The Knicks cut a 22-point deficit down to four in the final minute, but the Indiana Pacers held on for a 106-98 win. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Friday's game
1) The story of Friday's game was an all too familiar one this season. The Knicks got off to a decent start and led by five points after the first quarter. But things then took a turn, and after trailing by seven points at halftime, things deteriorated quickly in the third quarter. The Pacers outscored the Knicks by 20 in the middle two quarters, giving Indiana a comfortable 80-65 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Knicks pulled within 12 points with around nine-and-a-half minutes to play, and a Frank Ntilikina three-pointer with just under seven minutes to go brought the Knicks within eight at 91-83. With under a minute to go, the Indiana lead was seven, but a Damyean Dotson three cut it to four points, but the late effort wasn't enough.
2) Bobby Portis had a huge night off the bench for the Knicks. Portis led the team with 19 points, providing a spark off the bench. He was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and also grabbed six rebounds. Meanwhile, Mitchell Robinson also played a good game off the bench, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, and four blocks in 17 minutes.
3) With Elfrid Payton missing the game because of a sore ankle, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. were both able to play significant minutes. Getting the start, Ntilikina played a solid game, finishing with 14 points, two rebounds, and two assists. He also knocked down a pair of three-pointers. Smith Jr. came out of the gates playing fast, but ended up with just three points on 1-of-6 shooting in 15 minutes.
4) RJ Barrett came out of the game playing very aggressively, attacking the rim and converting in traffic. Barrett ended up with 17 points, shooting 8-of-19 from the floor. He also grabbed four rebounds and had two assists.
5) With Victor Oladipo playing just 25 minutes, hampered by a back injury that eventually ended his night, the Pacers were led offensively by T.J. Warren, who poured in 27 points. Meanwhile, All-Star Domantas Sabonis played a good game down low, finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
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The Knicks hit the road next, as they head to Texas for a matchup with the small-ball Houston Rockets on Monday. Tip-off from Monday is set for 8:00PM.