19 May 2013

Pacers beat Knicks to join Heat in Eastern Finals

4:12 pm on 19 May 2013

The Indiana Pacers will meet the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association Eastern Conference Finals after they closed out their semi-final series against the New York Knicks in six games with a 106-99 victory.

The Pacers thrilled their home crowd with the win to take the seven game series 4-2 and advance to the finals for the first time in nine years to take on the NBA champion Heat side.

Lance Stephenson led the way for the Pacers with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The Knicks, who trailed by as many as 10 points, fought back with a big third quarter to tie things up and make a game of it.

Despite leading early in the final quarter and riding Carmelo Anthony's game high 39 points the Knicks could not find the final gear to keep the series alive.