WHAT IT MEANS: All season, the Knicks and their fans hoped for a chance to face the Miami Heat in the playoffs.
Now, the only thing the Knicks will be doing in Miami next week is vacationing.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 39 points but went just 2-for-7 in the fourth quarter with three turnovers as the Knicks were outscored 25-18 in the final quarter to fall 106-99 in Game 6 on Saturday night.
The Knicks lost the series to Indiana 4-2.
The Pacers are in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004 and improved to 6-0 at home in the playoffs.
LANCE'S BIG CHANCE: Indiana got a big lift from Brooklyn-born Lance Stephenson, who really stuck it to his hometown team.
Stephenson finished with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting and had 10 rebounds.
He crushed the Knicks late in the game, scoring nine points in the final five minutes. He scored his first of those nine with the Knicks up two. His final bucket gave the Pacers a seven-point lead with 1:53 to play.
HILL's WILL: George Hill, a game-time decision due to a concussion, played and scored 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting.
SMITH STRUGGLES: J.R. Smith's postseason struggles continued for much of Game 6. He started 1-for-6 with one turnover in the first half and was beaten on several hustle plays. Indy's Sam Young beat him on a long rebound near the baseline. A few minutes later, Young beat Smith for an offensive rebound and putback. Coach Mike Woodson then benched Smith.
Smith contributed in the second half, knocking down two 3-pointers, one of which gave the Knicks a 92-90 lead with 5:42 to play.
He had a three-point play with 1:15 to play to cut the Pacers' lead to four, but for too much of the night, he wasn't there as Anthony's sidekick. He finished 4-for-15, including 2-for-9 from 3-point land. He had 15 rebounds and 10 assists.
Smith struggled mightily from the floor following his Game 4 suspension in the Boston series for elbowing Jason Terry.
TINY TYSON: Not a good night for Tyson Chandler. He fouled out with 3:12 to play and was outplayed again by Hibbert.
He finished with two points and six rebounds in 23 minutes. The Knicks as a team were outrebounded 43-36 and outscored in the paint 52-20.
The Pacers shot 46 free throws to the Knicks' 18.
COMEBACK IN THIRD: After struggling for much of the first half -- and much of the series -- the Knicks' offense caught fire in the third quarter.
Anthony had 11 points in the first six minutes of the quarter to keep the Knicks afloat, and then Iman Shumpert hit three straight 3-pointers in a 65-second span to cut a nine-point Pacers lead to one.
Smith followed up with a 3 to tie the score at 72-all, and Shumpert added another one with 48 seconds to go in the third to tie it at 79-all.
Shumpert finished with 16 in the quarter. However, he had a bad foul with the score 103-99 and 39.5 seconds to play. Hill went to the line and hit two free throws to ice the game.
CHRIS-MAS: Chris Copeland, out of the rotation for much of the postseason, made two huge 3-pointers early in the fourth. The first gave the Knicks an 84-83 lead; the second put them up 87-84 with 10:10 to play.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks head into an offseason full of question marks: Can they re-sign Smith? With Anthony, Chandler and Stoudemire all under contract, what can GM Glen Grunwald do to reshape the roster? Will Woodson stick with Stoudemire coming off the bench next season, or will he insert him into the starting lineup?
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