3 biggest takeaways from the Pacers’ preseason win over the Knicks

Bennedict Mathurin, RJ Barrett - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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After dropping their first game against the New York Knicks, the Indiana Pacers managed to draw second blood and turned in a thrilling comeback performance, winning at home, 109-100, to get back into the winning column as the regular season inches closer.

The Knicks led by as many as 12 points during the early stages of the second quarter, but the Pacers slowly closed in on the gap, trimming the deficit to just two heading into the final frame, where the hosts outscored the visitors by 11 in large part due to a 25-6 run in the period which effectively cemented the dub for the Blue and Gold.

The Indiana Pacers exact revenge on the New York Knicks to notch their second preseason win

Rookies Bennedict Mathurin (27 points) and Andrew Nembhard (15 markers and nine assists) led the way for Indiana, while RJ Barrett paced New York in scoring with 21. Following a disappointing defensive performance in the Big Apple, the Pacers managed to limit the Knicks to just 37.1 shooting overall.

Both teams struggled from rainbow country, with Indiana converting on just nine out of 30 attempts and New York draining only 11 out of 41 tries, but the Pacers pulled away by winning the transition game (22 to the Knicks’ eight).

With all that out of the way, here are the three biggest takeaways from the Pacers’ win over the Knicks.