Rapid Reaction: Pacers 125, Knicks 91
February, 20, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Maybe someone should tell the New York Knicks that the All-Star break is over.
New York was embarrassed on both ends of the floor in their first game after the break, falling 125-91 to the Indiana Pacers in their most lopsided loss of the season.
The Knicks never led in the game. They trailed by 30 points on several occasions, and by as many as 39. They also never truly made a run -- a bad sign for a team that hopes to contend for the Eastern Conference crown.
The Knicks are in second place in the East, a half-game ahead of the Pacers and one game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets. They have lost four of five.
INDEFENSIBLE: The Knicks talked again and again about making defense a top priority in the second half. Maybe they meant they’d start playing it in the second game after the break.
The Knicks were smacked by the Pacers on Wednesday. Indiana shot 60 percent in the first half, establishing a 30-point lead at the end of the half.
Indiana finished 11-for-24 from beyond the arc. Paul George led the Pacers with 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting. David West had 18 and Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson had 14.
Indiana had 26 fast-break points. The Knicks had just 12.
OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR: The Knicks offense equally was awful on Wednesday.
Mike Woodson had implored New York to move the ball more entering the second half. That didn’t really happen against Indy.
New York shot 34 percent and had just 17 assists on 29 makes.
They opened the game 1-for-15 from beyond the arc and finished 5-for-28. Ugly.
Outside of Tyson Chandler (19 points, 11 rebounds), no one had any success shooting the ball. Carmelo Anthony missed 14 of 21 shots and finished with 15 points. Amar'e Stoudemire went 1-for-5 with seven points in 22 foul-plagued minutes.
Jason Kidd finished scoreless for the second straight game, missing all three shots in 17 minutes.
SHUMP STRUGGLES: You’d expect Iman Shumpert to struggle early on after missing eight months after ACL surgery. But at what point should he start to look more like himself?
Shumpert had a tough night against Indy, going 1-for-7 for four points in 25 minutes.
J.R. TOSSED: J.R. Smith was ejected in the second half after getting whistled for his second technical. He and Stephenson were tangled up at the end of the first half and had to be separated. Both players received technicals. Smith received his first technical in the second half after punching the ball in anger.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Knicks will practice Thursday in advance of the NBA's 3 p.m. trade deadline. They will take on the Raptors in Toronto on Friday.
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