New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The New York Knicks (12-13) play against the Indiana Pacers (16-16) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Wednesday December 8, 2021

New York Knicks 102, Indiana Pacers 122 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Six 3s for Steph Curry in the Warriors’ win over the Blazers tonight. They’re 21-4. Ten made 3s from the record. Next three games: at Sixers, at Pacers, at Knicks. Likely to be broken in one of those three road games. – 12:35 AM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors are down to zero healthy centers. If only there were a couple impact bigs on the market…
Domantas Sabonis or Myles Turner would check a lot of boxes. Question is, are the Raps ready to expedite the growth process, and at what cost? https://t.co/ahwUBEuov9 pic.twitter.com/wnPv3Y5iVd12:31 AM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks lose as Pacers romp through their defense
The Knicks were humbled by a team seemingly breaking apart, falling by 20 points on the road. newsday.com/sports/basketb…12:21 AM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Oof. RJ Barrett his shot rejected and eats ball on this play. pic.twitter.com/vKbTmLbOrU11:54 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
As much as a stinger as last night vs BKN was, Tonight in MEM was that satisfying. Nice to see @Reggie Bullock do Reggie Bullock things. And can’t say enough about Moses Brown’s night. Have a feeling we might see another round of him vs Sabonis and Turner on Friday in Indy. – 11:35 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
goodnight #PacersTwitter, say it back. pic.twitter.com/nIiRScuQ8E10:42 PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
keep it rolling.
@Chris Duarte: 23p/6a/3r
@Myles Turner: 22p/4r/2b
@Domantas Sabonis: 21p/11r/5a
@Malcolm Brogdon: 16p/5a/4r/3s
@CarisLeVert: 15p/6a/3r/2s
#PacersWin | #GoldBlooded pic.twitter.com/3ohE4Pm2DB10:20 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Evan Fournier said he was fighting a bout of food poisoning from a bad steak in San Antonio — said the steak tasted good, but a day later got to him. – 10:17 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Evan Fournier said he ate a bad steak in San Antonio and it bothered him the last two games. – 10:16 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Myles Turner to @RomeovilleKid in response to a question about yesterday’s report concerning the direction of the team: “I know you’re pretty new here bro, but my name is in a trade rumor every day.” 😂 – 10:09 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Myles Turner is averaging 12.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.8 threes on 52.6/39.5/70.5 shooting splits.
Now, the Pacers are reportedly open to trading him as they look to rebuild.
@esidery explores 5 possible landing spots for the 25-year-old: basketballnews.com/stories/examin…10:09 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
when people ask how i handle watching so much knicks basketball pic.twitter.com/BOz42vIWIH9:56 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
“We all love playing here,” Domantas Sabonis says of recent reports about the team. Said he appreciated Rick and Kevin addressing them directly. “We all want to be here.” – 9:55 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
when we say BING, you say… pic.twitter.com/38eRpaAXLu9:49 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Rick Carlisle says he and Kevin Pritchard met with and told player leadership (Turner, Sabonis, Brogdon, and LeVert) that the Pacers want to win with this team they have now, but he added that “trades are always possible in this business.” – 9:38 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Let’s start with the positive: Obi Toppin went between his legs for a dunk.
Now the negative for the Knicks: Everything that happened before and after that dunk.
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…9:35 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
*whispers so quietly to not completely disturb the timeline*
Tonight, the Pacers clinched at least a tie with the Knicks in a head-to-head standings tiebreaker this season. – 9:25 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Pacers reportedly willing to listen on offers for LeVert, Turner and Sabonis, should Kings call? kings-beat.beehiiv.com/p/indiana-pace…9:23 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Julius Randle last season ➡️ this season:
— 24 PPG ➡️ 20 PPG
— 46 FG% ➡️ 43 FG%
— 41 3P% ➡️ 33 3P%
RJ Barrett last season ➡️ this season:
— 18 PPG ➡️ 15 PPG
— 44 FG% ➡️ 41 FG%
— 40 3P% ➡️ 36 3P%
The Knicks are 12-13. pic.twitter.com/cLiLxkUn5S9:23 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
That’s a 12-2 run to start the 3rd quarter for New Orleans.
