Game Log – Dec 16, 2018: Indiana 110 New York 99

Knicks were in this game til the last 7 minutes or so. Indiana clamped down their defense and the Knicks weren’t up to it. It was tied 81-81 with 7:32 to play. Before that the lead went back and forth all game.

Highlights:

  • Last time Knicks played Indiana, Domantas Sabonis had his way with them — he was 11-11 from the floor. This time, Enes Kanter played him tough all game — going at him offensively (7-11, 20 pts, 15 rebounds to Sabonis’ 6-10, 13 pts, 12 rebounds). Kanter offered up well-meaning, decent defense in general. He may be slow but is not a slouch. He brings energy.
  • Noah Vonleh (7 pts, 12 rebounds) had his fill with Miles Turner (24 pts).
  • Kevin Knox continues to look good.
  • Emmanuel Mudiay continues to look good at the point.
  • Tim Hardaway had a decent game against Victor Oladipo.

Knicks can pat themselves on the back having stayed even, on the road, with a strong Indiana team that features the best defense in the NBA. The young Knicks are learning how to play together and gaining confidence. A building-block game.

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