The New York Knicks found themselves in a familiar place early in the fourth quarter — having blown a double-digit lead and now trailing the Indiana Pacers by a bucket. Game over, right?
Not so fast.
Instead of folding as they have so often, the Knicks battled back in the fourth to snatch victory from the hated Pacers, 92-85.
Marcus Morris led the way for New York with 28 points, including the dagger with 20 seconds remaining.
Marcus Morris dagger ️ ️ ️ pic.twitter.com/WrVaX59ieB— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) February 2, 2020
Bobby Portis played way too many minutes and didn’t shoot well (2-6 for 5 points), but did get a clutch block (???).
Portis with the swat??!!— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) February 2, 2020
This man is a defensive menace, pay up @nba pic.twitter.com/fRMxz66Wjy
Dennis Smith Jr. got the start, but didn’t quiiiite finish, as veteran backup Kadeem Allen took over the last few minutes. DSJ didn’t shoot the ball well either (2-9 for 6 points), but he did chip in 6 assists against only 2 turnovers.
Here is video proof that Dennis can, in fact, hit a jumper. Progress!
Wish DSJ had the confidence to pop a 3 here, but progress is progress pic.twitter.com/uTbuzpLrvz— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) February 2, 2020
All in all, it was a nice effort, particularly on defense. Mitchell Robinson didn’t play as much as he should have, and Kevin Knox was terrible, but Dennis showed promise. And maybe some other club saw the vets play well and caught a case of trade fever. I’ll never argue with beating the Pacers; screw the Pacers forever.
Recap to come.