New York Knicks: Fourth quarter rally isn't enough in loss to Pacers (Highlights)
Jan 7, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) defends in the second quarter of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks were down 26-points at the onset of the fourth quarter. Their unorthodox lineup rallied, but the deficit was too much.

  • Indiana Pacers 123 (20-18)
  • New York Knicks 109 (17-20)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

For the second straight night, the New York Knicks faced a huge deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Head coach Jeff Hornacek decided to roll with another unorthodox lineup in the final 12 minutes. This time it was too late.

The 26-point lead that the Indiana Pacers held entering the final period was too much for the Knicks to overcome. Hornacek called Ron Baker‘s number for the second straight game to start the fourth quarter (he played all 12 minutes) and once again he made an impact.

Baker’s influential minutes and the support of Kristaps Porzingis, Brandon Jennings, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, and Willy Hernangomez weren’t enough to push the team over the top.

Jennings and Kuzminskas combined for 30 of the Knicks 39 fourth quarter points. Porzingis was the only starter who saw any real action in the final period.

Key Stat

The Knicks were killed on the boards one more time 53-32. Al Jefferson and Myles Turner pushed the New York bigs around all night. They combined for seven offensive rebounds.

Up Next

The Knicks return home to play the New Orleans Pelicans Monday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.