T.J. FORD
Scored 29 points, 20 in the second half, making 12-of-23 from the field, adding five assists, five rebounds and a steal.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 35:54 -24
Travis Diener 6:17 +8 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 38:10 -15 Jeff Foster 21:46 -2
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger DNP ---
Roy Hibbert 27:55 -14 Jarrett Jack 38:44 -8
Josh McRoberts 1:45 -1 Troy Murphy 29:59 -9
Rasho Nesterovic 10:46 -3 Brandon Rush 28:44 -2
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 54, Hawks 42
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 27, Hawks 17
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 12, Hawks 10
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 10, Hawks 6
  • Starters scoring: Hawks 85, Pacers 69
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 18, Hawks 16
  • After following their last seven losses with a victory, the Pacers have lost a second consecutive game for the first time since early February.
  • Danny Granger had hoped to return from his right foot injury but instead missed his 11th consecutive game. The Pacers are 6-5 in that span.
  • T.J. Ford scored the Pacers' final 14 points and had 20 of their final 35.
  • Roy Hibbert had 15 points, seven rebounds and just two personal fouls in 28 minutes but managed just one point and one rebound in the second half.
  • Jarrett Jack, Marquis Daniels and Troy Murphy, players that had combined for nearly 60 points per game in the previous 10, totaled 25 points on 11-of-38 shooting (.289) against the Hawks.
  • Murphy's double-double streak ended at 11. He had seven points and 14 rebounds.
  • Atlanta won its fourth in a row and in that span has allowed an average of 85.5 points.
  • Johnson led Atlanta (38-28) with 30 points, but all five starters scored in double figures.
  • Al Horford had 17 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
  • The Pacers led 46-34 late in the first half and were down just 66-64 late in the third but the Hawks scored 13 in a row to break it open.
  • The weekend road trip concludes Sunday in Toronto against the Raptors (1070 The Fan). Please note, the game will not be televised by Fox Sports Indiana.
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  • March 13, 2009 at Atlanta
    Hawks 101, Pacers 87


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “I think the Hawks did a better job picking up the intensity in the second half. We didn’t do a good job of defending in transition, or attacking their switching. Our best defender for Joe Johnson was out tonight, so Joe was definitely a tough matchup for us tonight."

    "Roy (Hibbert) struggled at the defensive end tonight, guarding pick-and-rolls. The game is played at both ends of the court, and you need to have a balanced attack offensively and defensively if you’re going to win in this league.”


    PACERS GUARD T.J. FORD
    “We weren’t able to knock down any shots, and I think we gave up more transition baskets in the second half. I think we protected the basket well, but we just didn’t do well with our transition defense."

    "Tonight we didn’t take care of the small details, and that’s why it was a tale of two halves tonight. The Hawks had better energy than us in the second half, and that was the difference tonight.”


    PACERS GUARD JARRETT JACK
    “This is a game that we definitely thought we had control of early. We pushed the lead out, but they kept fighting. We tried to maintain, but eventually they went on a run of their own."

    "Joe Johnson is a great player. There’s a reason why he’s an All-Star. Tonight he was definitely a match up problem for us. We kept getting caught up in transition, and Joe was able to take advantage of that.”

    “The Eastern Conference has definitely come a long way. The playoff race is definitely nip-and-tuck at this point. There’s a lot of talent over here, and it’s not how it used to be.”


    HAWKS COACH MIKE WOODSON
    (On Joe Johnson’s third straight 30-point game): “He’s playing pretty well, but we’re playing pretty good as a team from a defensive standpoint. We are really getting after people, and that’s what we have to do the next 17 games.”

    (On Josh Smith’s recent play): “He’s been active the last four games. He’s really been active, and that’s how we need him to play. He and Al Horford have been a nice tandem inside for us in terms of rebounding and scoring a little bit for us, and plugging it up from a defensive standpoint.”

    “They kind of had their way in the first quarter. And give them credit. They made shots. We just didn’t make stops, and couldn’t make shots. Our defense picked it up in the second quarter, and we were able to close the lead a little bit going into halftime.”


    HAWKS FORWARD MAURICE EVANS
    “Obviously everybody has to step up. It takes a complete team effort. And tonight, we had a lot of different guys stepping up and it’s going to continue to take that type of effort with the caliber of teams coming in here during this home stretch.”

    “I thought we came out really flat and lethargic in the first half. We knew we had to bring better intensity in the second half.”


    HAWKS CENTER AL HORFORD
    “The first quarter didn’t go the way we wanted, but I think we responded well once we got into the flow of the game a little bit. They are so big inside, and have a lot of good rebounders, so I was just trying to create space and get what I could.”

    “I’m pleased with the way we’ve played on this homestand, especially considering the loss of Marvin, but the tough teams just keep on coming, when you look at Portland coming in on Sunday. We can’t relax at all, we just have to continue the way we’re playing and try to protect our playoff position.”