KNICKS 115 PACERS 100 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
From the opening tip, the Knicks attacked the Pacers all over the court, the same type of approach seen in Wednesday's blowout win over the Blazers. Indiana only managed six points in the first 10 minutes while Baron Davis drilled a bucket to conclude an impressive first quarter. New York secured a 24-14 lead in the first period and never looked back in the 115-100 victory on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Prior to the contest, Danny Granger was quoted as saying the Pacers had two "winnable" games on the schedule. This of course was in reference to the rare back-to-back matchup against the Knicks and obviously the comment did not sit well with the home team.
The Knicks' suffocating defense was a pleasure to watch as they held Granger scoreless until the 2:57 mark of the second quarter. The Pacers top scorer only registered nine points in the defeat. Indiana only managed to shoot 22.7 percent from the floor in the first quarter and finished 40 percent for the game.
New York's offense was equally as impressive by only committing 12 turnovers and dishing out 22 assists. The bench exploded for the second straight game in the second half scoring a combined 59 points.
The overall dominating performance was highlighted by the Knicks 52-34 advantage in the paint and 23-11 fastbreak disparity. New York also connected on 11-for-25 attempts from the 3-point arc, spearheaded by the deep range shooting of J.R. Smith (16 points) and Steve Novak (12 points).
Tyson Chandler dominated both sides of the floor on Friday night. The big man patrolled the paint and held All-Star Roy Hibbert to four points on 2-for-10 shooting. In 26 minutes of action, Chandler scored a team-high 16 points, grabbed seven boards, and swatted four shots. His activity on the pick-and-roll and production in the paint helped the Knicks establish a physical presence in their second consecutive victory.
News and Notes:
Davis left the game with a strained right hamstring in the second quarter and did not return. Before the injury, Davis scored seven points in seven minutes on 3-for-3 shooting from the field.
Over the last two games, the Knicks have held their opponents to a combined 26 points in the first quarter. Additionally, New York has outscored Portland and Indiana 105-60 in the first half.
Both the Pacers and Knicks will travel to Indiana following Friday night's game for a quick turnaround and rematch on Saturday. All the action begins at 7 PM on MSG and on ESPN 1050.