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DANNY GRANGER
Scored 18 points, pulled 10 rebounds, blocked five shots and had three assists in another solid all-around performance.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 28:23 -2 David Harrison 11:36 -8
Travis Diener 25:26 -11 Troy Murphy 28:17 +6
Ike Diogu 2:46 -2 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 35:57 -15 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 20:43 -3 Kareem Rush 24:27 -7
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 40:32 +5 Shawne Williams 21:54 +2
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 40, Celtics 38
  • Fast-break points: Celtics 14, Pacers 5
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 17, Celtics 14
  • Points off turnovers: Celtics 20, Pacers 13
  • Starters scoring: Celtics 82, Pacers 53
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 44, Celtics 22
  • Including their 7-of-24 (.292) shooting against the Celtics, the Pacers have gone 26-of-88 (.295) from the 3-point line in the last three games.
    The final game before the All-Star break comes Wednesday in Detroit as the Pacers try to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Pistons (7:30 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070). Detroit has won nine in a row.

    Boston 104, Indiana 97
    Celtics hold on down the stretch

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 12, 2008


    Time and again, they've shown they can hang with the best teams in the league up to a point, but the Pacers have yet to prove they possess that necessary finishing kick to break the tape.

    Trailing the NBA's best team by one with 3:08 remaining, the Pacers produced just one point – that the result of a defensive three-second violation against Boston – while the Celtics pulled away for a 104-97 victory Tuesday before 13,603 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    "We didn't make the best of decisions and we missed a couple of shots right at the basket that would've turned the tide," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "But, they found a way to win and we didn't, so we move on."

    The Pacers (21-31) had their two-game winning streak snapped and lost for the eighth time in 10 games with another major challenge facing them Wednesday night in Detroit against a Pistons team riding an NBA-long nine-game winning streak.

    Neither team was particularly crisp in the fourth quarter, with the Pacers shooting 8-of-23 (.348) and the Celtics 6-of-19 (.316) but Boston did not commit any turnovers and outscored Indiana 9-2 from the free-throw line.

    "This was definitely a winnable game," said Danny Granger, who led six Pacers players in double figures with 18 points, adding 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. "We let it get away at the end with lack of execution and our usual letdown in the stretch. They're a good basketball team. They executed, defended and deserved to win. … This pattern is getting old and it's got to stop."

    Danny Granger led six Pacers players in double figures with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. Shawne Williams (14), Kareem Rush (13) and Marquis Daniels (10) keyed a strong second-unit effort that produced 44 bench points, doubling Boston's total. Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy scored 13 apiece.

    "We broke down at the end of the game as we have in past games," said Williams. "We must executive down the stretch on both ends of the court. The signs are there that we are getting better but staying with good teams and beating them are two different things."

    Williams' 3-pointer capped a 13-2 run that put the Pacers ahead 86-84 early in the fourth but the Celtics scored nine in a row, six from the line, to reclaim the lead, pushing the advantage to 93-86 on Ray Allen's 3-pointer. Williams and Granger combined for seven in an 8-2 counter that pulled the Pacers back to a 95-94 deficit with 3:08 remaining but the Pacers missed six straight shots as the Celtics pulled away.

    Paul Pierce scored 28 with 12 rebounds and five assists and Allen had 23 for the Celtics (40-9), who won their fourth in a row and improved to 6-2 without Kevin Garnett, who's out with a strained abdominal muscle.

    Noteworthy …


  • Travis Diener started his ninth consecutive game but couldn't finish. The point guard aggravated an existing right ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter during a rebound scrum when he stepped on official Bennett Salvatore's ankle. He's listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game in Detroit.
  • Both teams were missing two starters. Boston was without Garnett and center Kendrick Perkins (strained left shoulder), while the Pacers again played without forward Jermaine O'Neal and point guard Jamaal Tinsley, both out with left knee injuries.

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

    “Couple things in the fourth quarter really hurt us, turnovers and we missed a couple of shots right at the basket that could have turned the tide. I just thought the turnovers were unforced bad decisions.”
    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    “This was definitely a winnable game. We let it get away at the end with lack of execution and our usual letdown in the stretch. They’re a good basketball team. They executed, defended and deserved to win."
    (on his game) "I am getting more confident out there, shooting the ball better and I think my overall team play is improving."
    (on the Pacers losing) "This pattern is getting old and it’s got to stop.”
    PACERS FORWARD SHAWNE WILLIAMS
    “We broke down at the end as we have in past games. We must execute down the stretch on both ends of the court. The signs are there that we are getting better, but staying with good teams and beating them are two different things. We want to win and we just didn’t get it done tonight. We’ll have to do better tomorrow night.”
    CELTICS COACH DOC RIVERS
    “It was a quick start for Indiana. We thought we were them, Indiana is usually known for taking outside shots. I am really happy with the effort the team gave. Certain guys had it tonight and some guys didn’t. We’re starting to do a better job with turnovers."
    (on being the first team to reach 40 wins) I’m not looking at numbers and I didn’t even know we had made 40 wins. But we’re getting better and better. The guys controlled the ball game. We just need to keep improving. Every night is a new test.”
    CELTICS CENTER LEON POWE
    (on Celtics avoiding a letdown) "I think we made it through the first half alright, barely. There was a stretch in the second half where we let them get into the lane and gave up offensive rebounds a couple of times. We also let them get out in transition and we had to take that away. We were cross matching and we had some switches that we got caught on screens and there were a few times that we ended up with big on little. But we just had to fight through it. We’re trying to hold it down with the big fellows out. It’s going to take all of us to get a win.”
    CELTICS FORWARD PAUL PIERCE
    (on Rajon Rondo) "Rondo is picking his game up and is becoming one of the premier guards in the game. He has improved tremendously going from a backup a year ago to a starter now. He’s playing like a veteran and showing some maturity but he has definitely stepped it up by leaps and bounds."
    (on his offensive aggression) "I’m just trying to find different ways to help us win the ballgame. We are definitely undermanned on the interior without the big guys, but that’s no excuse. Our young guys have to step up and they are, primarily Glen Davis and we’re also getting good play from Eddie House on the perimeter. I tried to be a little more aggressive in the fourth quarter. I wanted to try and create and maybe it would open it up for my teammates.”