DANNY GRANGER
Raised his career-high to 37 points, 17 in the fourth quarter, finishing 12-of-24 from the field and 6-of-13 from the 3-point line, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 24:20 -1 David Harrison DNP ---
Travis Diener 27:11 +1 Troy Murphy 29:45 -9
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal 20:03 -2
Mike Dunleavy 40:59 -2 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 28:52 -6 Kareem Rush 9:17 +2
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 36:04 +1 Shawne Williams 2:40 +1
Flip Murray 20:50 -5
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 32, Bobcats 30
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 12, Bobcats 7
  • Second-chance points: Bobcats 25, Pacers 21
  • Points off turnovers: Bobcats 10, Pacers 9
  • Starters scoring: Bobcats 85, Pacers 78
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 25, Bobcats 22
  • Including Charlotte's 25 second-chance points from 20 offensive rebounds, the Pacers have yielded 115 second-chance points in the last six games, an average of 19.2.
    The final road game of the regular season comes Monday in Washington against the Wizards (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • Charlotte 107, Indiana 103
    Bobcats deal blow to Pacers' playoff hopes

    By Conrad Brunner | April 12, 2008


    Down 11 with 7:08 remaining, the Pacers rallied, closed to 101-100 on Travis Diener's 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining, and Conseco Fieldhouse as jumping.

    Poised on the brink of an opportunity to put hot breath on the necks of the eighth-place Hawks, the Pacers instead ran out of steam as Charlotte held on for a 107-103 victory Saturday before 14,265 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    "With Atlanta losing (99-89 to Boston), the table was set," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "We just did not get it done."

    The Pacers had their four-game win streak snapped by a Bobcats team that was quicker to the glass (20 offensive rebounds leading to 25 second-chance points) and into the lane (drawing 27 fouls leading to 43 free throws). After Diener's 3-pointer, Pacers missed three of their final four shots while the Bobcats went 6-of-8 from the line.

    The loss spoiled a career-high 37-point game from Danny Granger, who scored 17 in the fourth quarter to spark the rally.

    IMPACT
    It isn't over, but the Pacers' playoff hopes are on the brink of extinction. Indiana (35-45) trails Atlanta (37-43) by two games with two remaining, meaning the Pacers must win their final two games (at Washington Monday and vs. New York Wednesday) and hope the Hawks lose their final two (Tuesday vs. Orlando and Wednesday at Miami).

    "We can only try to control what we do," said O'Brien. "We have to work on winning Monday in Washington. That's the only thing we can control."

    Charlotte (31-49) won the season series for the first time.

    TURNING POINT
    Playing the second night of a back-to-back with a team weakened by a stomach virus that hit seven players Friday, the Pacers dug a hole with a flat second quarter, making 8-of-25 shots. The Bobcats used a 17-6 run to take a 55-46 lead and the Pacers were battling uphill the rest of the night.

    Playing with five fouls, Granger brought the Pacers back, scoring 14 of their first 20 points of the fourth quarter. Diener's 3-pointer, which came after the 6-2 guard chased down an offensive rebound running away from the basket, was followed by a pair of free throws by Okafor. Marquis Daniels left a drive short and Mike Dunleavy quickly fouled Raymond Felton, who made both for a 105-100 Charlotte lead.

    Granger made his sixth 3-pointer of the night to cut it to 105-103 with 17.9 seconds remaining but Jason Richardson made two free throws 2 seconds later to keep it a two-possession game. Daniels and Diener both missed 3-pointers on the Pacers' final possession.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Granger once again played with a leader's will, shaking off an otherwise tough shooting night to go 6-of-9 overall and 4-of-7 from the arc in the fourth quarter. His 37 came on 12-of-24 shooting overall, 6-of-13 from the arc, and he added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot. O'Brien gambled late in the third quarter by re-inserting Granger, who had four fouls, then leaving him in the game after Granger picked up his fifth with 10:48 remaining.

    "I don't care how many fouls he had," O'Brien said. "I couldn't keep him on the bench. He mans to much to us. He carried us again tonight."

