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NBA: Knicks secure No. 2 seed in East




Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks is pressured by Jimmy Butler #21 (L) and Nate Robinson #2 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on April 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Knicks 118-111 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

NEW YORK – The New York Knicks locked up their playoff seeding by clinching the number two spot in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 win Sunday over the Indiana Pacers.

New York, who never trailed after the seven-minute mark of the first quarter, earned their seeding despite playing without Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby.

They assured themselves home-court advantage through the Eastern Conference semi-finals and a first-round meeting with the Boston Celtics.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points without even playing in the fourth quarter of the game at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony, who is hoping to win his first NBA scoring title, nailed his first four jumpers to help give the Knicks an early 9-2 lead. He then made just one of his next 10 attempts.

Anthony suffered a left shoulder contusion late in the third quarter and sat for all of the fourth with the Knicks firmly in control.

Chris Copeland scored 20, J.R. Smith had 15 and Raymond Felton finished with 11 for the Knicks, who have won 15 of their last 16.

Lance Stephenson scored a team-high 22 points for Indiana, who have lost four of their last five contests.

They clinched the number three seed in the East after Brooklyn lost on Sunday to Toronto.

David West finished with 17 points and eight rebounds and Jeff Pendergraph came off the bench to score 12 in the loss.


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