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Carmelo Anthony scores 25 as Knicks beat Pacers 90-80, clinch No. 2 seed in Eastern Conference

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    Indiana Pacers' Paul George, left, passes the ball after tumbling to the court with New York Knicks' Jason Kidd during the first half of the NBA basketball game Sunday, April 14, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after scoring during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Sunday April 14, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson, left, drives to the basket underneath New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert, right, and J.R. Smith during the first half of the NBA basketball game Sunday April 14, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert slams the ball during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Sunday April 14, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting against the rugged Indiana defense, and the New York Knicks clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 victory over the Pacers on Sunday.

Chris Copeland added 20 points and J.R. Smith had 15 for the Knicks, who will host seventh-seeded Boston next weekend. New York is guaranteed the home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs after finishing a distant second to Miami in the conference.

The Knicks won for the 15th time in 16 games and locked up their highest seed since they were also a No. 2 in 1994.

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points and West had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who came into the game with a chance to catch the Knicks for second but will have to settle for holding off Brooklyn for third.

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