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Pacers Pummel Knicks In Beginning Season-Long Homestand

A short-handed Knicks (11-12) team had no match for the Pacers (13-11) on Monday night, with Indiana beginning their six-game homestand with a 115-97 victory.

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INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday night, the Pacers sure looked like a team happy to be at home for the next two weeks.

The Pacers ran all over the Knicks on Monday, controlling things from the onset, in recording a 115-97 victory over a short-handed New York team.

Thaddeus Young (20 points, on 9-of-11 shooting) paced 7 of his teammates in double-figures.

Playing without leading scorers Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., the Knicks never seriously challenged the Pacers once they trailed by 12 points at the end of the opening quarter.

Indiana has promised a team that would get out and run this year.

They did that on Monday to the tune of 31 fast-break points (a season-high), compared to just 5 for the Knicks.

Monday’s victory came against a team that the Pacers could very well be competing for a playoff spot with once springtime arrives.

The victory for Indiana avenged a Nov. 5 loss to the Knicks in which the Pacers blew a 19-point third-quarter lead.

Nate McMillan’s team is now 7-4 at home this season, as they now play 5 more in a row at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


What’s Next: The Pacers (13-11) have 5 more games remaining on their homestand: Bulls (Wednesday, 12/6), Cavaliers (Friday, 12/8), Nuggets (Sunday, 12/10), Thunder (Wednesday, 12/13) and Pistons (Friday, 12/15).

A rescheduled game for the Pacers on Wednesday night saw them have one of their worst shooting nights of the season, losing 96-92 to the Pelicans.
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