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Thursday, January 16th
(All times Eastern)
New York Knicks (15-23) at Indiana Pacers (30-7), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George got back into the swing of things quickly
and will try to lead the Indiana Pacers to a victory Thursday versus the New
York Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
George scored just eight points in a win over Washington last Friday and
rebounded with 31 points in Tuesday's 116-92 victory versus Sacramento. He
made 10-of-18 shots and sank 4-of-7 3-pointers for the Pacers, who have won
the first two tests on a four-game homestand and are unbeaten in the last
eight as the host.
"The biggest thing that we did tonight was just run," said George. "We got a
couple of days to rest to get our legs under us and that's one thing coach
told us to get that energy we've had."
David West tallied 16 points and eight rebounds, Lance Stephenson had 13
points and both Roy Hibbert and C.J. Watson scored 10 points for the Pacers,
who became the first team in the Eastern Conference to reach 30 wins and
improved to 19-1 as the host. The Pacers have won five of six games overall.
The East-leading Pacers will close the homestand Saturday versus the Los
New York will try to start a new winning streak after having a five-game run
come to an end with Tuesday's 108-98 road loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Al Jefferson was too much for the Knicks and pumped in 35 points. The Knicks
were led by Carmelo Anthony's 20 points, while Amare Stoudemire added 17
points and Raymond Felton scored 13 for the Knicks, who fell to 8-11 away from
Madison Square Garden.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith did not play (coach's decision) and has been lightning
rod of attention for all the wrong reasons lately.
"I'm not even commenting on J.R. (Smith). I just didn't play him tonight. I
just didn't play him," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
After the Knicks visit the Pacers they will return to MSG for eight games
versus the Clippers, Nets, Sixers, Bobcats, Lakers, Celtics, Cavs and Heat.
The Knicks dropped a 103-96 overtime decision to Indiana at home on Nov. 20,
as George hit three free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining to force overtime
and scored nine points during the extra session. George finished with 35
points in that one for the Pacers, who have won three of the last four
meetings with the Knicks.
New York has lost its last three visits to Indiana.
01/16 10:54:05 ET