It was Hickory Night again on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Pacers brought out their historic uniforms to honor Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle in their game against the New York Knicks.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 11, 2018
In the Pacers final home game before the All- Star break, they dominated the New York Knicks and won, 121-113. Victor Oladipo kept his team pumped up with his 30 points and impressive 360 and one-handed slam-dunks.
“I thought our movement was good tonight,” said Pacers head coach Nate McMillan at the postgame podium. “Our 27 assists is proof of that.”
The Pacers defense was not as strong on Sunday as it was against Boston, but the offense was able to outperform New York. The Pacers’ ball movement and shot percentage helped them achieve the win.
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— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 12, 2018
“To me, this is the most important two days of the season right now, especially for this young team,” Al Jefferson explained. “Because you kind of get in that ‘we won a couple games in a row’ … It’s easy to just get in that vacation mode, and I can’t let these guys do that.”
Al Jefferson is continuing to put in effort both on and off the court. He scored six points on Sunday and was a huge asset because Domantas Sabonis struggled to find the basket down low. Big Al also ended the night with two blocks to help the Pacers defensively. Even though the Pacers are going into their last game before the All-Star break on a positive note, No. 25 warns his team to stay motivated and on top of their game. With his many years of experience, Al knows that it can be easy to get into “vacation mode” and he doesn’t want to lose any of the momentum that they have.
The Pacers will face the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday in New York in their last game before the All-Star break at 7:30pm ET.