Lance Stephenson finished with a playoff career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers pulled away late to beat the New York Knicks 106-99 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday night and won their Eastern Conference semifinal series four games to two.

The victory sends the Pacers into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004, beginning Wednesday night at Miami against the Heat. It is a rematch of an Eastern semifinal series from last year, in which the Pacers won two of the first three games before the Heat rallied to win the series four games to two en route to the NBA title.

Indiana also got a boost from the presence of point guard George Hill, who missed Game 5 in New York on Thursday night after being diagnosed with a concussion, but he took part in the Pacers’ shootaround earlier Saturday and the team announced he was cleared to play about 90 minutes before the game. He finished with 12 points and four assists.

New York’s Carmelo Anthony was brilliant for the first three quarters and finished with 39 points, but had just four points in the final period.

New York led 92-90 early in the fourth quarter until Stephenson — who was held scoreless in the third period — scored seven consecutive points. Paul George set him up for a layup on a fast break and Stephenson added a free throw to give Indiana a 95-92 lead with 3:52 left. The Pacers never relinquished it.

The Pacers’ led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, but the Knicks responded with a 21-9 run and took a 81-79 lead on Anthony’s driving layup with 11 seconds left, their first lead since the game’s opening minute. New York's Iman Shumpert had three 3-pointers in that stretch — after making just four of his previous 19 3-point attempts in the series — and finished the quarter with 16 points.