We’re re-living Orlando, New York and Chicago all over again. – 9:21 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BEAT THE KNICKS.
#PacersWin pic.twitter.com/246gVpVl109:20 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Final: Pacers 122, Knicks 102.
Knicks fall to 12-13 on the season, 11th in the East. Next up: at Toronto on Friday.
• Barrett 19-2-3
• Randle 18 & 8
• Burks 15 pts
• Duarte 12-3-6
• Sabonis 21-11-5
• Turner 22 & 4 – 9:20 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Pacers smash the Knicks 122-102 and improve to 11-16. One of their most complete performances of the season. Everybody played, and everybody played well. Chris Duarte was outstanding, and three Pacers scored more than 20. – 9:19 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?! pic.twitter.com/WO6xBkkei99:16 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Goga Bitadze is in the game and Isaiah Jackson + Duane Washington are at the scorers table. That kind of night for the Pacers. A dominant performance. – 9:15 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jericho Sims in with Miles McBride, Kevin Knox and Quentin Grimes.
Knicks down 25 and Thibs literally Sims to end. – 9:14 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
If the Pacers want to pump up Myles Turner’s trade value – they should petition the league to play against the Knicks every game from now until the deadline – 9:14 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Knicks fans, chalk this up to being the second end of a back-to-back and move on.
Or if you can find any positives from tonight, let me know. – 9:13 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Sabonis bombs in a three and he’s pumped up. Pacers are clicking together, hyping up the crowd, and hitting… everything. Essentially the opposite of the team that was playing last week. 118-93. – 9:13 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Man the Knicks really getting wiped off the floor in Indiana.
Pacers 118, Knicks 93 with four minutes remaining. – 9:12 PM
Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass
Another 20+ point game from Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis, who hit the go-ahead fallaway 3 to sink Indiana. He’s gonna earn fans in NBA front offices. Tough kid with leadership qualities, USAB experience, improved across the board. – 9:10 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Duarte tosses a clean alley oop to Caris LeVert and the crowd is loud. The LeVert dunk puts the Pacers up 19 with 5 minutes to go, they are rolling. Duarte has 23/3/5. – 9:08 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
indiana’s own, @KidQuill 👏 pic.twitter.com/79ZWgJWTSO9:07 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
That’s a BRUTAL loss from Indiana. … and extends Wisconsin’s winning streak to 19 straight against IU at the Kohl Center. – 9:05 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
It’s all well & good in real time but the Knicks’ next film session is going to be this play on a loop & Thibs going ballistic about showboating while getting your tail handed to you pic.twitter.com/4BNHR7M2q68:58 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through three quarters, the Pacers lead the Knicks 96-76.
• Barrett 19-2-3
• Randle 18 & 8
• Burks 10 pts
• Duarte 21 pts
• Sabonis 18-9-4 – 8:54 PM
Gery Woelfel @GeryWoelfel
Indiana 59, UW 57. 2:19 left. – 8:53 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Pacers still controlling this game after 3 quarters, up 96-76. Hard to believe this is the same team that played last week. Sharing the ball, hitting 3s, playing good defense. They look solid tonight. – 8:53 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
I know the Knicks are on the second night of a back-to-back but even given that context, this has not been a defensive performance to write home about. – 8:42 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
We praised Julius Randle for his ball movement and composure in San Antonio. …Tonight? Four turnovers and just one assist. – 8:38 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
put some respect on his name!💪 pic.twitter.com/cv0N9lZzaQ8:35 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
0-2, 3 turnovers to start the second half and the Knicks just gave up a 7-0 run to start it and are down 20. Timeout Thibodeau. – 8:28 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Randle with his fourth turnover of the night on the first possession of the second half – that’s 10 games this season with at least four turnovers. – 8:26 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
here’s a look at the @PointsBetIN Numbers at the Half. pic.twitter.com/cYAoBa3S1y8:25 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
The latest on TJ McConnell’s wrist injury – including Rick Carlisle’s thought on Brad Wanamaker’s play of late and Caris LeVert’s thoughts on his own ability to fill in as a point guard: forbes.com/sites/tonyeast…8:22 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
24 minutes in the books!
