Hardaway’s career night spoiled by the Pacers
With a game-high 37 points and a career-high 7 tree pointers, Tim Hardaway Jr. was this close to carry the Knicks towards their third win of the season. And then, something typical happened. Victor Oladipo scored 9 of his total 24 points in the final three minutes of the game and the Pacers, who were down 91-95 a minute earlier, went on a 16-6 run that closed the gates at 107-101.
“We froze up in the last three, four minutes. We didn’t get into anything. I was getting the deer in the headlights look at me in the fourth. We had six turnovers in the fourth and you can’t do that. We have to get better in late-game situations. It’s usually an area young teams struggle.”
– David Fizdale
Noah Vonleh scored 14 points and collected 8 rebounds and Mitchell Robinson,although he finished scoreless, he electrized the Garden with two strong blocks. Frank Ntilikina shot just 2-8 after a couple of great games and finished with just 4 points in his third start but still, he dished 7 assists.
Damyean Dotson scored 13 points and marked his 10th straight game with at least 10 points. Allonzo Trier led the bench with 14 buckets.
The Pacers (5-3) were led by Domantas Sabonis who shot an amazing 12-12 from the field, finishing with 30 points to which he added 9 boards. Thaddeus Young and Boan Bogdanovic also finished in double figures, scoring 13 and 10 points.
The Knicks fell 2-6 and will travel to Dallas where they will face Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Saturday night.