NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points, including six of New York’s last seven points, and the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 98-92 Sunday.
Danny Granger had 25 points and 17 rebounds, and Darren Collison had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Pacers, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
The Knicks trailed 87-84 early in the fourth quarter, but Toney Douglas and Wilson Chandler each made a 3-pointer to give New York a 90-87 lead.
Indiana’s James Posey answered with a 3 of his own, but Raymond Felton made one of two free throws to give New York a 91-90 lead.
The Knicks closed out the game on a pair of layups by Stoudemire and a jumper that made it 97-92. Felton added another free throw with 18.9 seconds remaining.
With almost six minutes left in the game, Indiana’s Brandon Rush drove for a right-handed layup but missed. As he lost his balance, his right shoulder collided with Danilo Gallinari’s left knee.
Gallinari did not return. A spokesman for the Knicks said that Gallinari had a sprained left knee.
The Knicks avoided losing to a sub-.500 Pacers team after dropping a pair of games in Florida last week to the Heat and the Magic.