Player of the Game
TRAVIS DIENER
Veteran point guard made his first appearance of the season, playing 10 minutes off the bench and scoring three points with an assist.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Diener -5 -5
Dunleavy -16 -82
Ford DNP -203
Foster DNP -9
Granger DNP -58
Hansbrough DNP -29
Head -19 +48
Hibbert -10 -68
D. Jones -24 -173
S. Jones -33 -115
McRoberts -15 -9
Murphy DNP -227
Price -25 -4
Rush -38 -90
Watson -3 -53
Noteworthy
  • For the fifth time in six games, the Pacers fell behind by at least 15 points in the first quarter as the Knicks led by as many as 24 (38-14) in the opening period.
  • The Pacers were without Jeff Foster (back), Danny Granger (foot), Tyler Hansbrough (ear) and Troy Murphy (ankle).
  • The Pacers' bench was outscored (48-36) for the first time in 10 games.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Knicks 46, Pacers 32
    Fast-break points:
    Knicks 12, Pacers 4
    Second-chance points:
    Knicks 24, Pacers 13
    Points off turnovers:
    Knicks 25, Pacers 8
    Starters scoring:
    Knicks 84, Pacers 53
    Bench scoring:
    Knicks 48, Pacers 36
    Stat of the Night
    After enjoying their biggest lead of the season (29) last night against Minnesota, the Pacers faced their biggest deficit of the year (48) tonight in New York. It was the largest deficit any team has faced in the NBA this season.
    Up Next
    The Pacers return home to face the Orlando Magic on Tuesday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • Jan. 3, 2010 at Madison Square Garden
    Knicks 132, Pacers 89
    END RESULT
    Something about Sunday night on the road brings out the worst in the Pacers. For the second time in eight days, they were thoroughly dominated, this time in New York as the Knicks rolled up their largest victory margin ever against Indiana with a 132-89 rout before 19,763 in Madison Square Garden.

    The Pacers lost 114-80 in Miami last Sunday and in their only other Sunday outing were routed 104-88 in Charlotte in Nov. 22, giving them an 0-3 record with an average deficit of 31 points in those three games.

    The 43-point loss was the worst in more than 22 years, since a 46-point loss in Detroit (119-73) on April 2, 1987. The Pacers also yielded their most points of the season and trailed by 48 points in the second quarter, the largest deficit faced by any NBA team this season.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers (10-23) lost for the ninth time in 10 games and 20th time in 25 games since a 5-3 start. They also dropped their seventh straight on the road, where they're 3-14. The Knicks (14-20) have won three of four and 10 of their last 15.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • “We didn’t have the weapons or the legs to compete with the Knicks tonight. They trapped Roy (Hibbert) early and took our best scoring option away, and when we went outside we didn’t make any threes. It was a long night, and it’s back to work tomorrow. " – Jim O'Brien.
  • "It’s not fun to get behind 15 to 20 points early on in the game, and we've found ourselves digging holes early in games. Generally we fight back and make it a ballgame, but we did not again have the energy or the legs to get back in the basketball game. … We just didn’t have what it took tonight.”
  • “I think we came into the game and we just didn’t do what we were supposed to do from the start. The Knicks are a team that can change and extend a lead in a minute. They played an extremely good game today. I think we need to go home and figure out what happened in those first five minutes.” – Roy Hibbert.
  • “We just jumped on them quick with the defense and just shot the ball really well. We moved the ball, guys making right decisions." – Knicks Coach Mike D'Antoni.

    KEY MOMENTS
    The Pacers were out of this one immediately, as they committed four turnovers in the first 3½ minutes, fell behind 14-3 and the rout was on. The Knicks led by 24 in the first quarter (38-14), 32 at halftime (74-42), and an NBA-high 48 in the third quarter (107-59).

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Luther Head was the Pacers' high scorer with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, with three assists and three rebounds. Mike Dunleavy scored 12 but played just 16 minutes. A.J. Price had a career-high 11 points and Dahntay Jones scored 10. The Pacers shot .407 overall but were 6-of-30 (.200) from the 3-point line. They were outrebounded 55-35 and outscored 20-9 from the free-throw line.

    Wilson Chandler led the Knicks with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting, David Lee had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Danilo Gallinari had 20 points and eight rebounds and Chris Duhon scored 18 points, making 6-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding seven assists. Al Harrington scored 15 in 17 minutes off the bench. Former Pacers forward Jonathan Bender played 24 points, producing eight points, seven rebounds three assists and a blocked shot. The Knicks shot .521 overall, 12-of-30 (.400) from the 3-point line and committed just nine turnovers.