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11/18/2012 4:20 PM EST
Knicks bounce back from 1st loss, beat Pacers

AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- This was ugly, even before Jason Kidd's
unfortunate headband style.

That's fine with the New York Knicks, who are winning even when
they don't look good doing it.

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks
bounced back from their first loss of the season, beating the
Indiana Pacers 88-76 on Sunday.

"Last year we let this game slip away," center Tyson Chandler
said. "It's definitely the maturity of the team and obviously
the maturity of the players. We got a lot of vets around here
that understand that these games add up. These are the games at
the end of the year when you are in that dog fight and jockeying
for position, these are the games that put you over or under."

JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for the
Knicks in their only home game in a span of seven games. After
falling 105-95 at Memphis on Friday, the Knicks (7-1) go right
back on the road to start another three-game trip Tuesday in New

Neither team shot 40 percent, but the Knicks, perhaps sluggish
after a quick turnaround following Saturday morning's return
home, built a big early lead, went up by as much as 20 and were
never challenged.

"Today was one of them days where we had to do it on the
defensive end," Anthony said. "Offensively we were trying to
find it, shots that we missed that we normally make. But on the
defensive end for us to be in sync the way we are right now,
especially this early in the season, that's a good thing. We
want to keep building on that."

The only thing they want to change is Kidd's wardrobe, after
watching a cut on his head force him into the headband that had
its own Twitter account by the end of the game.

"Not a good look," Anthony said. "Today he had to do what he had
to do, but we're not going to allow that."

Paul George scored 20 points for the Pacers, who remained inept
offensively as they played without leading scorer Danny Granger.
They hoped they had broken out with an impressive 103-point
performance against Dallas on Friday, but managed only 30
first-half points and committed 19 turnovers in the game.

"We turned the ball over way too much," George said. "When you
look at it, we got 71 attempts and they got 90 attempts and when
you are playing a team as dangerous as New York is, you give
them 20 more shots, of course you are going to get the results
you got."

David West added 14 points in Indiana's sixth straight road

The Pacers came in allowing an NBA-low 90.3 points per game but
often wasting that without Granger, who is expected to miss
three months with a sore left knee. They were averaging 87.8
points, 28th in the league, but were nowhere near that against a
Knicks team that's also good defensively.

"Our defense, you know, we've been No. 1 in the NBA right now
defensively. We knew we could rely on that, but again, we've got
to get more shots, better looks, more attempts and take care of
the ball," George added.

The Knicks led 21-18 after one behind 12 points from Anthony,
whose 5-of-9 shooting looked even more impressive next to the
Pacers' 7 of 22 or the 3 of 15 the rest of his teammates
combined to hit.

Kidd played only 3 minutes before he was hit in the head by
Lance Stephenson's teeth after a pump fake and bloodied while
attempting a 3-pointer. He put a headband over the wound so he
could shoot the free throws, wearing it in a lopsided manner
that was angled more like a bonnet, even laughing himself at how
ugly it looked.

"Yeah, that's not my style," said the 39-year-old Kidd, wearing
a bandage on the right side of his head. "I'll leave that to the
guys who like the headband."

He made the shots, then went to the back to get seven stitches.

New York then held Indiana to 3-of-16 shooting (19 percent) and
12 points in the second. The Knicks led by as much as 12 in the
period when Chandler threw down a lob pass from Felton and it
was 41-30 at the break.

Kidd had a lane open for him in the third but botched the layup,
adjusting the headband after the miss. The Pacers later had
consecutive possessions with their own blown layup followed by
an airball on a jumper.

Still, the Pacers made 10 of 14 shots in the third and trimmed
what had been a 16-point deficit to nine late in the period. But
Rasheed Wallace made a 3-pointer to end the third-quarter
scoring, then opened the fourth with a basket and a dunk before
Smith's jumper restored the 16-point advantage at 74-58 two
minutes into the period.

Notes: Knicks coach Mike Woodson said the Knicks planned to send
the NBA video of the flagrant foul that was assessed on Smith on
Friday in hopes of getting it rescinded. Woodson said he "didn't
think there was much there." Woodson was then hit with a
technical foul 90 seconds into Sunday's game. ... Donnie Walsh,
who has rejoined the Pacers, his longtime franchise, after
spending three years as Knicks president from 2008-11, said the
Knicks have put themselves in good position after the rebuilding
process that he started. "I've already said they're a contending
team, but to go any further you've got to do it. You can't talk
about it, you've got to do it, and that's kind of where all the
teams are," he said before the game.


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