DANNY GRANGER
Scored 27 points, eight in the fourth quarter, adding six rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. He was 11-of-25 from the field and 1-of-5 from the 3-point line.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 9:43 +2 Marquis Daniels 20:58 -53
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy 23:41 -1
T.J. Ford 26:46 -3 Jeff Foster 31:05 +11
Stephen Graham 11:36 +7 Danny Granger 37:38 +4
Roy Hibbert DNP --- Jarrett Jack 23:34 +5
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 38:16 +4
Rasho Nesterovic 16:43 -7 Brandon Rush DNP ---
  • Points in the paint: Bobcats 32, Pacers 30
  • Fast-break points: Bobcats 12, Pacers 10
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 21, Bobcats 10
  • Points off turnovers: Bobcats 19, Pacers 16
  • Starters scoring: Bobcats 69, Pacers 58
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 40, Bobcats 24
  • After going 10-21 in the 2008 portion of the schedule, the Pacers are now 7-6 in 2009, 4-0 at home.
  • With tonight's win the Pacers have now won a season-high five straight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Jeff Foster's 10 offensive rebounds tonight are his most this season are two short of the most in the NBA in 2008-09. It is also two short of the team's NBA record, which he shares with three others.
  • Tonight's win is the Pacers' sixth of the season in a game in which they did not score 100 points. That is one more win in those games than they had all of last season.
  • Since giving up 120 points to the Jazz in Utah, 1/12, the Pacers have allowed their last six opponents an average of 101.2 ppg. The Pacers have won four of those six games.
  • Including tonight's game, Maceo Baston has seen action in consecutive games for the first time this season. Baston has made a total of six appearances in 2008-09.
  • With tonight's win, the Pacers take a 9-7 lead in the all-time series with the Bobcats and they are now 6-3 all-time against Charlotte in Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • The Bobcats attempted seven more free throws than the Pacers (30-23), but the Pacers outscored Charlotte at the line, 19-18. Indiana hit over 80 percent from the line for the fifth straight game, and the eighth time in the last nine games, as they shot 19-23 FTS (.826) tonight.
  • With 11 points and 14 rebounds, Troy Murphy registered his 23rd double-double of the season, and his sixth in the last seven games. Murphy had just 10 double-doubles all of last season.
  • On 0-3 from the floor, Jarrett Jack was scoreless for the first time this season, and was held to less than 10 points for just the third time in the last 14 games.
  • T.J. Ford's team-high seven assists tonight are his most as a reserve this season.
  • The only Indiana player with more than one steal tonight, Marquis Daniels tied his season-high with three thefts.
  • Daniels added 11 points, his first game in double figures in his last five appearances--since scoring 12 vs. Sacramento, 1/3.
  • Daniels' six rebounds featured five offensive rebounds, which tied his career-best.
  • Outscored in the paint for just the 13th time this season, 32-30, the win tonight is the Pacers' fourth of the season (4-9) when being outscored in the paint.
  • The Pacers open the first of two back-to-back sets this week when they face the Magic Tuesday in Orlando (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • Jan. 25, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
    Pacers 98, Bobcats 93


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “Our team really wanted it. I thought our defense down the stretch was really hard-nosed. That was the difference in the game."

    " I think we‘ve made some improvement defensively. It’s nice to have everybody starting to get in shape (from injuries). We have enough practice in the number of close games we played. Our guys are confident and focused in timeouts and know specifically what we have to do going out there. It’s starting to turn a little bit."

    "Jeff (Foster) is an offensive rebounding machine.”


    PACERS GUARD STEPHEN GRAHAM
    “We executed very well down the stretch, played our defensive schemes the way we were taught and got the win. "

    (On his role) "I must be ready to come in and do the job whether it is nine minutes, 20 minutes or else."

    "We must approach each game the way we approach this one and stick to our schemes and if we do this we should be able to get the win. The fans were really behind us and that always helps.”


    PACERS CENTER JEFF FOSTER
    “It was a great win for us. We needed to make a strong showing and we did. We need to go to Orlando Tuesday, get out there and execute our defensive and offensive schemes and get the job done. We have 32 or so games left and we have to play them one by one and needless to say win them."

    "Having Mike and Quisy (Marquis Daniels) back and playing well has certainly helped pick this team up. We’re taking great steps but we have got to continue to get the job done."

    (On Dwight Howard) "I will probably start to play him and we will rotate on him within our defensive scheme. He’s big, powerful and will do nothing but get better. We will have to do a good job to come out of there with the win.”


    BOBCATS COACH LARRY BROWN
    (On the Pacers) "They played good. I’ve watched their games. They execute well on offense and they’re tough at home. It was a good lesson for us. When you’re on the road and you give them a jump start, it’s tough to overcome."

    (On their comeback) "We defended better. We rebounded better and we made them shoot jump shots. But they made big plays. Dunleavy made a big shot while they were kind of struggling a little bit on offense and T.J. (Ford) got a big rebound with the clock winding down there at the end of the game. "

    "I thought we didn’t match their energy early. We got killed on the boards in the first half. They had 10 offensive rebounds in the first quarter and it’s tough to come back from that.”


    BOBCATS GUARD RAJA BELL
    (On not being able to come back) "We dug ourselves a bit of a hole early in the game. We have to learn that you can’t turn if on and off in this league. When you do, you find yourselves with too big of a hill to climb. They were able to make some big shot towards the end to hold us off. "

    (On where they are as team with the trades) "We’re getting better. Tonight was a setback, however. We have to learn to come out in games like this, where the building did not have a lot of great energy. We have to generate our own energy. We have to try to find it some how. We’re a team that needs every win. We can’t afford to not be ready to play in games like tonight."

    (On Danny Granger) "It’s not surprising that he’s playing as well as he is. When you play against him, you realize how good of a player he is. I think he’s definitely deserving of an All-Star spot. He is one of those guys that can do a lot of things. He can shoot. He’s long and can defend and can draw a lot of fouls. He’s a tough cover.”


    BOBCATS GUARD RAYMOND FELTON
    (On Charlotte’s slow start) "The Pacers got all the loose balls. They got all those offensive rebounds. That really hurt us. We can’t have games like this on the road."

    (On this performance compared to their recent strong play) "It’s not been like this at all. Now we have to get back to what we were doing, especially with our next game being against the Lakers."

    (On the rally at the end) "We played hard, and we fought back. We got back in the game. But sometimes when you don’t play the way you’re supposed to early, it follows like that at the end. Things don’t go your way.”