New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Postgame Grades and Analysis for NYC

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New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Postgame Grades and Analysis for NYC
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The New York Knicks took on the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday night, and this one was over early. The Knicks trailed for the entire game and fell 125-91.

Mike Woodson's squad looked like it was taking an extended All-Star break. The Knicks were sluggish on offense and lackluster on D as the Pacers romped through the first two quarters for a 74-44 halftime lead.

The Pacers scored 44 points in the second quarter. The Knicks scored that through the first and second quarters.

Indiana averages the fifth fewest possessions per game in the NBA (per ESPN), but they came out running against the Knicks, exposing New York's problems on transition defense.

By halftime, the Pacers had 14 fast-break points. They hit on 22 of their 37 field goals (59.5 percent), including 7-of-13 from three-point range. The Knicks, meanwhile, were 14-of-43 (32.6 percent) and 1-of-15 from beyond the arc.

Paul George led the charge for Indiana with 20 first-half points, including a pair of emphatic dunks, and Indiana continued to run rings around New York in the second half. At one point in the fourth quarter, MSG announcer Walt Frazier exclaimed about the Pacers to his broadcast partner, Spero Dedes, "I've never seen so many dunks!"

Dedes responded by saying, "It's like a layup line."

That was basically the story of the game.

The Pacers have built up a tremendous home-court advantage, entering the contest at 21-5. They're 22-5 now after blowing the Knicks' doors off.

New York came into the game with a 32-18 record, putting them four games behind the Miami Heat and in second place. But with their victory, the Pacers closed to just half a game behind the Knicks.

So how on earth do we grade this massacre?  I will try. 

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