New York Knicks will try and build on momentum against streaking Indiana Pacers
Dec 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) passes around New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks snapped their six-game losing streak Friday in Milwaukee with a huge win. They’ll try and keep that up against the Pacers.

  • New York Knicks (17-19)
  • Indiana Pacers (19-18)
  • NBA, Saturday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. ET, MSG Network
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

The losing is finally over.

The New York Knicks overcame an 18-point deficit against the Milwaukee Bucks to end their six-game skid compliments of the return of Kristaps Porzingis and an unlikely spark from their third-string point guard and Twitter celebrity Ron Baker.

It was a big win for the Knicks. Like most middle-of-the-road teams they struggle as the visitor and when they fall behind.

According to NBA.com, the Knicks were just 10-18 when they fell behind by 6-10 points and before last night 0-11 when behind by 16-20 points.

They improved their mediocre road record to 6-12 and will try and build on that great victory Saturday night in Indiana against the Pacers.

New York is winless in six back-to-back contests so far, and Indiana is on a four-game winning streak. However, the Knicks proved they could beat the Pacers at the Garden back in December. Indiana is 14-5 at home, so this one should be different.

Especially with the way Paul George is playing during their winning streak. The All-Star forward is averaging 27.3 points per game and shooting the lights out on a slash line of .515/.455/.906.

George was outplayed by counterpart Carmelo Anthony in the first matchup when he scored just 16 points (6-16, 0-3) and Anthony dropped a season-high (tied) 35 points (13-25, 7-11).

Both players have momentum heading into Saturday night.

Despite a poor shooting fourth quarter, Anthony hit the go-ahead three (doesn’t he always seem to do something like that?) and helped the team along with all of the things his passing. Per ESPN.com, the Knicks shot 7-9 on Anthony’s passes in the fourth quarter and the franchise player accounted for 20 of their 33 points in the final 12 minutes.

The Melo-PG-13 matchup should be a great one this time around.

 

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