    Dunleavy, obviously sapped by the virus, managed 22 points with seven assists but shot 8-of-23. Jeff Foster had 10 points and nine rebounds and Diener had 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals off the bench.

    LOWLIGHTS
    The Bobcats' quickness bothered the Pacers all night. They owned advantages of 59-43 on the boards and 33-16 in free throws made. Jason Richardson scored 12 of his 26 at the line, offsetting a 6-of-18 shooting night. Rookie Jared Dudley had a career-high 19 with eight rebounds, Felton 18 with 12 assists, while Okafor and Nazr Mohammed combined for 30 points and 31 rebounds.

    "I think guys came in with the idea that 'hey, this is the Bobcats, they’re not playing for anything, they’re one of the worst teams in the East even though we lost to them twice we’re going to roll over them because we beat Philly on the road because we beat Atlanta at home by double digits we’re just going to roll over them'," Dunleavy said. "That’s not a good thing. That’s the idea we had and I think you could just sense it."

    NOTEWORTHY
  • The Pacers set a franchise record with 39 attempts from the 3-point line (making 13), and were 6-of-23 from the arc in the fourth quarter.
  • Indiana's reserves combined to shoot 8-of-26 from the field (.308).
  • Charlotte played without second-leading scorer Gerald Wallace (strained groin).

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
  • “Give them credit. They were a step quicker than us almost the entire game. They’re faster than we are. We have a difficult time keeping them out of the paint and off the glass. We had the table set and with Atlanta losing we just did not get it done. We can only try to control what we can do and that’s to win at Washington Monday."
  • (On Danny Granger) "I don’t care how many fouls he had, I couldn’t keep him on the bench. He had another great game and carried us tonight.”
  • PACERS GUARD TRAVIS DIENER
  • “We didn’t play very well tonight. We really didn’t get it going until only about the last nine minutes. You don’t win basketball games that way."
  • "We’ve just got to come out and win these last two games. We need to do the things that we have been doing in our winning streaks. Obviously we didn’t do that tonight. ”
  • PACERS GUARD FLIP MURRAY
  • “We let this one slip away which was a very big game for us. Now we need both of them."
  • "They came out, played with a lot of energy and rebounded the ball very well. We have no margin of error. We must put this one behind us, right now; get ready for Washington Monday and then New York Wednesday. We’ve got to get the job done, both games. It’s down to that.”
  • BOBCATS COACH SAM VINCENT
  • “We’re not trying to be spoiler for any team. We want to play all 82 games the best we can. I think we’re playing to insure we have a good start next season."
  • (On the end of the game) "It shows the growth this team has had. Now we are making the right decisions."
  • (On Jared Dudley) "Jared was great tonight. Our rookies have had to grow up and mature this year. When we can beat someone in rebounding, it puts a smile on our face. We had some guys really do some good things at the free throw line.”
  • BOBCATS CENTER NAZR MOHAMMED
  • (on the dominating the rebounding) "Just more focus. You have to give credit when we do a good job of rebounding to the guards. A lot of people don’t realize that, but when they block out and get rebounds it makes it a lot easier for bigs to do their job."
  • (On playing the spoiler) "Not really. It definitely came up. But it wasn’t our focus. We did know that they needed this win to stay alive. They should be happy that Atlanta lost.”
  • BOBCATS GUARD MATT CARROLL
  • (On the key to the victory) "Rebounding was the key. There have been a lot of games this year where we were on the opposite end of the rebounding total. It’s been our Achilles heel. It led to a lot of free throws and free throws win games we know that. We’ve been working on them. They’ve been a weakness all year. At one time we were the worst team in the NBA."
  • (On Pacers’ playoff chances) "It was a good team effort. We know they are chasing the playoffs and we knew that they needed this win. They hit a lot of big shots in the fourth quarter, seven three pointers. We knew that they would make that run. Danny Granger is a good player and they have a lot of good shooters on their team. We knew they’d come back.”