by Jonah Ballow

How It Happened:
The Pacers jumped out of the gate in the first quarter with a 31-19 lead.  Without their two top scorers and on the second of a back-to-back, the Knicks lacked the offensive firepower to match Indiana and the much-needed defensive stops. The Pacers lead ballooned to 38 points as the home team shot 53.5 percent from the floor and 42.3 percent behind the arc in the 115-97 victory.  Defensively, Indiana forced 18 turnovers that led to 26 points and six players scored in double figures.  The Pacers evened the season series at one apiece while improving to 11-12 overall on the season.

Knick of the Night:
Willy Hernangomez received minutes in the second half as he finished with a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. The big man connected on 7-for-10 from the field in nearly 17 minutes on the court.    

Michael Beasley posted 13 points, Doug McDermott registered 12, Damyean Dotson finished 1ith nine points, and Jarrett Jack dished out five assists.

Statistically Speaking:
Indiana entered tonight’s game as one of the fastbreak team’s in the NBA and it showed in the final box score.  The Pacers outscored New York 31-5 in the open floor.

News and Notes:
Kristaps Porzingis did not start for the second straight game due to a sprained ankle and illness. Additionally, Tim Hardaway Jr. was sidelined with a stress injury in his lower left leg.

Next Up:
The Knicks will fly back to New York tonight and have the day off tomorrow.  On Wednesday, the squad returns to Madison Square Garden for a home matchup against the Grizzlies at 7:30 PM.