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DANNY GRANGER
Scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting, including 4-of-8 from the 3-point line, adding eight rebounds and two steals.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 18:59 -23 David Harrison DNP ---
Travis Diener 29:07 +14 Troy Murphy 35:36 +15
Ike Diogu 4:49 -10 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 39:20 -6 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 41:32 +2 Kareem Rush 17:35 -20
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 42:48 +4 Shawne Williams 10:14 -23
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Cavaliers 36, Pacers 24
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 9, Cavaliers 9
  • Second-chance points: Cavaliers 17, Pacers 12
  • Points off turnovers: Cavaliers 17, Pacers 16
  • Starters scoring: Cavaliers 84, Pacers 71
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 26, Cavaliers 22
  • Danny Granger made all six of his free throws to break Reggie Miller's mark and establish a new club record of 64 in a row.
    The Pacers open a home-road back-to-back set with the Nets Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Cleveland 106, Indiana 97
    Fourth-quarter problems again plague Pacers

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 20, 2008


    The All-Star break might've given the Pacers fresher legs but the same, tired problem recurred in their first game back.

    Leading 94-92 with 5:11 to play, they missed six straight shots and nine of their final 10 as Cleveland finished with a 14-3 run to claim a 106-97 victory Wednesday before 13,096 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    “This was another game that we could have won," said Danny Granger, who scored 30. "We choked and made bad plays during the stretch at the end. They hit shots when they needed to. We didn’t. … I am sick of it. We have got to get rid of it."

    It has become a frustratingly familiar refrain as the Pacers (21-33) lost their third in a row and 10th in 12 games. Within the last month, they've lost seven games after leading or trailing by less than four points in the fourth quarter.

    "In many cases, you look back at those games, a lot of those teams are very, very high-level teams," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "This team went to the Finals. Boston is supposed to go to the Finals. Houston's supposed to be in the top four. Detroit's a former champion.

    "I would say the teams we're playing have the ability to take it up a notch defensively and have the one-on-one scoring ability, like a LeBron James or a Paul Pierce or a Kobe Bryant or Tracy McGrady that can break down a player, you have to double-team and it opens up perimeter shots."

    Defense has been a problem throughout the season for the Pacers and the offense hasn't been able to compensate for a lack of soloists with harmonious team play. Granger played a strong game but missed three of four down the stretch. Troy Murphy scored 20 on 8-of-11 shooting but attempted just one shot in the fourth quarter.

    "We have what we have," said O'Brien, "and we have to find a way to win games like this by learning how to take up our defense another notch. I think Danny's becoming a very, very good clutch player so we're starting to get one guy that can really do something down the stretch. It's not enough tonight, though."

    In winning their sixth in a row from the Pacers, the Cavs (30-24) followed a familiar formula: namely, riding LeBron James, who produced his second triple-double in a row with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. He is the first player in 20 years to have triple-doubles in consecutive games twice in the same season (the last was Magic Johnson in 1988). Zydrunas Ilgauskas had eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 17 rebounds.

    While the Pacers were missing six in a row, the Cavs scored 10 unanswered points to take a 102-94 lead on Hughes' 3-pointer with 1:39 left. Granger's 3-pointer with 1:28 left, Indiana's only basket in the final 6 minutes, cut the lead to 102-97 but the Pacers came up empty on their final three possessions.

    Noteworthy …


  • Cleveland guard Daniel Gibson left with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter, the result of a collision with Travis Diener while both were diving for a loose ball.
  • The Pacers dropped to 2-6 without both Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley, who both missed the game with left knee injuries.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    Listen to Coach O'Brien's postgame press conference

    “Tough loss. We played well enough to win we just didn’t get it done. In many cases, you look back at those games (previous losses) to good teams. Those teams all have the ability to take it up a notch defensively and the one-on-one scoring ability to break down a player and open it up for perimeter shooters. I think Danny (Granger) is becoming a very, very good clutch player. But it wasn’t enough tonight.”
    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    “This was another game that we could have won. We choked and made bad plays during the stretch at the end. They hit shots when they needed to. We didn’t. "
    (On losing like this) "I am sick of it. We have got to get rid of it."
    (On LeBron James) "We knew LeBron was good. And when he was not hitting, Zydrunas (Ilgauskas) and Larry Hughes were making shots."
    (On his consecutive free throw record) "Winning is of the utmost importance. We didn’t win. The record means that I am making free throws. We were in position to win and again we didn’t get it done.”
    PACERS GUARD MARQUIS DANIELS
    “We have got to finish stronger and not give up too many easy shots down the stretch. Our execution is bad and we must collectively as a group put together a complete game on both ends of the floor and play to our abilities. As far as this fourth quarter thing, we have just got to get over it.”
    CAVALIERS COACH MIKE BROWN
    “In the second half we cut turnovers down, which allowed us to get going. We did a better job of making a run for the shots in the second half."
    (On LeBron James) "LeBron, what can I say? He’s the MVP this year. He’s terrific. He does everything out on the floor. In this game, he guarded second, third and Troy Murphy."
    (General) "We try to never panic. We step up and have confidence and not give up. In the fourth quarter, we made good baskets and controlled the floor.”
    CAVALIERS FORWARD LEBRON JAMES
    (On consecutive triple doubles) "It’s a tremendous feat. But I’m just happy we got the win. Especially considering it was a back-to-back on the road. I don’t take for granted whether we’re down or whether we’re up. I just try to get us in a position to be close and win the game at the end. The big thing tonight for us was Larry Hughes. He played very well."
    (On Daniel Gibson getting hurt) "I thought not another one. Not again. He’s one of our top six players and we can’t afford to be losing any more of those guys. We have a great support system and we’ll have to rely on it if he’s out for any period of time. I thought Z (Zydrunas Ilgauskas) did a great job for us. It was good to see him attack the boards like he did in the fourth quarter.”
    CAVALIERS CENTER ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS
    (The key to the fourth quarter) "I thought we moved the ball well. We made a lot of good screens and we made their defense defend us all over the court. We were able to get a lot of open shots to fall. I got some good looks. I had smaller guys guarding me for the most part. It was easy for me to see over them and I was able to get some good shots."
    (Why is LeBron so good?) "I don’t know. If I had a dollar for every time somebody asked me that question, I wouldn’t be playing basketball any more. I get asked that so often. He’s just a good player. He does everything. You look tonight and he had 12 assists. I mean that’s amazing.”