@Chris Duarte 17p/3a/2r pic.twitter.com/dVVivaPREC8:14 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Atrocious defensive effort from the Knicks in the first half – giving up 70 points to the Pacers.
NY down 13 points at the break.
Randle took 14 shots. The other four Knicks starters took a combined total of 15 FG attempts.
Only 8 first-half minutes for Obi. Just 9 mins for IQ – 8:13 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
On today’s podcast, I chatted with @jovanBuha about a few potential options if the Pacers do legitimately try to break up their core over the next couple of months:
PODCAST: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gam…
VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=J9kht6…8:11 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Pacers lead the Knicks 70-57 at halftime. Duarte leads the team with 17 points, but the Pacers have many guys in double digits. Impressive half. – 8:11 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Halftime. Pacers lead the Knicks 70-57.
• Randle 18 & 5
• Barrett 8 pts, 3 asts
• Rose 8-3-4
• Duarte 17-2-3
• Sabonis 13-7-3
Pacers shooting 60% from the field, 58% from deep. – 8:10 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
So the Knicks just gave up 70 points in the half to the Pacers – down 13. – 8:09 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
K E L A N
M A R T I N🗣️ pic.twitter.com/cYahdEoTU68:07 PM

New York Knicks @nyknicks
All the homies love Obi dunks. pic.twitter.com/8FkEHkMDd48:07 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
And there is a technical on Julius Randle – with 55 seconds left in the half and Knicks down 15. – 8:06 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
70 point half for the Pacers. They’re rolling offensively so far and up 15 points on New York. – 8:06 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
We’re one play away from a Yuta-to-Bonga New York Times trend story. – 8:01 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
metta world peace on the knicks: “let’s get a title in the next two or three years.”
walt clyde frazier: “i agree.”
#hoopidea7:57 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Domantas Sabonis just went down hard and was surrounded by his teammates for a moment as he laid on the floor. But he’s up now and sitting on the bench, engaged. That looked painful.
Now back in the game as action resumes. – 7:55 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Also here tonight – the Indiana Fever coaching staff, including newly hired assistant coach Carlos Knox: pic.twitter.com/Kv10usI8An7:54 PM

New York Knicks @nyknicks
Still not over this dunk 🤯 pic.twitter.com/xCwlzI23qM7:53 PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
cleared for takeoff!✈️
@Myles Turner | #GoldBlooded pic.twitter.com/PAlLEb6tNQ7:46 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Pacers welcome back Antonio Davis and Metta Sandiford-Artest tonight: pic.twitter.com/PH6wIpzfmr7:46 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Metta World Peace is at Pacers game and was introduced on the Jumbotron. – 7:46 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
OBI BETWEEN THE LEGS – 7:45 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Obi Toppin just went through the legs for a dunk when he was like barely in the open court. – 7:44 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Oh my. Obi Toppin just went under his legs for a dunk. – 7:44 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Obi Toppin, hello – 7:44 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Fun first quarter from the Pacers. Duarte was electric with 14 points, Turner scored a few impressive shots off the bounce, and Brogdon dropped in a ho-hum 10 points. Pacers up 36-29 after the first frame. – 7:37 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through one quarter, the Pacers lead the Knicks 36-29.
