In his last game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse before the NBA All-Star Break, Victor Oladipo was presented with his All-Star Jersey by Pacers Owner Herb Simon Prior to Sunday’s game. Not only was Oladipo the star before the game, he was the star of the game helping Indiana beat the New York Knicks 121-113.
Victor Oladipo certainly didn’t disappoint with a team-high 30 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals, and 1 block in what might have been his best game this season. We know Oladipo has had some good ones with over 40 points, but he nearly put up a triple-double and was only the 7th player ever documented with those numbers in a single game. That’s how good this performance was.
Bojan Bogdanovic would add 20 points, Thaddeus Young chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Lance Stephenson contributed 15 points. Domantas Sabonis finished with 6 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite a win, the Knicks would get off to a better start in the first quarter with a 7-2 stretch over the first two minutes. Indiana would have a great response taking an 8-7 lead a minute and a half later into the quarter. After that, it would pretty much be a New York lead for the rest of the way with the Pacers tying the game with 46.2 seconds left before the second quarter after a 7-2 scoring run. New York led Indiana 37-36 after one quarter of play.
The Pacers would start to take control of the game in the second quarter, where their defense played much better holding the Knicks to just 25-points. After a couple quick makes from the Knicks over the first two minutes, Indiana would get the lead back with a 12-2 stretch until the 5:45 mark and held an 8-point advantage. A few scoring stretches from each side would send the Pacers into the break with a 68-62 lead after outscoring New York 32-25 in the second quarter of play.
The third quarter once again went in the Pacers favor who continued to build on their lead. A Myles Turner layup on the first possession would start a 14-4 scoring run which gave Indiana a 17-point lead with about eight minutes to go in the third quarter. Despite the Knicks pretty much controlling the scoring after that, Indiana ended up outscoring the Knicks 26-22 in the third quarter of play.
The Pacers utilized another strong quarter in the most important one, the fourth and final twelve minutes. They hit their first three shots in a quarter where they would hold control all throughout. 29 points from New York were not enough to overcome the Pacers 27 points to help Indiana win the game.
Not a surprise, but the Pacers had a really nice shooting touch on Sunday night which obviously helped them win. Indiana shot 47-94 (50.0%) from the field, 12-28 (42.9%) from three, and 15-22 (68.2%) from the free throw line. In addition, they also won the rebounding battle with 54 total rebounds while New York only had 45. Indiana and New York would split the ball movement battle down the middle, with 27 assists from each side. Finally, for the defensive playmaking, the Pacers were also superior with 7 steals and 5 blocks.
With the win, the Pacers improve to 32-25 this season and 20-11 at home. This is their second-to-last game before the All-Star break with a road game against Brooklyn coming up this Wednesday at 7:30 PM Eastern. Then after that, they will have 9 days off before their next game.