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Sabonis sharp again at MSG, Pacers beat Knicks 121-106

NEW YORK (AP) Beaten badly in Boston, the Indiana Pacers shifted their energy to finishing their road trip with a winning record.

It helped that it ended in a building where Domantas Sabonis barely misses.

Sabonis had 22 points and 15 rebounds to cap his sizzling season at Madison Square Garden, and Indiana bounced back from its worst performance of 2018-19 by beating the New York Knicks 121-106 on Friday night.

Victor Oladipo added 19 points for the Pacers, who finished 3-2 on their longest trip of the season. They yielded season highs of 135 points and 56.8 percent shooting in their 27-point loss in Boston, and spent two days talking about finishing strong.

''Even though we were 2-2 we felt like we hadn't played our best basketball,'' Oladipo said, ''and I think we came out today with a chip on our shoulder and we did a great job of using that intensity and that edge and going out there and playing with that chip.''

And with energy and anger. Oladipo threw down a dunk over Mario Hezonja, and Sabonis and Bojan Bogdanovic both had powerful slams in the first half.

Sabonis shot 9 for 14 from the field to finish 21 of 26 this season in two games in New York. Playing as a reserve, he made all 12 shots and tied his career high with 30 points when the Pacers won here on Halloween.

Starting this time with Myles Turner out of the lineup, he led six players in double figures as Indiana shot 52 percent. He couldn't explain why he is so good in New York.

''I treat every game the same way,'' he said. ''Come out, my teammates do a great job of finding me and I just try to do my job.''

Bogdanovic had 15 points.

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 21 points for the Knicks, back from a lengthy, six-game road trip and playing their first game at Madison Square Garden since Christmas. They lost their seventh straight at home.

''It felt good to play here,'' rookie Kevin Knox said. ''Not the result we wanted, but it felt good to finally be back at Madison Square Garden.''

New York battled back from 13 down to take the lead on Tim Hardaway Jr.'s second straight 3-pointer, but with the game tied, Indiana scored the final 12 points, with Oladipo hitting consecutive 3-pointers, to make it 64-52 at halftime.

Bogdanovic then opened and closed a 16-7 spurt out of the locker room with 3-pointers to open an 80-59 cushion.

Hardaway played just a minute of the fourth quarter before leaving for good because he was cramping. He said he expected to be fine.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Turner has a sore right shoulder. ... The Pacers have won the last five meetings.

Knicks: New York played without Enes Kanter (illness), Frank Ntilikina (sprained left ankle) and Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle). ... Knox was presented with the Eastern Conference rookie of the month award for December before the game. ... The Knicks celebrated Croatian heritage night. Hezonja and Bogdanovic are Croatian, with Bogdanovic the leading scorer in the 2016 Olympics with 25.3 points per game.

PORZINGIS PROGRESS

Knicks coach David Fizdale said the team is leaning toward leaving Kristaps Porzingis home next week when the Knicks travel to London to play Washington, believing that is better for the All-Star forward's rehabilitation from his torn ACL than traveling. Fizdale said he spoke Friday with Porzingis, who is scheduled to be re-evaluated in about a month. He said Porzingis' spirits were positive.

''Obviously he misses playing, that part has been hard,'' Fizdale said, ''but he's starting to get stronger, so he's feeling better. And he seems to be in a really good place.''

STOMACH SICKNESS?

Kanter posted a video of his "cheat day" meal on Wednesday, with seven burgers and a plate of fries on the table in front of him. He then missed practice Thursday and the game Friday because of illness, leading to speculation that he had ate himself sick. But Fizdale thought there was no way Kanter actually ate all that food.

''The guy walks around with his shirt off all day in the locker room. There's no way he's stuffing seven burgers down his face. I just don't see that,'' Fizdale said. ''I think sometimes people take the `gram too seriously.''

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday.

