Victor Oladipo had 30 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 121-113 on Sunday.
Bojan Bogdanovic made four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and Thaddeus Young added 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Pacers, who have won six of eight.
Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 17 points, and Michael Beasley had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, whose losing streak reached six games.
The Pacers went on a 14-2 run in the second quarter and took a 53-45 lead on an alley-oop layup by Young with 5:45 remaining in the opening half.
Lance Stephenson's 3-pointer with 3:44 to play in the second quarter put Indiana ahead 58-55, and the Pacers never trailed the rest of the way. >> Read more
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Nobody is really expecting the Knicks to beat anyone at this point. They kept it close against a playoff team. The point now is to see the youth get to play and to have them grow going into next season. Knicks fans should enjoy watching the French-speaking backcourt of Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina. Mudiay looked solid in his first game with the Knicks, finishing with a double-double. Ntilikina is finally going to get the minutes everyone was hoping to see from him now as the tank has begun. The key stat tonight: eight minutes for Jarrett Jack. If Jack plays, that should be right around the minutes he should get every night.
Watching the Knicks these last couple of months is going to be difficult enough. Seeing less of Jack and more of Ntilikina, Mudiay and Trey Burke will make it a little easier to follow. Burke should be playing more than seven minutes as he did tonight, but after the All-Star break, it seems like they may make some more changes. We'll also see more Damyean Dotson and Luke Kornet, which will be nice to see what the Knicks have in them. Expect a lot of losses to compile now, but the actual rebuild is now in full effect. It's going to be a long process, but it's the direction this organization has to go in right now.
The Knicks face the Philadelphia 76ers on the road on Monday at 7 p.m.