In two games under new head coach Mike Woodson, the Knicks have produced two blowouts, including a 115-100 decision over the Pacers Friday in Madison Square Garden. The Knicks blistered Portland 121-79 in Woodson's debut, snapping a six-game losing streak that led to the departure of former coach Mike D'Antoni.
The Pacers, who played one of their best overall games of the season in routing Philadelphia 11-94 Wednesday, produced one of their worst. They fell behind by 17 points 10 minutes into the game, were down 19 at halftime and 30 after three quarters. The deficit reached 32 before the reserves trimmed the margin.
Indiana (25-17) had a two-game win streak snapped, lost its fourth in a row on the road and will try to get back on track in a rematch with the Knicks (20-24) Saturday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
BY THE NUMBERS
Darren Collison was the Pacers' leading scorer with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, adding four assists, four rebounds and four turnovers. A.J. Price scored 14, Dahntay Jones 13 and Tyler Hansbrough had 12 points and six rebounds. George Hill scored 12 for his sixth consecutive double-figures game, adding four assists and three rebounds. Roy Hibbert continued his post-All-Star-break slump, scoring just four points on 2-of-10 shooting, and Danny Granger also struggled mightily with nine points on 4-of-15 shooting. The Pacers shot 40 percent and had more turnovers (18) than assists (17).
Tyson Chandler had 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocks to lead the Knicks. J.R. Smith scored 16 off the bench, Jeremy Lin had 13 points, five assists, five rebounds and three turnovers. Carmelo Anthony had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Steve Novak scored 12 points on four 3-pointers. The Knicks shot 51 percent.
"It's great to have a quick turnaround. When you lose like that, it hurts, OK? Those guys are feeling the pain right now. They're a little angry and ticked-off and the best thing for that is another game, particularly against the team that just did it to you, so we're looking forward to (Saturday) night." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"They got up and pressed us with their defense and took us out of a lot of stuff offensively. They had a heck of a shooting night." - Vogel
"They are playing energized. The team has a coaching change. I know when we went through our coaching change you play with an edge and energy that you didn’t think you had and they played well defensively and we helped them out, too." - Granger
"We are not a high-assist team and teams are forcing us into scenarios where we have to play one-on-one and we aren’t able to share the ball and get guys opportunities to make plays." - Pacers forward David West
STAT OF THE GAME
With 59 bench points tonight, the Pacers raised their three-game total to 150. In that span, the reserves have shot 54 percent from the field, made 11-of-22 from the 3-point line and produced 56 rebounds and 36 assists. In the same span, the starters have combined for 153 points, 70 rebounds and 28 assists.
New York simply overwhelmed the Pacers out of the gate. Indiana went without a field goal for nearly 4½ minutes in the first quarter and the Knicks capitalized with a 14-2 run to build a 21-6 lead. At that point, the Pacers were 2-of-18 from the field.
The cold-shooting, flat-footed Pacers didn't show any signs of life until late in the second quarter when Granger and Paul George sparked a 9-2 run that cut the lead to 43-31 but the Knicks scored the final seven of the half capped by a Lin 3-pointer that made it 50-31 at the break. The Pacers shot 32 percent in the half and committed 12 turnovers. The Knicks shot 50 percent.
The beatdown continued in the third quarter as the Pacers got no closer than 17 and fell behind by 30, 88-58, entering the fourth quarter, and it was time to rest the starters for the rematch.
Knicks reserve J.R. Smith picked up a technical foul for taunting after a fourth-quarter dunk. … Anthony committed a flagrant foul against Collison in the first quarter. … Indiana posted a season-low for points in the first half with 31. … Knicks reserve point guard Baron Davis scored seven quick points bridging the first two periods but left after making a 3-pointer with a strained hamstring and did not return. … Leandro Barbosa, acquired from Toronto prior to the NBA trade deadline Thursday, was not with the team. He will arrive in Indianapolis Saturday to take a physical but is not expected to play in the rematch with the Knicks … Jeff Foster missed his seventh consecutive game and 31st of the season with a sore lower back.
A weekend back-to-back with the Knicks wraps up Saturday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). Indianapolis native and former Indiana University standout Mike Woodson replaced Mike D'Antoni as head coach Wednesday.