No D. Bad from 3. Indiana 111 Knicks 98

The Knicks shot 5-24 from 3 and did not play the D to keep them in this game, losing to the 2-6 Pacers in Indiana on a Wednesday night. NY was down by 4 points with 6 minutes left but could not stop Indiana down the stretch.

Indiana shot 16-41 from 3, including a career 3-pt shooting game from their center Myles Turner, who was 7-10 from 3 (9-14 overall) for 25 points to go along with 13 rebounds and 3 blocks — and importantly hit two huge 3’s down the stretch to secure the win.

The loss had Knick announcer Walt Frazier pointing out that the defense of Elfrid Payton and Reggie Bullock from last year’s team was missing. Worse, Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier — their replacements — had horrible offensive games, combining to go 1-10 from 3.

“Without Payton, without Bullock — obviously the defense is not as intense,” said Frazier late in the 4th quarter. “Walker and Fournier are more offensive oriented. The Knicks have to make adjustments folks; that’s all. Look in the mirror.”

1. Indiana Jumped On Top

Indiana JUMPED out to an 11-0 lead in the game and held a 36-22 lead after a quarter. Myles Turner was hitting 3’s and Kemba Walker was missing 3’s. Kemba would finish the night 2-11 (0-5 from 3) for 4 pts in 28 minutes.

But the Knicks started chipping away and by start of the 4th quarter, were down 5 — 80-75.

When Derrick Rose got a rebound, and started fast upcourt — looked up and then took it straight to the basket for a full-court drive — the Knicks were down 85-83 and Indiana called timeout with 9:47 left.

It was a good timeout. Indiana came out of the timeout with Malcolm Brogdon driving to the bucket and drawing fouls several times down the court to drive their lead back up to 7.

2. Randle Took It to Sabonis

Julius Randle (18 pts on 6-16 shooting, 6-8 in free throws, 14 rebounds, 3 assists) was taking it to Domantas Sabonis all night — scoring inside buckets or going to the free throw line.

Randle hit free throws with 6 minutes left to pull NY within 4 pts.

3. Turner 3’s Nailed Down the Win

But the Knicks couldn’t stop Indiana down the stretch. Malcolm Brogdon (17 pts and a +9) and Caris LeVert (21 pts and a +18) kept penetrating and scoring or getting fouled.

And then Myles Turner hit a big 3 with 6 minutes left to give Indiana a 9-pt lead, and another 3 with 4:34 left to give Indiana a 12-pt game for the old ballgame.

Mitchell Robinson had a tough time guarding Turner. Robinson meanwhile only had 3 pts on 1-1 shooting, and 6 rebounds — but 3 blocks — in 28 minutes. Nerlens Noel laced up for the first time this season, and had 2 pts, 6 rebounds in 18 minutes.

4. Barrett a Silver Lining

A silver lining for the Knicks was that RJ Barrett had another strong game with 23 points on 8-20 shooting (5-7 from the free throw line; 2-6 from 3) with 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Derrick Rose had a good bounce-back game — he had shot poorly in the last few. Rose had 13 points on 5-11 shooting.

Obi Toppin had another good game — 7 pts on 3-3 shooting in 11 minutes.

Alec Burks shot well: 10 pts on 3-6 shooting.

The Boxscore

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