The New York Knicks managed one win on their six-game road trip, which is one more than they posted in their last six home games. The Knicks will try to win at Madison Square Garden for the first time since Dec. 1 when the host the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
New York snapped an eight-game slide with a 119-112 win at the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday but dropped the final two stops of the six-game West Coast trip and lost 15 of the last 17 games overall. "We've got a long way to go," Knicks coach David Fizdale told reporters after finishing the road trip with a 122-95 loss at Golden State on Tuesday. "We've got a lot of work to do. We've got to learn to play complete games. Hopefully, over the second half of the season, which I expect us to continue to get better. I expect the second half for the young guys to be a little more familiar and hopefully we're going to get a little more trust between us." The Pacers are coming to the end of a five-game road trip and fell to 2-2 on the excursion after getting blasted 135-108 by the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. "It just looked like we were gassed tonight," Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters. "We didn't win a quarter. We knew they would come out fast, and they did. Came out very aggressive, attacking us. We weren't able to establish anything defensively against this group."
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Indiana LINE: Pacers -9
ABOUT THE PACERS (27-14): Indiana knocked off sub-500 foes Chicago and Cleveland on the trip but fell to East contenders Toronto and Boston, and the latest loss did not sit well with star guard Victor Oladipo. "They just beat us in every category today," Oladipo told reporters. "Everything you can imagine, they beat us in, so. Got to go back to the drawing board. One of those games where they do what they need to do. They came in and dominated us. Credit them. They played well." Oladipo scored 36 points at Chicago to begin the trip but was held to 17 or fewer in each of the last three contests.
ABOUT THE KNICKS (10-31): New York is in full rebuilding mode and is shuffling veterans to the end of the rotation, opening up more minutes for rookies like small forward Kevin Knox. The 19-year-old Kentucky product shot 33.3 percent from the floor on the road trip but drew praise from Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. "I got a chance to watch a lot of the young guys in the league so far and he's one of the guys having a good year," Durant told reporters of Knox. "He was injured at the start of the season and he's coming back. Coach put him in the starting lineup and (he is) playing some great minutes. He's really starting to get a feel for the game. He has a bright future ahead of him."
1. The Knicks are reportedly fielding trade offers for veteran C Enes Kanter, with the Sacramento Kings emerging as a possibility.
2. Pacers C Myles Turner (shoulder) sat out the last three games and is day-to-day.
3. Indiana took the first two meetings this season, including a 107-101 victory at New York on Oct. 31.
PREDICTION: Pacers 121, Knicks 106 Bet Now
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