David West scored 20 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks, 102-95, on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
D.J. Augustin had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while New York's Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third.
Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Thunder top Grizzlies. Down by one in the final minute, Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher poked the ball away from Memphis' Mike Conley, springing Kevin Durant into the open court with a chance to put the Thunder on top.
Durant sank a jumper with 11.1 seconds left for the last of his 35 points, lifting the Thunder to a 93-91 victory over the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference semis.
James named MVP. The Miami Heat's LeBron James was named the NBA's most valuable player, collecting 120 of the 121 first-place votes. The Knicks' Anthony got the other first-place vote.
It was the closest anyone had come to being a unanimous choice since the Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal got every first-place vote but one in the 1999-2000 season, when one ballot was cast for the 76ers' Allen Iverson
Nets fire Carlesimo. Brooklyn announced that coach P.J. Carlesimo would not return hours after the Nets were eliminated from the playoffs.