SHAWNE WILLIAMS
Played the energizer role once again, scoring 10 points in 12 minutes off the bench, eight in the fourth quarter to help spark the Pacers' comeback victory.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 17:04 -6 David Harrison 12:38 -8
Travis Diener 17:30 +9 Troy Murphy 39:11 +17
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 38:58 +20 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 22:22 -2 Kareem Rush 8:49 -10
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 41:03 +4 Shawne Williams 11:55 +13
Flip Murray 30:30 -2
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Bulls 34
  • Fast-break points: Bulls 13, Pacers 7
  • Second-chance points: Bulls 14, Pacers 13
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 21, Bulls 16
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 78, Bulls 69
  • Bench scoring: Bulls 32, Pacers 30
  • In his last two appearances, Shawne Williams has played a total of 29 minutes off the bench, scoring 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line, and the Pacers have outscored their opponents by 26 points while he's on the floor.
    The Pacers put their five-game home winning streak on the line Tuesday against Chris Paul, Peja Stojakovic and the New Orleans Hornets (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Pacers 108, Bulls 101
    Williams, defense arrive just in time

    At Chicago | March 22, 2008


    A couple of little-used elements – defense and Shawne Williams – gave the Pacers a stirring 108-101 comeback victory over the Bulls in Chicago Saturday night.

    And it gave them so much more.

    The Pacers (29-41) extended their winning streak to four games, the longest in more than two years. They moved into a ninth-place tie with New Jersey in the Eastern Conference playoff race, with two games against the Nets looming next week. They remained 1½ games behind eighth-place Atlanta (30-39). They pushed the Bulls (27-42) into the rear-view mirror for now, at least. And for the sixth time this season, they overcame a double-digit deficit to win.

    "It was a win that we needed to get and we got it," said Troy Murphy, who had another big game with 24 points and eight rebounds. "Unfortunately, Atlanta beat Orlando (Saturday night) but Jersey lost (to Philadelphia) so we're just moving up."

    With Luol Deng going off (24 points through three quarters), the Bulls broke open a tight game with a 16-4 run bridging the third and fourth periods to take an 88-75 lead with 9:54 remaining. That's when Coach Jim O'Brien turned to Williams and backup point guard Travis Diener.

    "We came out in the second half and we had some guys come off the bench and hit big shots for us and it kind of propelled us to the victory," said Murphy. "Travis really forced the tempo. He gets everybody open shots. And Shawne hit big shots."

    While Diener sparked the offense by pushing the tempo, Williams did a little bit of everything in a reprise of his performance of Wednesday night, when he scored 14 in the fourth quarter to key a 102-95 victory over Charlotte.

    Mike Dunleavy (25 points) and Murphy hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 13-1 run that cut the lead to 89-88 but the Bulls appeared to regain control and pushed the lead back to 95-90 with 4:39 left.

    Williams scored seven of the Pacers' next nine points, including a cold-blooded 3-pointer that gave the Pacers a 99-97 lead with 2:17 remaining. He also played a major role cooling off Deng, who was 10-of-12 entering the fourth quarter but went 2-of-7.

    Limited to 7-of-24 shooting in the fourth quarter, the Bulls couldn't come up with a counterpunch.

    It almost didn't matter, in retrospect, that Chicago shot .557 through three periods.

    Almost.

    "We have to improve defensively," Murphy said. "Our offense is pretty good. We move the ball and hit open guys and they make shots but defensively we struggle sometimes. We have to work on that every day and it's a challenge for us but I think we're getting better and we have to try to improve to make the playoffs."

    After setting a franchise record with 16 3-pointers Friday night, the Pacers followed up with 13-of-26 shooting from the arc Saturday, with Murphy (5-of-8) and Dunleavy (3-of-3) leading the way. Danny Granger battled a rough shooting night (7-of-20, including 1-of-6 from the arc) but produced 17 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Flip Murray also struggled with his shot, going 3-of-14.

    Deng led the Bulls with 28, adding eight rebounds. Ben Gordon scored 21 off the bench, while Joakim Noah scored 16 with eight rebounds and two blocks. Drew Gooden had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guards Larry Hughes and Kirk Hinrich combined to shoot 6-of-23, though Hinrich had 10 assists and Hughes 10 rebounds.