This one gave me flashbacks to the 90s. Both teams started inside and let their big men explore the lost art of the post move. Michael Beasley and Kyle O'Quinn combined to set a screen that would make Anthony Mason and Charles Oakley proud. The Knicks made a furious comeback behind great performances all around and ultimately walked away with the victory. After a tight battle between two young, up-and-coming teams, it may not be an exaggeration to say this could be the start of a rekindled rivalry.
This should be renamed the Porzingis Award because it takes effort not to give it to KP every night. There was no way that it could have been anyone else tonight as KP did it all on both ends with 40 points (including 15 straight to spur the comeback), 6 blocks, and 8 rebounds. Oh by the way KP hit a free-throw to give the Knicks their first lead of the second-half on his way to fulfilling his Suns post-game promise for a 40 point game.
Enes Kanter Shooting
There's really no bad tonight but when the ultra efficient Enes Kanter is anything but, it deserves a mention. Kanter has been scoring at a ridiculous clip all season but tonight was just not his night shooting the ball. He got plenty of touches near the rim but was just unable to consistently finish. It's remarkable that a 4/10 shooting night caught my attention (especially when he finished with 18 boards), but that goes to show you how well he's been playing.
-The Pacers started out hot from 3 but finished just 6/23 (26.1%)
-Coach Jeff Hornacek chose to stay with rookie Frank Ntilikina down the stretch over starter Jarrett Jack. Ntilikkina rewarded his coach with great defense and two HUGE 3 pointers.
-Lance Thomas also saw his first serious action down the stretch. While he had only 1 rebound and scored only four points, all four points were huge (a double clutch dunk to energize the crowd and a pair of free throws to put the Knicks out of reach). Thomas finished with a game high +23 plus/minus.
The Knicks wrap up their 5 game home-stand on Tuesday night against the Kemba Walker led Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte is a surprising 5-4 (and are currently down against the Timberwolves) and Kemba Walker has garnered a lot of attention for his impressive start. Knicks fans will get their first chance to see Malik Monk, who was rumored to be on the Knicks short list in the 2017 NBA Draft before being passed over for Frank Ntilikina.