Scored 16 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, adding five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the period. Finished with 35 overall, adding nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots.
Points in the paint: Pacers 38, Bucks 36
Fast-break points: Bucks 23, Pacers 21
Second-chance points: Bucks 17, Pacers 12
Points off turnovers: Bucks 27, Pacers 16
Starters scoring: Pacers 88, Bucks 80
Bench scoring: Bucks 28, Pacers 27
One game after setting the franchise record for double-doubles in a season, Troy Murphy pulled 12 rebounds to surpass Clark Kellogg's record for rebounds in a season with 861.
Since losing two in a row to the Bucks in December 2004, the Pacers have won 13 of the last 18 games vs. Milwaukee. The Pacers have won nine in a row vs. Milwaukee at Conseco Fieldhouse.
With tonight's win, the Pacers are 26-25 since the start of the calendar year 2009.
Indiana is 25-16 at Conseco Fieldhouse this season. The Pacers have won at least 25 games for the 18th time in their last 23 seasons.
With his 35 points tonight, Danny Granger finishes the season with an average of 25.8 ppg, which is more than six points a game better than his average of 19.7 ppg in 2007-08. Thus, he is the first player in NBA history to lift his scoring average a minimum of 5.0 ppg for three consecutive seasons.
With his five 3-pt FGS tonight, Danny Granger finishes the season with 182 and that is the third highest total in a single season in Pacers' NBA history. It is the most for any player on the team since Reggie Miller's club record 229 in 1996-97.
Having shot 1-8 from the floor and 6-8 FTS, Jarrett Jack fell two points short of his first double-double with the Pacers. His 10 assists are his most since joining Indiana and his eight points represent just his second of less than 10 points in the last 29 games of the season.
Including 4-6 from 3-pt range, Brandon Rush scored 24 points and he had 20+ points in each of the season's last three games. In those three games, Rush averaged 24.0 ppg and shot 11-18 from beyond the arc.
Including 7-9 in the fourth quarter, the Pacers made 12-21 3-pt FGS tonight. Their 12 3-pt field goals are their most in the last 32 games--since making 13 3-pt FGS at Philadelphia, 2/5.
After going 12 games without hitting double-digits in steals, the Pacers had 10 in each of their last two games. Indiana had seven different players with at least one theft tonight, including three from Danny Granger and two from Josh McRoberts.
Indiana blocked 12 shots tonight, their most since a season-high 13 vs. the L.A. Clippers, 12/9. Indiana had 10+ blocks in six of its first 26 games, but tonight marked just their third with double-digit blocks in the last 56 games. Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and Josh McRoberts all had three rejections tonight. Hibbert has blocked 10 shots in the last three games. Those three games represent the only time this season that he has had multiple blocks in three straight games.
Tonight's win is the Pacers' ninth (9-35) of the season in a game in which they trailed at the start of the fourth quarter.
Murphy finished the season with a mark of 45.0 percent from beyond the arc and be the first player in NBA history to rank among the league's top five in both rebounds per game (11.8 rpg) and 3-pt field goal percentage (.450).
The Pacers will find out their draft position on May 19 when the NBA conducts its annual Draft Lottery.
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April 15, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Pacers 115, Bucks 108
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“It was a great finish with a terrific crowd."
"The group we had in there in the fourth quarter did a very good job. Brandon (Rush) and Danny (Granger) hit some big shots. I would say they (Travis Diener and Josh McRoberts) provided a tremendous spark."
"If not for all the guys who played in the fourth quarter we wouldn’t have won the game.”
PACERS FORWARD TROY MURPHY
“We started very slow and didn’t play that well, dug ourselves a deep hole. Danny and Brandon bailed us out and did a great job in the fourth quarter. It was definitely a great win for us and everybody. We’re very glad that Josh and Travis were able to contribute and played as well as they did."
"I feel real good about this win. I am looking forward to next year and coming back and getting better. I feel really good about the record with this franchise and these people that I’ve played with. It means a lot.”
PACERS GUARD BRANDON RUSH
“We turned it up a notch in the fourth quarter. I feel good about this. We definitely came a long way throughout the year and are really looking forward to next year."
"This is fun. This is the way the game is supposed to be played, by having fun and winning. Hopefully, this is a beginning. Everybody contributed, everybody helped. It was a good win to build on.”
BUCKS COACH SCOTT SKILES
“We built a nice lead, played well and hard. It has happened to us so many times this year. We had a hard time getting baskets in that stretch. We had defensive breakdowns. They’re a good offensive basketball team and they made us pay for it."
"We want to be a playoff team. But we didn’t deserve to be in the post season. We will use the summer and try to get better.”
BUCKS FORWARD RICHARD JEFFERSON
(On them losing the big lead) "I’m not a believer in luck or good fortune. I believe you either do things like you’re supposed to do or you don’t do them. We played very good defense through the third quarter, combined with them missing some shots. And then we came out in the fourth quarter and didn’t do those things. We just didn’t do anything to make things go right for us."
(On the season in general) "Losing players like Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut for the season and suffering injuries throughout, that makes things more complicated than you like."
(Was the season satisfying for him in any way?) "For me, I’ve always judged myself on how my team does. Coming here, I really believed we had a playoff team. For three quarters of the season we were in that position. But in the last quarter of the season we didn’t do the things we needed to do."
"It was disappointing not to have Michael and Andrew, two guys I was looking forward to playing with.”
BUCKS FORWARD LUC RICHARD MBAH a MOUTE
(On losing the big lead) "It was kind of the story of our season. We’ve been an inconsistent team all year. We lost our focus and against a team like this who can shoot the ball well, you can’t afford to lose that."
"Once they got the lead down to nine, I don’t think we executed like we did the third quarter. They were coming down in transition and scoring a lot of baskets. Then we lost the lead. Once we did that, that was it. "
"Like I said, it’s been that way all season. The third quarter we executed nicely; we moved the ball and made plays to help us get that big lead. Then it seemed like we stopped doing that. It was crazy.”