The Pacers blow their 19-point lead after Kristaps Porzingis plays the entire fourth quarter to finish the game with a career high 40 points, as the Knicks win 108-101. Indiana led the game 84-65 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter before Porzingis scored 17 points in the fourth. It was the second game in a row that it took just one player to close out the Pacers.
Watched the fourth quarter at the airport. Bad collapse down the stretch - I’ve seen the Knicks a few times. When Kristaps gets hot— Michael Grady (@Grady) November 6, 2017
Indiana looked in control after the first quarter with a 13-point lead at the half and a 12-point lead after the end of the third. Domantas Sabonis dominated early, he had 16 points and 8 rebounds in his first game coming off the bench since the opener against Brooklyn.
Don't think the Pacers have ever had a big man with the agility around the basket that Sabonis has. Not since George McGinnis, anyway.— Mark Montieth (@MarkMontieth) November 6, 2017
The Pacers seemed to run out of gas in the fourth quarter. Both Thaddeus Young and Victor Oladipo played over 40 minutes for the first time this season. Young was a perfect 4-4 from three with 18 points. Oladipo struggled all night, shooting 7-21 from the field with only 17 points.
But he did do this:
Victor Oladipo made this. Somehow. pic.twitter.com/MPN6mETk6J— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) November 6, 2017
Indiana was beat on the glass, losing the rebounding battle 46-34 and allowed 12 offensive rebounds. Center Enes Kanter, also acquired from the Thunder but in the Carmelo Anthony trade, out-rebounded his Pacer counterpart Myles Turner, 18-4.
Turner had a bounce back game finishing with 15 points on 5-8 shooting, but he was limited to 24 minutes by foul trouble.
Frank, Lance Thomas, and even Kanter have stepped up defensively. Pacers had 90 points through 38 mins in this one. 9 since.— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) November 6, 2017
The funniest moment of the game? Lance Stephenson trying to go one-on-one against Porzingis.
Kristaps Porzingis with the massive block on Lance Stephenson!— Azizi Othman (@AziziOthmanMY) November 6, 2017
Indiana’s next game is at home against New Orleans on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Both teams are 5-5. The Pelicans are led by their two center duo of Anthony Davis (27.4 ppg and 12.7 rpg) and Demarcus Cousins (28.7 ppg and 13.7 rpg).