Chauncey Billups returns vs. Pacers

NEW YORK -- Chauncey Billups was back in the starting lineup for the New York Knicks' 106-93 loss against the Indiana Pacers, who were without leading scorer Danny Granger.

He scored nine points and had four assists in 35 minutes.

Billups missed six games with a bruised left thigh, but practiced Saturday and was playing Sunday for the first time since he was hurt March 1 when he banged into Orlando's Dwight Howard.

Granger, averaging 20.6 points, was inactive with the flu and was replaced in the starting lineup by Dahntay Jones.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.