Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 Preseason match between the Indiana Pacers (IND) and the New York Knicks (NYK) on December 24, 2020, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
In a 121-107 victory at the expense of New York, Domantas Sabonis racked up another double-double on Wednesday to kickstart Indiana’s NBA campaign, with his game-high 32 points, backed up by four other Pacers player scoring in double figures.
“I was really excited,” Sabonis said after the victory. “I couldn’t even really take my pregame nap just thinking about it.”
Leading Indiana to its first victory was Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren who debuted today.
Playing for 35 minutes, Malcolm Brogdon was his steady self, flirting with a triple-double, tallying 21 points, on top of 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
On the other hand, two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo, who played 28 minutes, dropped 22 points. Coming to life in the second half, Oladipo scored 16 of his total output.
“This is a great win,” Oladipo said. “Congrats to Coach for his first win, that’s big time. We can be a really good team. We’ve just got to build on it, but it was a great first night.”
Meanwhile, Myles Turner anchored the defense, matching his career-high with eight blocks. Turner chipped in 10 points, on top of 8 rebounds and 1 assist.
For his part, Doug McDermott played 28 minutes and contributed 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Indiana led by as many as eight points in a quarter, but New York rallied to take a three-point lead on Alec Burks’ 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining. However, the Pacers responded with eight straight points to surge back in front and took a 35-33 lead into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Alec Burks and RJ Barrett carried New York’s offense, scoring 21 of the Knicks’ first 26 points to help the visitors open up a 59-53 lead.
Sabonis and Brogdon each converted three-point plays during an 8-2 Pacers run to tie the game at 61, but Barrett’s 3-pointer and Burks’ layup gave the Knicks a 66-61 lead at the intermission.
Unfortunately for New York, Indiana’s Oladipo came to life in the third frame, hitting five straight shots and scoring Pacers’ first 11 points of the second half. Oladipo then assisted on four of the Pacers’ next five baskets to cap a 22-11 run to open the half.
With the momentum practically on their side already, Indiana extended their lead to 12 points by the midway point of the final frame and pulled away from there.
Barrett led New York with 26 points, eight boards, and five assists.
Burks added 22 points off the bench while going 6-for-12 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Indiana vs New York
The scores: 35-33; 61-66; 88-82; 121-107
Pacers (121) – Domantas Sabonis 32, Victor Oladipo 22, Malcolm Brogdon 21, Doug McDermott 13, Myles Turner 10, Aaron Holiday 7, Justin Holiday 6, T. J. Warren 5, T. J. McConnell 5.
Knicks (107) – Alec Burks 22, RJ Barrett 26, Julius Randle 17, Reggie Bullock 11, Obadiah Toppin 9, Elfred Payton 7, Immanuel Quickley 5, Kevin Knox 4, Mitchell Robinson 3, Nerlens Noel 2, Frank Ntilikina 1, Theo Pinson 0.