Thaddeus Young scored 20 points to lead seven Indiana players in double figures as the Pacers routed the short-handed New York Knicks 115-97 on Monday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 for the Pacers (13-11), who led by 26 at half and 95-65 after three quarters
The Knicks (11-12) were without leading scorers Kristaps Porzingis (25.8 ppg) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (17.8 ppg) for a second consecutive loss. Porzingis is dealing with a sprained right ankle and illness and Hardaway has a lower left leg injury.
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The Knicks were flat out awful. The score does not reflect even how has they played. There was almost nothing positive to take from the game. When Willy Hernangomez is the leading scorer with 14 points, it's a bad night. On the second night of a back-to-back without Porzingis and Hardaway, it was easy to expect a loss ... but this was ugly.
It's alarming to see just how bad this team plays when they have key guys down. The Pacers are a .500 team, and the Knicks were down by almost 40 points. They badly need both their stars back because they probably can't beat anyone in the NBA without them. I would fully expect at least one of the two of them to return Wednesday at home against the Grizzlies. That starts their stretch of seven games against teams below .500. Wednesday needs to be the start of a winning stretch.
The Knicks host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.