National Basketball Association
Indiana 106, New York 98
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, February 21, 2020
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials: #48 Scott Foster, #72 JT Orr, #70 Phenizee Ransom
Attendance: 19812

T.J. Warren scored 27 points as the visiting Indiana Pacers overcame a sluggish start and shaky finish to record a 106-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

The Pacers beat the Knicks for the eighth time in the past nine meetings by outscoring New York 65-45 in the second and third quarters. Indiana shot 53 percent (25 of 48) in those quarters after being held to 15 points in the game's first 12 minutes. Indiana then survived going the final 5:12 without a basket and withstood missing 15 of 20 shots in the fourth.

Domantas Sabonis posted his 42nd double-double (24 points, 13 rebounds) for the Pacers, who shot 41 percent overall and won their second straight game following a season-high six-game losing streak. Reserve Doug McDermott added 14 points, Malcolm Brogdon contributed 11. Victor Oladipo finished with eight points in little more than 25 minutes before exiting with back soreness.

Bobby Portis scored 19 points to lead the Knicks, who lost their third straight game and could not rally from a 22-point deficit. Rookie RJ Barrett added 17 points and Frank Ntilikina contributed 14 but leading scorer Julius Randle was held to seven points as New York shot 43.2 percent.

Warren shot 10 of 21 overall and scored 18 of his points in the second and third quarters. He had 11 points in the third when the Pacers surged ahead for good after taking a 51-44 halftime lead. Warren gave the Pacers a 63-46 lead with 8:20 remaining by easily converting a layup after stripping the ball from Reggie Bullock near the 3-point line.

Indiana took a 74-52 lead on Oladipo's free throw with 3:45 remaining and carried an 80-65 lead into the fourth. The Pacers then withstood a comeback attempt by New York, which was within 97-91 on a free throw by Barrett with 1:53 left and 98-94 on a 3-pointer by Damyean Dotson with 23.6 seconds left.

The Pacers finished it off by hitting eight free throws in the final 21 seconds and survived missing their final six shots.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Indiana   New York
T.J. Warren 27 Scoring Bobby Portis 19
Malcolm Brogdon 6 Assists Dennis Smith Jr. 6
Domantas Sabonis 13 Rebounds Mitchell Robinson 8
Domantas Sabonis 8 Free Throws Made Bobby Portis 4
Jeremy Lamb 2 Steals Frank Ntilikina 2
Justin Holiday 2 Blocks Mitchell Robinson 4
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Indiana 106 40.9 8-28 26-33 20 50 5 7 11
New York 98 43.2 11-25 17-25 21 40 7 7 15
Upcoming Games
  • New York will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Knicks have a W/L % of .353 after a win and .282 after a loss.
  • Indiana will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Pacers have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .542 after a loss.