The Indiana Pacers started the second half of their season with an impressive 125-91 rout of the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, in what was the first game since the All-Star break for each team.

Paul George poured in 27 points and grabbed eight boards to lead Indiana, backed by 18 points and nine rebounds from David West. In dealing the Knicks their third straight loss, the Pacers creep to within a half-game of New York for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

Carmelo Anthony was New York's top scorer with 15, on 7-21 from the field.

The Knicks appeared to be stuck in All-Star Game mode, in other words, void of defense. Indy's 125 was the second most allowed by New York this season, as the Pacers shot overall 53% from the field, including 45% (11-24) from 3-point range.

Meanwhile, Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith combined to shoot 14-46.

The Knicks visit Toronto on Friday night at 7:00.