MARQUIS DANIELS
Changed the direction of the game off the bench, confounding the Memphis defense on the way to 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, adding four rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes.
RICK CARLISLE
"It was a struggle but Memphis is a hard team to play. We finally were able to get some stops in the third and fourth and the game turned in our direction. You've got to give the bench a lot of credit. They brought a lot of energy and scored a load of points. If we can establish a strong bench that can be who we are as a team, it's got to be something we strive to do."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 58, Grizzlies 46
Fast-break points:
Grizzlies 16, Pacers 14
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 22, Grizzlies 20
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 24, Grizzlies 14
Starters scoring:
Grizzlies 73, Pacers 49
Bench scoring:
Pacers 65, Grizzlies 31
The Pacers' 65 bench points shattered the previous season high of 48, reached three times.
Michael Redd's return from a lengthy injury absence has been targeted for after the All-Star break, which could mean a date with the Pacers when they return from hiatus next Wednesday against the Bucks in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • INDIANA 114, MEMPHIS 104
    Daniels, Granger Spark Big Bench Night

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 14, 2007


    The lineup experiment had the desired effect for the second unit. The starters, on the other hand, may need a Plan B. Hoping to inject energy into the first unit while adding punch to the second, Coach Rick Carlisle opted to give rookie forward Shawne Williams a start Wednesday against Memphis, moving Danny Granger to the bench. Though Williams played just six minutes, Granger combined with Marquis Daniels to spark the reserve to a season-high 65 points in a 114-104 victory over Memphis Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The change in Granger's status had nothing to do with his fall in Sunday's victory over the Clippers, though he may have played his way right back into the lineup, scoring 21 points. Though he started the third period, Granger may remain on the bench as Carlisle said he would use the All-Star break to ponder the possibilities. Daniels scored 18 points in 25 minutes as the reserves more than doubled the output of their Memphis counterparts, who managed just 31 points.

    The Pacers (28-24) head into the break with a two-game winning streak and a 17-10 home record. The Grizzlies (14-40), who had won two of their previous three, fell to 3-23 on the road and remain winless in 11 trips to Indianapolis.


    PLUSES

    Aside from Granger and Daniels, Jeff Foster (eight points, seven rebounds), Darrell Armstrong (eight points, five assists, two steals) and Ike Diogu (10 points, three rebounds) all brought important production from the bench. Among the starters, Jermaine O'Neal scored 23 points with nine rebounds and three blocked shots and Mike Dunleavy fought through a rough shooting night (5-of-14) to contribute 14 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Though Memphis seemed to score at will most of the night, the Grizzlies were limited to 7-of-20 shooting and 21 points in the fourth quarter.
    MINUSES
    Rookie Rudy Gay showed signs of things to come, scoring 31 points on 13-of-19 shooting, adding six rebounds and two blocked shots. Pau Gasol had strong numbers inside with 19 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Mike Miller scored 10 in the first quarter but finished with just 12, going 1-of-7 in the final three periods. Hakim Warrick was the only Memphis reserve to bring any heat, scoring 15 points in 19 minutes.
    MOMENTS
    The Grizzlies were in a groove early with Miller and Gasol combining for 18 points in the first quarter. The reserves reversed that momentum with a 10-point run that gave the Pacers a 42-39 lead midway through the second quarter, but Gay pushed Memphis to a 56-51 lead at the break with a late 3-pointers.

    Indiana's first unit had a 9-1 run early in the third to regain the advantage, 62-59. Though Memphis tied the game four times thereafter, the visitors were never again able to reclaim the lead. The Pacers led 87-83 entering the fourth, and then Daniels took over. He scored eight points in a 19-6 run that pushed the lead to 110-94 with 5:40 remaining, but things weren't quite done.

    The Pacers missed their next eight shots as Memphis scored eight straight to close to 110-102 with 1:53 left but O'Neal converted a pair of free throws, then ended the field-goal drought with a jumper that closed the scoring.


    TIDBITS
  • Williams had two points and four rebounds in his start.
  • The game was officiated by a two-man crew (Greg Willard and Tony Brothers). The third official (Jason Phillips) was ill.
  • Indiana's 36 third-quarter points were a season-high for that period.
  • The Grizzlies also made a late lineup change, inserting Chucky Atkins for Damon Stoudamire.