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.
- 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.