T.J. FORD
Tied his career high with 34 points in 14-of-21 shooting, making 6-of-8 from the free throw line, adding three assists and two steals. He scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 6:38 -4 Marquis Daniels 29:10 +6
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy 27:51 +5
T.J. Ford 36:32 +1 Jeff Foster 28:20 +1
Stephen Graham 12:23 +5 Danny Granger DNP ---
Roy Hibbert 1:09 -2 Jarrett Jack 42:09 +13
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 33:54 +13
Rasho Nesterovic 21:56 +2 Brandon Rush DNP ---
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 40, Bucks 32
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 12, Bucks 10
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 15, Bucks 5
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 28, Bucks 21
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 80, Bucks 73
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 27, Bucks 26
  • In two games this season against the Bucks team that originally drafted him, Ford has totaled 61 points with his two highest-scoring games of the year, 34 tonight and 27 on Dec. 13 in Milwaukee.
  • With tonight's win the Pacers have now won a season-high six straight at Conseco Fieldhouse. The current streak matches the Pacers' longest at home since they won 14 in a row from 11/28/02 to 1/26/03
  • Since losing two in a row to the Bucks in December 2004, the Pacers have won 12 of the last 16 games vs. Milwaukee. The Pacers have won eight in a row vs. Milwaukee at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • This season, the Pacers are 2-6 against Central Division opponents with both wins coming at Conseco Fieldhouse and all six losses occurring on the road.
  • The first player, other than Danny Granger, to score 30+ points for Indiana, T.J. Ford's 34 points tied his most ever in the NBA. He scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.
  • In the first period, the Pacers took 14 free throws to the Bucks' five and outscored Milwaukee, 11-4, from the line. The rest of the game, the Bucks outscored the Pacers, 28-9, at the free throw line on 28-33 FTS to the Pacers' 9-17.
  • Troy Murphy registered his 24th double-double tonight, collecting 13 boards and scoring 11 points before fouling out.
  • Charlie Villanueva's 28 points featured 10-11 from the free throw line and his 10 made free throws are a career-high.
  • With a bench-high 14 points, Rasho Nesterovic scored in double figures for just the third time in his last 15 appearances, and for the first time in his last seven games.
  • Including their 51.9 percent shooting tonight, the Pacers have hit 50+ percent from the floor in consecutive games for just the second time this season.
  • The Pacers are now 6-4 in Wednesday games, the only day upon which Indiana is at, or above, .500. Indiana has won four straight Wednesday games.
  • The Pacers had two more turnovers (23-21) than the Bucks, but scored seven more points off turnovers than Milwaukee, 28-21. The Pacers are 6-15 this season when having more turnovers than their opponent.
  • The homestand continues Friday against Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan) in Conseco Fieldhouse.
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  • Jan. 28, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
    Pacers 107, Bucks 99


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    (On T.J. Ford) "Up to the last couple of minutes, he played very well. He kept us in the game. We needed every one of his points. Neither he nor I were happy with the turnovers at the end. Anytime you turn it over 23 times, you’re not making good decisions with the basketball. We need to keep the turnovers down."

    " I think we’re starting to get a home court advantage. We’re in a battle with a number of teams in the East for the last two playoff spots. This stretch of five games in seven nights and six more games before the all-star break, we will find out if we have a legitimate chance of making the playoffs before the all star break."

    (Danny Granger’s injury) "There is no guarantee he’ll be back Friday. But it’s something that should get better with rest.”


    PACERS FORWARD TROY MURPHY
    “This was not only a good win, it was an important win and we reacted the way that we had to, to get it. These are the ones that we’re supposed to win because we’re at home and we’ve got to take care of our home court, play tough and capitalize on these home games that we have right."

    "The schedule was not good to us the first part. This is a new part and a new beginning.”


    PACERS GUARD T.J. FORD
    (On his play) "Toward the end of the game, I made some bad decisions but it didn’t end out costing us badly."

    " Charlie (Villanueva) was a very key player and really got at it and got it done."

    "Danny was not on the floor but he’s the team leader and was an energizer for us all night long. We hope to get him back Friday."

    "Having more games at home the second half of the year will definitely help us. We just have to protect our home court and get the wins while we can.”


    BUCKS COACH SCOTT SKILES
    “(On the game) We didn’t come ready. We were very sluggish. Right before halftime we started to play and we carried that over into the second half. But we couldn’t get it done. How could we not be ready for a game like this? We don’t yet understand the intensity we have to play with all game long."

    (On T.J. Ford) "He’s very quick. He can break down defenses and we had trouble defending the pick and roll. He broke us down tonight.”


    BUCKS FORWARD CHARLIE VILLANUEVA
    (On trying to come back and falling short) "After getting down big in the first half, we fought to try to come back, but we just couldn’t get enough stops at the end. We need to be more aggressive in the beginning. We have to step up more; I have to take it upon my self to step up more."

    (On their bad start) "I just think we came out not focused. It’s all mental. We came out with no defensive pressure. We didn’t dictate anything on the floor to them and we just dug ourselves too big of a hole that we couldn’t crawl out of."

    (On overlooking the Pacers without Danny Granger) "Not at all. This is the NBA. We don’t take anyone lightly. We can’t afford to do that.”


    BUCKS FORWARD MUC MBAH A MOUTE
    (On the Bucks’ rally not being enough) "We just couldn’t get stops at the end. It seems like every time we came down and made a (offensive) play. But they also came back down and hit something off the backboard or something. I guess it was just one of those nights where once they got going, they could never stop."

    (On the injury to Luke Ridnour and other injuries this year) "It’s kind of been the story of the year. It’s up to the team to fight back and respond. Other guys have to step up and respond to those injuries.”


    BUCKS FORWARD RICHARD JEFFERSON
    (On the slow start) "We didn’t do a good job starting the game, and that’s pretty much the starters’ fault. We fought our way back. But when you spot them 15 or 20 points at times, it’s tough to come back from that.”