The Knicks carried a 66-61 lead into halftime, but the mood soured at the break when it was announced that rookie Immanuel Quickley would miss the remainder of the game after suffering a hip pointer.
Quickley took over for ineffective starting PG Elfrid Payton early and provided a spark once again for the Knicks. Once Quickley left the game, it was all downhill from there. Elf was virtually unplayable, and the Knicks’ offensive stalled big-time.
The biggest saving grace throughout was the strong play of RJ Barrett. The second-year man looked like an All-Star in the first half, dropping 20 points on a perfect 8-8 shooting. He would only finish 11-15 for 26 points, however — as if that’s bad — to go along with 8 rebounds, 5 assists and just 1 turnover.
Obi Toppin had a weird night, finishing 3-12 from the field — though a very nice 3-7 from beyond the arc — and threw an absolute dime to RJ.
Julius Randle played a tremendous first half of team basketball, but mostly reverted to his usual bullshit as the Pacers pulled away.
Alex will have the recap. Have a good weekend.