Shorthanded Knicks left in the dust

06 December 2017 05:18:21 GMTPlus11

The New York Knicks were without their two best players and the Indiana Pacers took full advantage on Monday evening, as the hosts defeated the visitors 115-97 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Pacers held New York to only 19 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Leading the way for the Pacers was Thaddeus Young, as the 29-year old veteran small forward finished the game with a game high 20 points while pulling down six rebounds and passing out an assist.

Indiana got a strong showing off the bench from Domantas Sabonis, with the 21-year old center from Portland, Oregon scoring 12 points while grabbing 12 rebounds for a double-double for the game. Sabonis was one of the pieces from Oklahoma City Thunder in the Paul George trade, with the second year player putting up decent numbers under the radar during his opening campaign.

New York was without Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis for the game leaving the rebuilding roster without much to work with.

Hardaway Jr. should be out longer, with the main summer free agent signing dealing with a leg injury, while Porzingis is dealing with a combo of ankle and illness issues. The Knicks scored 32 points in the fourth quarter to get the rout to within respectable numbers, but this was one-way traffic however you looked at it.

New York will welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday while the Pacers are also back on the court as they entertain the Chicago Bulls.

The Thunder are 5000.00 to win the NBA Championship and the Golden State Warriors are priced at 1.52.

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