KNICKS 102 PACERS 88 | BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE
How it happened:
The location and jersey colors changed but the outcome remained the same as the Knicks snagged their third straight victory in a 102-88 win over the Pacers on Saturday night.
In a rare back-to-back set against the same team, New York found an alternate way of defeating Indiana on consecutive nights. As expected, the Pacers jumped on the floor in the first quarter with a ton of energy and motivation to avenge the 15-point blowout defeat on Friday.
Early in the fourth quarter, Roy Hibbert hit a hook shot in the lane to narrow the Knicks lead to just three points. Jeremy Lin connected on a fading jumper at the 7:50 mark and a stop-and-pop bucket to help New York gain back some breathing room on the scoreboard. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and George Hill were also hit with technical fouls in the quarter as they were visibly frustrated by the officiating.
The Knicks posted a 12-1 run during a four-minute stretch in the fourth period and outscored Indiana 25-14 in the final stanza to complete a remarkable turnaround since losing six straight games a week ago.
Lin finished with 19 points on the night, with a little flashback to the Linsanity era. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire combined for 38 points, and Tyson Chandler hauled down five of his nine boards on the offensive glass.
The second quarter was another pivotal point in the contest, especially after the Knicks allowed 35 first quarter points. New York’s second unit caught fire and quickly reeled off a 10-2 run over the first three minutes of the period. The bench mob was essential on Saturday night and the defense proved to be a key component while only giving up 16 points in the second quarter.
The Knicks improved to 21-24 on the season while toppling the Pacers for the second straight time.
Lin was clutch down the stretch and shot 6-of-10 from the floor, grabbed seven boards, and dished out seven assists. Without Baron Davis in the lineup, Lin was counted on to play 33 important minutes for the road squad. Lin was also on point at the charity stripe, sinking seven of his eight attempts.
News and Notes:
Baron Davis did not travel with the team to Indiana as he attempts to recover from a strained hamstring. The Knicks guard suffered the injury in the first half of Friday’s game against the Pacers.
New York is only allowing 89 points per game during its current three-game winning streak.
After concluding the back-to-back set against the Pacers, the Knicks boarded a plane for New York. The team will have Sunday off to rest and return to Madison Square Garden Training Center on Tuesday for a practice session.