Tyson Chandler and reserve J.R. Smith each scored 16 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 115-100 victory against the Indiana Pacers for their second straight win under interim coach Mike Woodson.
Mike D’Antoni resigned March 14 after the Knicks had lost six National Basketball Association games in a row.
The Knicks (20-24) are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, 15 games behind the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers (25-17) hold fifth place, nine games behind the Bulls.
Jeremy Lin had 13 points and reserve Steve Novak and Carmelo Anthony added 12 apiece for the Knicks, who shot 51 percent from the floor by hitting 41 of 81 attempts at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pacers connected on 32 of 81 shots for 40 percent.
The Knicks had a 24-14 lead after the first quarter, and owned a 50-31 halftime advantage. The Pacers, down by 30 at the end of the third period, outscored the Knicks 42-27 in the final quarter.
Darren Collison had 15 points for the Pacers, while four players came off the bench to score at least 12 points: A.J. Price had 14, Dahntay Jones added 13 and George Hill and Tyler Hansbrough each had 12 points.
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