PACERS 125 KNICKS 91 | BANKERSLIFE FIELDHOUSE
How it happened:
The combination of facing the league’s top defensive squad and some shooting rust following the All-Star break did not bode well for the visiting Knicks in Indianapolis on Wednesday evening.
The Pacers were fired up from the opening tip and they built an insurmountable lead en route to a 125-91 victory.
New York started the contest just 4-of-15 from the floor while Indiana raced out to a 22-10 advantage in the first quarter. The trend continued throughout the first half as Paul George scored 20 of his game-high 27 points to pace Indiana.
The bright spot for the Knicks was the efficient play from Tyson Chandler. The All-Star registered a team-high 19 points and 11 boards in the defeat.
Carmelo Anthony struggled all night, scoring just 15 points on 7-of-21 shooting from the field. Raymond Felton finished with 12 points, Steve Novak added 11 off the bench, and Amar’e Stoudemire posted seven points and seven rebounds.
New York dropped to 32-19 and the Pacers improved to 33-21, a half game behind the Knicks for the second spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Knick of the Night:
Chandler was on point all night in a 19-point performance. He hit 4-of-9 shots, 11-of-11 at the charity stripe and hauled down four of his 11 boards on the offensive glass. Chandler also swatted a shot and snatched a steal.
New York could not find the touch from the perimeter, only shooting 34 percent and just 18 percent from downtown.
The Knicks jumped on plane directly after the contest in Indianapolis and will head to Toronto for matchup against the new-look Raptors on Friday night.