Player of the Game
TYLER HANSBROUGH
Rookie forward produced the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds, adding three assists in 22 energetic minutes off the bench.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy -1 +1
Ford -18 -104 Foster --6 -17
Granger DNP -58 Hansbrough 0 -55
Head -1 +34 Hibbert -4 -26
D. Jones -12 -56 S. Jones DNP -30
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy -12 -124
Price -7 0 Rush -8 -28
Watson DNP -18
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 40, Blazers 28
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 6, Blazers 3
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 13, Blazers 11
  • Points off turnovers: Blazers 14, Pacers 7
  • Starters scoring: Blazers 72, Pacers 51
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 40, Blazers 30
  • Stat of the Night
    In the six-game losing streak, the starters have been outscored 443-314, an average deficit of 21.5 per game.
    Noteworthy
  • The Pacers have now lost six straight games, equaling their longest streak of last season. Indiana has lost two in a row at home and they are 4-6 in 10 games at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Tonight's loss is the Pacers' third in a row to the Blazers.
  • Including the first double-digit rebounding game (11) of Tyler Hansbrough's career, the Pacers outrebounded the Blazers, 46-40. However, the Pacers are 3-5 this season when outrebounding an opponent.
  • Indiana outscored Portland, 40-28, in the paint tonight and the Blazers' total is the fewest by a Pacers' opponent in the last 16 games--since Miami (10/30) and Denver (11/3) each had 24 points in the paint at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • The Pacers hit two of their first 3-pt attempts tonight and then made just one of their last 14 shots from beyond the arc.
  • Despite collecting nearly twice as many offensive rebounds as the Blazers, 15-8, the Pacers scored just two more second chance points (13-11) than Portland.
  • Indiana had just two steals, their fewest since having just one in the opener at Atlanta, 10/28.
  • Indiana guards T.J. Ford, Brandon Rush and Luther Head accounted for all three of the Pacers' blocked shots in the game.
  • Up Next
    The Pacers host hometown standout Courtney Lee and the New Jersey Nets Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Pacers can't stop Roy, lose sixth straight

    END RESULT
    They hung around all night, put themselves in position and stayed there. And when the Pacers tied it 83-all on Luther Head's jumper with 7:40 remaining, it appeared like maybe they'd make it over the hump. Instead, they tumbled downhill as Portland rode the hot hand of Brandon Roy (29 points) down the stretch and pulled away for a 102-91 victory before 11,487 fans Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    IMPACT
    In their first game since losing leading scorer Danny Granger for 4-6 weeks with a foot injury, the Pacers battled throughout but ultimately couldn't finish the game at either end of the floor and wound up losing their sixth in a row and 10th in 11 games to fall to 6-13 overall, 4-6 at home. Portland snapped a three-game losing streak, beat the Pacers for the third time in a row and improved to 14-9.

    QUOTABLE
  • "I thought they played with a great deal of energy and gave us good tempo. I thought A.J. (Price) did a real good job for us. He’s played at a very high level in practice and he’s a very mature user of the pick and roll and he’s a guy that can shoot the three off the pick and roll." -- Jim O'Brien on the second unit.
  • "We didn’t play consistent basketball. We can’t play two and a half quarters of good basketball and one and a half quarters of sub-par basketball.”
  • "We had a problem with the pick and roll and did not defend very well against it. Couldn’t stop it. We’ve go to learn to finish the ball game a little better. So it’s back to the drawing board and get this thing turned around. Losing is not fun.” -- Dahntay Jones.
  • "They were short handed but played well. They have Brandon Roy and we know what he can do. At the end, we took good shots. But when you take good shots you must make them. We did not make them and we lost. We are tired of losing. We’ve got to get it corrected.” -- Luther Head
  • "I have to carry the team a little bit more now with all the guys that we have missing. So I definitely feel that I need to be more aggressive." -- Brandon Roy.

    TURNING POINTS
    LaMarcus Aldridge got the Blazers off to a quick start, scoring their first 10 points and 12 in the first quarter as they bolted out to a 26-15 lead. But that would turn out to be the biggest of the game as the Pacers chipped away behind the spirited play of rookies A.J. Price and Tyler Hansbrough, as well as veteran Luther Head. They chipped the deficit to 52-45 at the half despite shooting .383 as a team and continued to creep closer and closer in the third.

    Price and Hansbrough closed the period with a flourish, with Price scoring twice and dropping a sweet feed inside to Mike Dunleavy for a layup and Hansbrough battled for a putback that cut the lead to 77-75 heading into the fourth quarter. Head hit consecutive jumpers to tie it at 83-all with 7:40 left but as the starters returned, the offense faded. The Pacers scored just three baskets in the final 7:39 and were outscored 19-8 in that span. Roy scored 10 in the period and 18 in the second half.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Dahntay Jones scored a team-high 19 points for the Pacers, hitting 8-of-13 shots and pulling three rebounds with two assists. But Jones scored just two of his points in the final 18 minutes. Hansbrough produced his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, pulling seven offensive boards, adding three assists in 22 minutes. Dunleavy scored 10 on 5-of-11 shooting in 21 minutes and Troy Murphy had 10 points and seven rebounds. Price, playing for the first time since Nov. 22, shot 2-of-10 but had four points, three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. The Pacers shot .413 overall and shot 3-of-17 from the 3-point line. They outrebounded Portland 46-40 and committed just 12 turnovers.

    Roy led Portland with 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting, adding seven rebounds and five assists. Aldridge finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a block. Andre Miller scored 15 with four steals off the bench and Joel Przybilla scored 12 with eight rebounds. Portland shot .494 overall, 6-of-16 from the 3-point line.