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Turner, Oladipo lead Pacers over Knicks for 7th straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo is getting close.

Oladipo had his best outing since returning from a nagging right knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for 11 games, scoring 26 points Sunday as the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 110-99 for their seventh straight victory.

The winner of the Most Improved Player award last season added eight rebounds, seven assists and a season-high five steals. The All-Star guard said he is nearly feeling 100 percent.

''I'm almost there,'' Oladipo said. ''I'm still trying to get my legs back under me. But I'm almost there.''

Myles Turner added 24 points, six rebounds and two blocks. He also halted the Knicks' momentum on a fast break in the fourth quarter, sprinting across the court to disrupt Emmanuel Mudiay's layup attempt that would have cut the Pacers' lead to four points late in the game.

The Pacers say plays like that symbolize their defensive focus.

''That's just our makeup. It's just something that's embedded in our heads. We know we have to be in our spots (on defense) to help our teammates,'' Darren Collison said. ''We're just caring about one another. Everybody's making the right plays, and really, it comes down to our defense. When we play defense the way we have been, we can do whatever we want on the offensive end.''

Enes Kanter finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points and Mudiay finished with 18.

The Pacers led by as many as 10 in the first half, but only led 56-53 at halftime.

It was tied at 81 with about 9 minutes remaining before Indiana scored seven straight points for an 88-81 lead. New York made a late run but the Pacers held on to improve to 20-10.

''We just stepped up our energy,'' Turner said. ''A team like (New York) tries to slow you down. We just had to create our own energy.''

The Pacers led by as many as 10 in the first half, but only led 56-53 at halftime. It was tied at 81 with about 9 minutes remaining before Indiana scored seven straight points for an 88-81 lead. New York made a late run but the Pacers held on to improve to 20-10.

Enes Kanter finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points and Mudiay finished with 18.

''I feel like we competed,'' Mudiay said. ''(We) definitely showed a lot more effort. The main thing was getting us a chance in the first quarter, and that's what we went out there wanting to do, so we gave ourselves a chance. But it didn't come out the way we wanted.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: Kanter had his 20th double-double of the season. . Mudiay has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 16 games . New York fell to 5-12 on the road.

Pacers: Lead the season series against New York 2-0. . The Pacers became the fourth team to reach the 20-win mark on the season. . Indiana moved within percentage points of Milwaukee for second place in the Eastern Conference standings . Indiana is 14-3 against conference opponents.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Phoenix on Monday.

Pacers: Host Cleveland on Tuesday.

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Key Players
E. Kanter
00 C
V. Oladipo
4 SG
32.1 Min. Per Game 32.1
20.5 Pts. Per Game 20.5
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
6.5 Reb. Per Game 6.5
55.9 Field Goal % 43.8
55.8 Three Point % 43.9
83.0 Free Throw % 73.8
  Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph 0:14
  Noah Vonleh missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:22
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:22
  Personal foul on Frank Ntilikina 0:22
+ 2 Emmanuel Mudiay made finger-roll layup 0:23
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:28
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:28
  Personal foul on Emmanuel Mudiay 0:28
+ 2 Tim Hardaway Jr. made jump shot 0:30
  Offensive rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr. 0:31
Team Stats
Points 99 110
Field Goals 37-89 (41.6%) 40-87 (46.0%)
3-Pointers 10-32 (31.3%) 12-34 (35.3%)
Free Throws 15-22 (68.2%) 18-23 (78.3%)
Total Rebounds 57 54
Offensive 13 11
Defensive 31 34
Team 13 9
Assists 21 28
Steals 7 9
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 15 REB
26 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Knicks 9-22 2627202699
home team logo Pacers 20-10 28282331110
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 9-22 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 20-10 91.8 PPG 40.3 RPG 20.8 APG
Key Players
E. Kanter C PPG RPG APG FG%
V. Oladipo SG 18.8 PPG 5.6 RPG 5.2 APG 42.3 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Kanter C 20 PTS 15 REB 0 AST
V. Oladipo SG 26 PTS 8 REB 7 AST
41.6 FG% 46.0
31.3 3PT FG% 35.3
68.2 FT% 78.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Kanter 20 15 0 7/11 1/1 5/5 3 35 0 0 5 5 10 -6 30
T. Hardaway Jr. 19 2 3 8/18 1/5 2/3 2 35 2 1 3 1 1 -9 27
E. Mudiay 18 1 6 5/11 1/3 7/10 3 30 1 0 2 0 1 -2 30
K. Knox 15 4 1 6/15 3/9 0/2 3 35 2 0 3 1 3 -5 20
N. Vonleh 7 12 3 3/10 1/5 0/0 0 31 1 0 0 5 7 -4 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Kanter 20 15 0 7/11 1/1 5/5 3 35 0 0 5 5 10 -6 30
T. Hardaway Jr. 19 2 3 8/18 1/5 2/3 2 35 2 1 3 1 1 -9 27
E. Mudiay 18 1 6 5/11 1/3 7/10 3 30 1 0 2 0 1 -2 30
K. Knox 15 4 1 6/15 3/9 0/2 3 35 2 0 3 1 3 -5 20
N. Vonleh 7 12 3 3/10 1/5 0/0 0 31 1 0 0 5 7 -4 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Lee 7 1 1 3/6 1/2 0/0 3 18 0 0 1 1 0 -12 9
L. Kornet 5 3 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 0 3 +2 8
T. Burke 3 4 3 1/7 1/2 0/0 0 12 1 0 0 0 4 -2 14
F. Ntilikina 3 2 4 1/4 0/2 1/2 2 18 0 0 1 0 2 -11 12
M. Hezonja 2 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 0 0 -6 2
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Trier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 44 21 37/89 10/32 15/22 19 236 7 1 15 13 31 -55 178
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
V. Oladipo 26 8 7 7/13 5/8 7/8 2 35 5 0 4 0 8 +7 49
M. Turner 24 6 1 10/19 1/4 3/4 2 34 0 2 2 2 4 +5 32
B. Bogdanovic 12 4 3 4/12 1/5 3/3 0 34 1 0 3 1 3 +13 20
T. Young 10 6 2 5/9 0/0 0/1 1 32 1 1 0 2 4 +1 22
D. Collison 3 3 5 1/2 1/2 0/0 5 16 0 0 1 0 3 -7 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
V. Oladipo 26 8 7 7/13 5/8 7/8 2 35 5 0 4 0 8 +7 49
M. Turner 24 6 1 10/19 1/4 3/4 2 34 0 2 2 2 4 +5 32
B. Bogdanovic 12 4 3 4/12 1/5 3/3 0 34 1 0 3 1 3 +13 20
T. Young 10 6 2 5/9 0/0 0/1 1 32 1 1 0 2 4 +1 22
D. Collison 3 3 5 1/2 1/2 0/0 5 16 0 0 1 0 3 -7 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Sabonis 13 12 4 6/10 0/0 1/2 4 21 1 0 2 5 7 +11 32
D. McDermott 9 0 1 3/6 3/5 0/0 1 21 0 1 1 0 0 +4 11
A. Holiday 7 1 0 2/8 0/6 3/3 1 13 0 0 0 0 1 +9 8
C. Joseph 6 5 5 2/8 1/4 1/2 2 29 1 0 0 1 4 +12 22
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. O'Quinn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 45 28 40/87 12/34 18/23 18 235 9 4 13 11 34 +55 211