24-year-old rookie Chris Duarte commanded the Indiana Pacers offense to beat the New York Knicks 102-122 in their fiefdom.
Duarte had 14 of his 23 points in the first quarter alone; to which he added 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 9 of 11 in shooting from the field, including a perfect 2 of 2 in triples.
“We have to win over our fans and get more people to come to see us. That’s very important to us, “acknowledged local coach Rick Carlisle.
The Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis is the pavilion with the worst average attendance next to the Detroit Pistons with 13,137 fans per game. And last night they enjoyed a comfortable win, prevailing in the first three quarters to reach the last with a wide 96-76 advantage.
Myles Turner, involved in numerous transfer rumors, including with the Knicks in the lead; he seconded the offense with 22 points and 8/13 on the pitch.
My name is on a different handover rumor every day. It’s just part of this business, ”Turner acknowledged.
It should be remembered that recently the Indiana management declared all its main players transferable, such as Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert, Malcolm Brogdon and the aforementioned Turner.
For their part, the Knicks fell into the back to back after regaining sensations away from home against the San Antonio Spurs. The guard RJ Barrett was the maximum exponent of the New Yorkers with 19 points; followed by Julius Randle with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
“It is frustrating, but we have to keep moving forward. It’s just our concentration. Everyone seemed exhausted. We have to be tougher mentally, ”Randle explained.
Tom Thibodeau and his pupils have no more excuses with a practically non-existent defense throughout the game, allowing the Pacers a 53% accuracy, and reaching the last period 20 points down on the scoreboard.
On the next day the Knickerbockers They continue with their tour away from home and will visit the Toronto Raptors pavilion. For their part, the Pacers host Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
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