The Knicks were supported in the fourth by a clutch play
Carmelo Anthony Austin Rivers, who hit the Pacers with the strongest move we’ve seen since Milo’s departure.
Rivers finished 6-9 for 15 points and provided the team with a much-needed spark when he replaced Reggie Bullock, who was spewing a joint. His triple pointer put the Knicks ahead 2 points late.
What followed on the following possessions was a major defense lesson. Julius Randall didn’t have this offensive tonight, shooting only 5–16, but he put the clips on All-Star Domantas Sabonis, especially of late. Andy tried to get it to their big guy late, Randall was ready.
The match was still close at hand, and Pacers goalkeeper Malcolm Brogdon had been ripping up the Knicks all night … until he attempted the basic mistake of shooting the ball close to Mitchell Robinson.
The Knicks will not give up the lead thanks to RJ Barrett’s clutch free throw, who finally knocked out Fank, leading 25 points on an 8-15 shot (4-5 of three!). RJ is now 7-8 shoots a hat-trick against Indiana and 0-21 is unfathomable against anyone else.
Emmanuel Quickley took revenge on the Pacers, who accidentally hit him in the season opener, by chipping in 9 points from 3-4 shots.
Lotta champions in this. What a game! Alex will be tapped tomorrow morning.