(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers will have to do something they haven't
had to all season - respond after a loss.
The Pacers fell out of the ranks of unbeaten teams with a loss to the Chicago
Bulls, but they have a chance to kick off another winning streak when they
visit Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks Wednesday.
"Our guys are dialed into a New York opponent that's playing a unique style of
basketball, a unique style of small ball," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "We
have to be ready to win the next game."
The Pacers lost for the first time Saturday night in Chicago, 110-94. Indiana
fell behind by 25 after the first half and never really got back into the
Indiana is one of the best defensive squads in the league, but allowed a
season-high by 19 points. Saturday's game was the first time the Pacers
allowed 100-plus points in a game.
"I don't feel like we were complacent but watching film, it showed that we
were complacent," admitted Paul George. "I think that loss helped us get back
to reality that we can't just come into a gym and expect to win."
Roy Hibbert had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. David West and
Chris Copeland, who will return to New York after playing there last season,
both had 13 points. George, Lance Stephenson and George Hill also scored in
The Pacers will try to rebound against a Knicks team they bested in six games
during last season's Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Knicks look far from the reigning Atlantic Division champions.
They've dropped three in a row and the most recent setback came in the form of
a 92-86 road loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. That's now four of the
last five games the Knicks have failed to score 100 points.
"We have to figure it out quick," Carmelo Anthony said of the team's slow
start. "It's hard to take anything positive out of the way we've been
Anthony led the way for the Knicks against the Pistons with 25 points, but he
shot 8-for-20 from the floor and committed seven turnovers.
J.R. Smith had 18 off the bench, while Andrea Bargnani chipped in 13 and Iman
Shumpert added 11.
Raymond Felton (hip) missed the Detroit game and Beno Udrih started in his
place and went scoreless. Metta World Peace also missed the game with a sore
The Knicks have won three straight regular-season games at home against the
Pacers as the two teams split last season's four regular-season contests.
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