STEPHEN GRAHAM
Playing a season-high 25 minutes, the always-ready reserve produce 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting and pulled three rebounds.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 27:49 -20
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 27:32 -20 Jeff Foster 20:50 -11
Stephen Graham 24:56 -2 Danny Granger 32:01 -30
Roy Hibbert 17:42 -1 Jarrett Jack 20:28 -4
Josh McRoberts 4:26 +1 Troy Murphy 34:57 -25
Rasho Nesterovic 18:06 -12 Brandon Rush 11:15 +4
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 30, Cavs 18
  • Fast-break points: Cavs 11, Pacers 7
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 9, Cavs 7
  • Points off turnovers: Cavs 29, Pacers 9
  • Starters scoring: Cavs 62, Pacers 39
  • Bench scoring: Cavs 35, Pacers 34
  • Cleveland won its seventh in a row overall, 11th straight at home and beat the Pacers for the ninth straight time overall and ninth straight at home. The Cavs have won 15 of 16.
  • Cleveland’s 16-3 start is the best start to a season in franchise history, besting the 11-3 starts in both 1976-77 and 1988-89.
  • The Cavs’ 11-0 start at home is the best home start in franchise history, besting their 9-0 starts in both the 1991-92 and 1976-77 seasons.
  • In their current seven-game win streak, the Cavs have won each game by an average of 22.0 points per game and at least 12 points in each game and are averaging 110.0 points on .503 shooting to their opponents 88.0 points on .399 shooting per game.
  • Cleveland held the Pacers to a season opponent-low 73 points tonight and a Pacers season low in points scored (previous low was 91 twice).
  • In two games against Indiana this season, Anderson Varejao is averaging 17.5 points on .714 shooting and 7.5 rebounds per game.
  • Troy Murphy scored a team-high 15 points for the Pacers and added six rebounds.
  • Indiana (7-12) has lost nine of 12 since a 4-3 start.
  • The third meeting this season, and second in a week, with the defending champion Celtics led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen comes Sunday in Conseco Fieldhouse (6 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • Dec. 5, 2008 at Quicken Loans Arena
    Cavs 97, Pacers 73


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    (On the game): “We didn’t have any weapons to hang with them. They are a great basketball team and they are playing on all cylinders right now, and we didn’t have what it took.”

    (On having energy at the start of the game): “Yeah, it was a one-point ballgame at the end of the first quarter. I thought we had a good first quarter.”

    (On Anderson Varejao): “He’s a guy that, prior to tonight, was shooting 30 percent outside of five feet. We wanted to sag off of him and it didn’t work. He made shots.”

    (On using Stephen Graham in the rotation): “I wanted to give Steve a look. Sometimes, it’s better for rookies to watch.”

    (On clearing the bench in the third quarter): “We needed a new group in there to see if a new group could bring us any closer because the group that was in there was not playing at a level that was keeping us in the basketball game. So, we went with other people with hopes that they would give us a boost.”


    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    (On the Pacers and his performance): “That’s the way it is in the NBA. You hit a wall every now and then as a collective group. In my past few years, everybody just kind of hits a wall for a few games during the year. You could go across the board and see that everyone didn’t have it. That’s part of the NBA schedule (tough stretch against best NBA teams). You’ve got to fight through a lot of it. You play a lot of games, and it just wasn’t one or two of us, it was pretty much all of us.”

    (On incident with LeBron James): “He shoved me and I shoved him back. That was about it. I don’t know who got technicals or what, but that’s about it. I’ve got to hold my tongue.”

    (On his slow start in the first half): “Early, I was trying to get my teammates involved. I was passing the ball well. Toward the end, I tried to get myself going. It was just one of those nights. I can’t remember the last time I scored only four points in a game. It was one of those nights.”


    PACERS GUARD STEPHEN GRAHAM
    (On Cavs): “They executed and we didn’t have a response for it. It was another game that we have to look at, watch film, and learn from our mistakes.”

    (On Anderson Varejao and why he was effective): “Those guys were just hitting good shots. LeBron (James), Mo (Williams) did a good job of finding Anderson Varejao and Zydrunas Ilgauskas and they just hit shots tonight. We tried to contest, but they were just hitting shots.”


    CAVS COACH MIKE BROWN
    (On the game as a whole): “I thought we did a better job of attacking in the second half. The first half we had some open looks from three; we ended up shooting 14 and we weren’t as aggressive with the basketball as I thought we needed to be. In the second half, we turned it up. I thought we got to the paint, I thought we drove multiple times on each possession, we moved on penetration and that was beautiful to see. That resulted in 28 assists for our team. Our attacking was great offensively, and also offensively, I thought we did a nice job of not turning the basketball over.”

    (On Anderson Varejao): “I thought Andy did a heck of a job for us playing the right way. He set solid screens and then spaced the floor correctly after setting those screens. When you do that and you’re on this team, you’re going to get some great looks. He turned those great looks into made baskets. This is the second time that we’ve played this team where he has helped us go on a big run to create separation…tonight, I don’t know how many points he scored in a row, but he was hitting jump shot after jump shot.”

    (On the fourth quarter): “It was good to go into the fourth quarter knowing that we had to figure out a way to still be sharp and to win this ballgame. Indiana is a team that plays hard for 48 minutes, and I knew that we wouldn’t have a chance to take a breath and relax, so to see our guys respond the right way was fun to watch.”


    CAVS FORWARD LEBRON JAMES
    (On the team defense): “In order to continue to play the way we have been playing, we have to continue to defend. A really good offensive team came here tonight and for the most part they played particularly well until we decided to make stops and make our statement. We did that in the second half.”

    (On focusing on Granger): “He’s the key to their team and they’re not going to be as good as a scoring team if he’s not on. I took it upon myself to lock in on him tonight and let my team on the other end take care of the offense and they did that.”

    (On scoring 11 points and winning): “It was all about defense and we have enough guys that can score. My whole initial thought tonight was to take what the defense gives, but at the same time, I’m going to key on Danny (Granger) and than just go from there. Andy took care of it in the first half on the offensive end and then Z, Mo and the rest of the guys took care of it in the second half.”

    (On Varejao’s performance): “He was hot. I said before the game Andy has been working on getting better. He got hot and once you get hot, you continue to cast them up and he continued to make them. (Varejao) and Daniel carried us offensively in the first half and it was good to see Andy catch fire like that from the outside.”


    CAVS GUARD MO WILLIAMS
    (On continuing to win by a large margin): “We are playing extremely well. I’m pretty sure that (Coach) will figure out a way to let us know of things we can do better. As a team, we have got to take that challenge and to keep (ourselves) motivated. It is a motivation within itself to win a championship, and that’s our main goal.”

    (On making adjustments at halftime): “That’s exactly what it is, we make great adjustments. We come in (the locker room) and the coaching staff does a great job of getting us prepared to go back out for the second half. They do a great job of preparing for the game, but you never know how a team is going to respond to the way we are going to play. It might just be sitting down and giving it a little more effort or rotating a little bit faster. I think that in those third and fourth quarters, we do a better job of doing what we have to do. We don’t change much, we just execute a little bit better.”

    (On playing team defense): “That’s exactly what defense is. In Mike Brown’s system, it’s all five guys. We don’t just leave somebody on an island and say ‘Hey, stop this guy.’ You have got to have five guys helping each other every single time down the floor.”