How It Happened:
The Knicks roared back from a 19-point deficit to upend the visiting Pacers on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. Trailing 90-77 in the fourth quarter, Kristaps Porzingis nailed a 3-pointer, swatted a shot on the defensive side of the floor, and Enes Kanter finished a tip-in on the next possession. The sequence sliced Indiana’s advantage to 90-82 with 8:44 remaining in the final stanza. Frank Ntilikina delivered a clutch shot from downtown as part of a 15-2 run from the home squad. After Porzingis completed an And-1, Ntilikina dropped another triple to hand the Knicks a 102-99 advantage. The rookie snatched a steal, hit Tim Hardaway Jr. on the break, and New York sealed the impressive comeback 108-101 victory. The Knicks are now 5-1 in their last six outings and 5-4 on the season.
Knick of the Night:
Porzingis was spectacular in racking up a career-high 40 points in the Sunday night win. The 7-3 unicorn drilled 62.5 percent of his shots from the floor, grabbed eight boards, and swatted six shots in 45 minutes of hard work. Porzingis has now scored 30-plus points in seven of nine games and became the first player in NBA history with at least 40 points, six blocks, and two 3-pointers in a single game.
Hardaway Jr. finished with 16 points and two steals, Kanter hauled down 18 boards, and Ntilikina recorded 10 points and seven dimes in just 17 minutes off the pine.
Once again, New York dominated the paint by outscoring the Pacers 54-34 in the box. Additionally, the Knicks registered 14 second chance points in the win.
The Knicks will conclude the long homestand on Tuesday night with a matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. Tipoff set for 7:30 PM at MSG.