New York started the season 6-0 and suffered their first loss against Memphis on Friday so many wondered how they'd bounce back after their first loss. At 7-1, they are a half-game behind Memphis (8-1) for the best record in the NBA.
'SHEED'S SHOW:Rasheed Wallace sparked the Knicks off the bench with nine straight points spanning the third and fourth quarters, including an emphatic tomahawk dunk off of a pick-and-roll feed from reserve Pablo Prigioni.
Wallace, who is Mike Woodson's favorite front line player off the bench, also pulled down seven rebounds and a block in 17 minutes.
Wallace has moved ahead of Marcus Camby on the Knicks' rotation. After sitting for two games, Camby played on Sunday, grabbing four rebounds and blocking a shot in 11 minutes.
UGLY OFFENSE: The Knicks shot just 36 percent from the floor, hitting only 28 percent of their 3-point attempts. Indiana shot 39 percent from the floor. The Knicks, however, turned it over just eight times.
KIDD SUFFERS GASH:Jason Kidd needed seven stitches to close a gash on the side of his head that opened in the first quarter.
It appeared that Lance Stephenson's tooth hit the side of Kidd's head as Stephenson challenged a shot, resulting in a sizeable cut.
Kidd initially wore a headband to cover the blood and returned to the court to shoot three free-throws. He then left the court to receive the stitches.
The 39-year-old returned to the floor in the second quarter, wearing the headband over the gash. He finished with three points, two assists and a turnover in 23 minutes.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks have a day off, then travel to New Orleans to begin a back-to-back against Anthony Davis and the Hornets. They'll complete the back-to-back against Dallas on Wednesday. The Knicks beat the Mavs, minus Dirk Nowitzki, on Nov. 9 at Madison Square Garden. The biggest game of the week, however, comes Friday when the Knicks travel to Houston to face ex-Knick Jeremy Lin for the first time.