NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New York 19 21 25 32 97
Indiana 31 35 29 20 115
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Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana  Attendance: 12,018

Short-handed Knicks look to rebound vs. Pacers

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New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers

  1. The Knicks have lost four of their last five, including a 105-100 loss to the Magic at home yesterday. New York is 0-10 when scoring less than 105 points, and is 11-1 when scoring 105 or more.
  2. The Pacers lost their second game in a row on Friday in Toronto, 120-115. Indiana allowed 70 points in the paint in the loss, tied for the most it has allowed in a single game since 2000-01
  3. Indiana is last in the NBA this season in points in the paint per game differential, as it is being outscored by 6.2 points per game in the painted area. New York ranks second in the NBA with a plus-6.7 margin (New Orleans -- plus-7.5).
  4. Including a 108-101 win in New York on November 5, the Knicks have won three in a row against Pacers for only the second time in the last 20 years (also April 2011 -- March 2012). The last time New York won four straight against Indiana was from March 1996 -- February 1997.
  5. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 5.1 more rebounds per game than a season ago, the largest improvement in the NBA from last year to this year (played a minimum of 70 percent of team games both seasons). Just behind Sabonis with the second-largest improvement is Enes Kanter, who is averaging 4.0 more rebounds per game than last year.
  6. Myles Turner has blocked a shot in 16 games he has played this season and is tied with Clint Capela and Brook Lopez at second in the NBA in blocked shots this year with 39. Only Kristaps Porzingis, who will not play tonight due to injury, has more with 40.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Knicks will be short-handed again Monday night.

The question is whether the Indiana Pacers (12-11) be able to take advantage when they host the Knicks (11-11).

New York played without its two top scorers, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., in a 105-100 loss to the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Porzingis was ruled out with an ankle sprain and an illness approximately an hour before the game started. Porzingis sustained the injury in the first quarter against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Hardaway is sidelined due to a left leg injury. Porzingis is averaging 25.8 points and Hardaway 17.8 points.

Porzingis and Hardaway were not traveling to Indiana, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said after the game.

Michael Beasley, who was averaging 7.1 points, started in Porzingis' place Sunday and scored 21 points in 28 minutes. Damyean Dotson, making his first career start, replaced Hardaway and scored just two points on 1-of-3 shooting.

Hornacek dismissed any notion that Porzingis may not be physically able to play 75-plus games a season.

"He's still young," Hornacek said before the Sunday game. "He is 7-foot-3 and there are going to be times he has bumps and bruises and stuff like that. It was kind of a pride thing back in the day to play all 82. They're spreading games out, eliminating four games in five nights."

Porzingis said he will come back when he's 100 percent.

"It's not a thing that I should force now and maybe backfire," he said.

Rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina was able to return for New York on Sunday, and he scored nine points in 16 minutes. He missed the Wednesday game because of a sprained left ankle.

The Monday contest will start a six-game homestand for the Pacers, who dropped their past two games on the road to Houston and Toronto.

The Raptors beat the Pacers 120-115 Friday night.

"We just didn't make any shots," Pacers guard Victor Oladipo said. "They did a great job of playing on both ends obviously. They did a great job of moving the ball, so credit them for that. It was a tough loss, we have to learn from it. We have a home stretch coming up that's going to be huge for us, so we have to be ready to play."

Oladipo scored a season-high 36 on 14-of-22 shooting at Toronto.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan didn't see much to like on either end.

"I didn't think we played the game the right way," McMillan said. "I thought offensively we didn't have the ball movement. I thought we were taking some tough shots. I thought our mind was more on the offensive end before getting our shots, getting involved on the offensive end as opposed to focusing on defending, getting stops and working together."

The Pacers lost to host New York 108-101 in the teams' first meeting of the season on Nov. 5. Indiana was in control much of the game, leading by as many as 19 points, before the Knicks rallied. Porzingis scored a career-high 40 for the Knicks, who had a 36-17 edge in the fourth quarter.

"They were the aggressors and wanted it a little bit more," McMillan said.

After losing seven in a row to Indiana, the Knicks have won four of the past five regular-season games in the series.

Updated December 4, 2017

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