• Randle 8 & 2
• Barrett 8 pts
• Duarte 14-2-2
• Brogdon 10 pts, 3 asts – 7:37 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Pacers lead Knicks, 36-31, at the ned of the first quarter. Randle leads the Knicks with 10 points. Duarte has 14 and Brogdon has 10 for Indiana. – 7:37 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Defense doesn’t seem to be a priority for either team tonight in Indiana. – 7:33 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Chris Duarte has 14 points in 9:40 – 5-5 from the floor, 2-2 from 3. – 7:32 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
That’s just what 🌹 does. pic.twitter.com/9gOYOKEQ467:31 PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
hit ’em with the fadeaway!
@Chris Duarte | #GoldBlooded pic.twitter.com/UnIHeipjm07:30 PM

New York Knicks @nyknicks
Everything about this sequence is just 🔥
@Julius Randle x @RjBarrett6 pic.twitter.com/jCRVGpAjUB7:27 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
10 points already for Chris Duarte, half of the Pacers points as they open a 20-16 lead in the first quarter. – 7:27 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Well, that early story about Julius Randle figuring out how to avoid turnovers and only having two the last two games… – 7:15 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Today I learned that Noel is French for Christmas. ..Which means Nerlens playing more than 60 games this season will be a Noel Miracle. – 7:15 PM
Michael Beasley @Michael8easley
COVID brought New York traffic to Miami – 7:12 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
The mood and attendance at Gainbridge Fieldhouse for Knicks vs. Pacers is about what you’d expect for a team that has lost 8-of-10, has numerous injuries and is shopping its best players. – 7:08 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Taj Gibson steps into Knicks’ starting lineup for ailing Nerlens Noel newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday7:06 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
49% of opponent 3PT attempts are attempted wide open against the Spurs’ defense.
53% of the Knicks’ 3PT attempts were attempted wide open.
Before last night, the Spurs had held 8 opponents in a row from getting over 49% of their 3PT attempts wide open. pic.twitter.com/0978Zic7g77:05 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Exploring potential Suns trades with the Pacers as Indiana looks to rebuild – https://t.co/VohizFmdjw via @PHNX_Suns pic.twitter.com/s5MlW0b4oD7:02 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Thibs is gonna be turning to Taj Gibson for emergency starts until the coastlines are underwater. – 6:38 PM
Rebecca Haarlow @RebeccaHaarlow
Per Knicks, Nerlens Noel (sore lower back) is out. Taj Gibson will start in Indiana. @MSGNetworks6:37 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
rollin’ with the same 🖐️
@MotorolaUS | #GoldBlooded pic.twitter.com/2yURe5vndc6:36 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Nerlens Noel is OUT tonight against the Pacers, Knicks say.
Taj Gibson starting. – 6:34 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Nerlens Noel is out (sore lower back). Taj Gibson will start. – 6:33 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Knicks say Nerlens Noel is out due to back issue and Taj Gibson will start vs Pacers tonight. – 6:33 PM
New York Knicks PR @NY_KnicksPR
Nerlens Noel (sore lower back) is out. Taj Gibson will start at Indiana. – 6:32 PM
Gery Woelfel @GeryWoelfel
It should be a heck of a game tonight between Wisconsin and Indiana, two 7-1 teams. Badgers favored by 4 1/2 points. I expect UW to cover. Game starts at 6 and can be seen on the Big Ten Network. – 6:32 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
welcome back to Indiana, @Metta World Peace & Antonio Davis 🏠 pic.twitter.com/gbefI4O6W26:12 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Domantas Sabonis is a two-time All-Star who’s averaging 17.8 points, 12 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals.
Now, the Pacers are reportedly open to trading him.
@NekiasNBA breaks down 5 possible landing spots for the 25-year-old big man:
basketballnews.com/stories/explor…6:12 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Noel is active and a game-time decision. Sims is active, too. Wayne Selden is inactive. – 6:08 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
Injury Report for tonight’s game vs. New York:
T.J. McConnell – Out (right wrist)
Justin Holiday – Out (health and safety protocols)
T.J. Warren – Out (left foot) pic.twitter.com/Zk9YKz29rd6:05 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
“I still believe that when a star player wants to get out of his situation and demands a trade … the Knicks will be at or near the top of the list.”
