Through most of the first half, the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks were engaged in a defensive battle fueled by an early start and missed shots galore, while both teams played well on the defensive end. While the Pacers were holding the Knicks under 30% shooting, the Pacers themselves were fairing worse, but despite the ugly score, it remained a tight game in the 20's as the second quarter dragged on. Raymond Felton helped to jump start the Knicks offense, who were able to open up a double digit lead, the Pacers needing a pair of three pointers to stay within striking distance at halftime.
The Pacers shot just 26% from the floor, led by Paul George's 10 as the Knicks shot at mild 33%, led by Carmelo Anthony with 16. Indiana struggled with turnovers in the second quarter, their turnover number ballooning up to 10, with the Knicks holding an 8-0 lead in points off turnovers.
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