Knicks: Host Philadelphia on Sunday.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
T. Hardaway Jr.
3 G
33.0 Min. Per Game 33.0
20.0 Pts. Per Game 20.0
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
43.8 Field Goal % 39.2
43.5 Three Point % 39.1
72.9 Free Throw % 85.6
+ 3 Aaron Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 0:08
  Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Knox 0:28
  NY team rebound 0:34
+ 1 Mario Hezonja made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:56
  Mario Hezonja missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:56
  Shooting foul on TJ Leaf 0:56
+ 2 Kevin Knox made driving layup, assist by Allonzo Trier 1:05
  Offensive rebound by Mario Hezonja 1:16
  Kevin Knox missed jump shot 1:18
  Defensive rebound by Trey Burke 1:26
  Aaron Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:31
Team Stats
Points 121 106
Field Goals 49-94 (52.1%) 39-88 (44.3%)
3-Pointers 12-26 (46.2%) 14-39 (35.9%)
Free Throws 11-11 (100.0%) 14-16 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 50 46
Offensive 11 8
Defensive 36 29
Team 3 9
Assists 30 22
Steals 8 8
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 14 16
Fouls 15 18
Technicals 1 0
22 PTS, 15 REB, 3 AST
15 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pacers 28-14 31333225121
home team logo Knicks 10-32 22303024106
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 28-14 91.8 PPG 40.3 RPG 20.8 APG
home team logo Knicks 10-32 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Sabonis PF 8.5 PPG 7.3 RPG 4.0 APG 41.4 FG%
E. Mudiay PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Sabonis PF 22 PTS 15 REB 3 AST
E. Mudiay PG 21 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
52.1 FG% 44.3
46.2 3PT FG% 35.9
100.0 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Sabonis 22 15 3 9/14 0/0 4/4 2 31 0 0 0 4 11 +14 43
V. Oladipo 19 4 6 8/13 3/5 0/0 0 28 1 0 5 1 3 +17 31
B. Bogdanovic 15 2 1 5/12 3/5 2/2 2 25 1 0 1 0 2 +12 19
T. Young 13 6 3 6/14 1/2 0/0 1 30 4 0 0 3 3 +14 29
D. Collison 7 5 10 3/7 0/3 1/1 0 26 1 1 1 1 4 +13 33
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Sabonis 22 15 3 9/14 0/0 4/4 2 31 0 0 0 4 11 +14 43
V. Oladipo 19 4 6 8/13 3/5 0/0 0 28 1 0 5 1 3 +17 31
B. Bogdanovic 15 2 1 5/12 3/5 2/2 2 25 1 0 1 0 2 +12 19
T. Young 13 6 3 6/14 1/2 0/0 1 30 4 0 0 3 3 +14 29
D. Collison 7 5 10 3/7 0/3 1/1 0 26 1 1 1 1 4 +13 33
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Evans 12 6 1 4/12 2/5 2/2 0 19 1 0 2 0 6 +5 19
D. McDermott 12 0 0 4/7 2/3 2/2 0 18 0 0 1 0 0 -2 11
C. Joseph 6 1 3 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 21 0 0 1 0 1 +3 12
K. O'Quinn 6 4 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 4 14 0 0 2 0 4 +4 10
T. Leaf 6 4 2 3/4 0/1 0/0 4 16 0 0 1 2 2 +4 13
A. Holiday 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 -3 3
E. Sumner 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
A. Johnson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 121 47 30 49/94 12/26 11/11 15 234 8 1 14 11 36 +75 223
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Mudiay 21 2 3 8/18 3/7 2/2 1 28 0 1 4 1 1 -18 26
K. Knox 14 2 2 5/10 2/5 2/2 0 27 0 0 3 0 2 -11 17
T. Hardaway Jr. 12 6 2 4/11 2/6 2/3 2 28 1 0 0 1 5 -10 23
N. Vonleh 12 3 0 5/6 2/3 0/0 5 19 2 1 4 1 2 -13 14
L. Kornet 3 3 3 1/7 1/6 0/0 2 20 0 1 2 0 3 -24 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Mudiay 21 2 3 8/18 3/7 2/2 1 28 0 1 4 1 1 -18 26
K. Knox 14 2 2 5/10 2/5 2/2 0 27 0 0 3 0 2 -11 17
T. Hardaway Jr. 12 6 2 4/11 2/6 2/3 2 28 1 0 0 1 5 -10 23
N. Vonleh 12 3 0 5/6 2/3 0/0 5 19 2 1 4 1 2 -13 14
L. Kornet 3 3 3 1/7 1/6 0/0 2 20 0 1 2 0 3 -24 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Dotson 15 6 4 4/7 3/5 4/4 1 27 0 0 1 1 5 -4 28
T. Burke 12 1 3 5/12 0/2 2/2 1 25 0 0 0 0 1 +2 19
M. Hezonja 10 6 2 4/12 1/4 1/2 3 30 5 1 1 2 4 -3 25
A. Trier 5 1 2 2/2 0/0 1/1 2 16 0 1 1 0 1 -3 10
L. Thomas 2 7 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 2 5 +9 11
C. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Kanter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ntilikina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 37 22 39/88 14/39 14/16 18 235 8 5 16 8 29 -75 184