@Brian Windhorst joins The Putback to talk NYK, realistic expectations for 2021-22 & more. Full show: https://t.co/sm8An8n6BT pic.twitter.com/nde7TChpax5:56 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Montrezl Harrell isn’t a fan of Sabonis/LeVert trade packages with his name in it 👀
(Taha Kan IG) pic.twitter.com/eh5eISp5Nz5:53 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau lauds Julius Randle for making right plays newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday5:47 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Nerlens Noel is a game time decision. – 5:32 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Nerlens will warm up – if he’s good to go he will start again. – 5:31 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
📍Indy
#UltraDrip x #NewYorkForever pic.twitter.com/mvsDLdqwOD5:25 PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
“I’m grateful to be here.”
@kelan30_ and Antonio Davis join @PatBoylanPacers & @PacersJJ for a MUST-LISTEN episode of The Sideline Guys powered by @GainbridgeLife.
LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE 🎙️
https://t.co/XKmOsTMGTU pic.twitter.com/9oC1FPizTd4:34 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
From last night: RJ Barrett goes off and Julius Randle provides the type of game the Knicks need from him:
“He played a great game and scored 15 points. He played a phenomenal game, to be honest with you.”
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…4:31 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
I’m not putting Bouknight in any Myles Turner trade unless there’s something else coming back. He’s so talented, love what I’ve seen from him but just needs to adapt and learn the NBA style of play – 4:29 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
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🏀 Why the Pels need to stay away from Caris LeVert
🏀 Really go for it with Myles Turner?
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Watch on YouTube!
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Jake Madison @NOLAJake
New Locked On NBA w/ @Kamenetzky Brothers!
🏀 Lakers Big 3 gets the win over the Celtics
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🏀 Myles Turner the most impactful player traded this year?
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Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/bL8FVJkxqC pic.twitter.com/JjL9TTT3O43:15 PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
the perfect drink for tonight’s matchup 🍎 pic.twitter.com/z7E3b0dEQj3:06 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
With @SethPartnow and @Danny Leroux:
We dive deep into a potential Pacers decision to break up their current core. see tried to come up with scenarios that make sense for Turner, Sabonis and others that also might actually make sense for Indiana: theathletic.com/3004984/?sourc…2:48 PM
Trey Kerby @treykerby
Goga Bitadze, untouchable. – 2:10 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
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Sign up ➡️ https://t.co/oHTaoH7b9J pic.twitter.com/1dbwJOdU0P2:04 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
With the Pacers listening to trade offers, Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert probably aren’t realistic targets. But Torrey Craig and Justin Holiday? The Suns would do well to explore: bit.ly/3lI1Q9h2:03 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Podcast: A look at trade scenarios for Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, Pacers trio Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and Caris LeVert. Plus, two new candidates to keep an eye on for Portland’s general manager job with colleague @Yossi Gozlan on @Jorge Sierra. hoopshype.com/lists/podcast-…2:01 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Worth noting following a report from The Athletic stating Indiana is pivoting to a rebuild: Knicks and Pacers touched base prior to 2021-22 season and Myles Turner was discussed: on.sny.tv/bWIrpxn1:57 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
The Pacers are reportedly inching towards a rebuild. A look at who on their roster would fit the Wizards and why those types of questions are more interesting now than before. nbcsports.com/washington/wiz…1:22 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Inspired by yesterday’s reporting, @SethPartnow, @Sam Vecenie and I went in-depth on the Pacers: sell-off vs. keeping it together, trade concepts and much more @The Athletic: theathletic.com/3004984/2021/1…1:13 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
from above 🏙️
#WallpaperWednesday pic.twitter.com/xQQSCKaOkJ1:01 PM

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