Pacers threatened to take the lead several times in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks had an answer for every run.
Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 21 points while Roy Hibbert added 20 and Paul George scored 17.
The Knicks are now 28-40 and the Pacers are 50-18.