Scored 23 of his 35 points in the seocnd half, finishing 12-of-22 from the field, including 4-of-11 from the 3-point line, adding four rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 29:37 0 Jeff Foster 20:22 -3
Stephen Graham 10:39 +1 Danny Granger 38:04 -8
Roy Hibbert 25:56 -5 Jarrett Jack 40:44 -3
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 38:47 -4
Rasho Nesterovic DNP --- Brandon Rush 35:51 +2
  • Points in the paint: Hawks 42, Pacers 40
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 23, Hawks 19
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 15, Hawks 13
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 18, Hawks 18
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 99, Hawks 93
  • Bench scoring: Hawks 29, Pacers 19
  • The Pacers (34-45) were officially eliminated from the playoffs for the third year in a row, the first time that's happened since a five-year drought from 1982-86.
  • With 35, Granger had his fifth game of at least 30 points in the last seven.
  • Troy Murphy tied Clark Kellogg's franchise NBA record for double-doubles in a season (47) by recording 21 points and 10 rebounds. He added four assists.
  • Roy Hibbert had his third straight double-figures scoring game with 16, adding eight rebounds and two assists.
  • Point guards Jarrett Jack and T.J. Ford combined for nine of the Pacers' 14 turnovers.
  • Atlanta (46-34) clinched fourth place in the Eastern Conference and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Josh Smith scord 30 with 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
  • Joe Johnson scored 24, while Al Horford had 22 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.
  • The Pacers led 74-67 midway through the third period but Atlanta scored 14 in a row and did not relinquish the lead thereafter.
  • Atlanta welcomed the return of Marvin Williams, who missed the previous 16 games with a back injury. He played 12 minutes off the bench.
  • Hawks starting small forward Maurice Evans missed the game due to a family emergency. Mario West started in his place.
  • THe Pacers return home to face the Detroit Pistons Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • April 10, 2009 at Atlanta
    Hawks 122, Pacers 118

    “We just didn’t have enough to beat them tonight. When they made their run, we lost our concentration. We turned the ball over and didn’t challenge any shots. At one point in time, we only challenged two of 16 shots, and that’s not going to help you."

    "They have a great backcourt. When you look at (Mike) Bibby and Joe Johnson’s statistics, it’s a great combination.”

    “Hopefully we’ll be able to come back next year and get our franchise back on top."

    "Our intentions were to win this game, although our playoff chances were very slim. These last four games we’ve been trying just to see what happens, but unfortunately we’re not in the same position the Hawks are in. They closed the door on any hopes we had to make the playoffs tonight.”

    "We came out and worked hard and fought hard tonight. They’re an athletic bunch, and coach warned us is that the third quarter is when they make their runs, and we weren’t able to withstand their runs tonight."

    "Of course we wanted to come in and spoil their celebration tonight. I see a lot of these guys in the offseason, the Hawks have worked hard all year to put themselves in this position, and you can see that it has paid off."

    "This is definitely the highlight of my season coming back to Atlanta and seeing a lot of familiar faces.”

    “I couldn’t be more happy for a group of guys who stuck in there the whole season. Some predicted we wouldn’t make it to the playoffs, but they fought all year to get to this point. It started back in camp about being in the top four spots, and it held true. I’m so happy for that locker room. We’ve accomplished that, and now we need to stay focused for these last two games, and start preparing for the playoffs.”

    “I will start to rest guys, but they have to understand that they need to stay in top shape in practice, and take care of their bodies on and off the floor.”

    “This team is different than last year. We had to fight just to get in and made a series out of the first round. This year is a lot different and it started from day one. We are playing good ball. We have won 12 of the last 18 games to put us in this position. I’d like to win these last two and give some big minutes to the guys who may need it.”

    “It felt good to get back out on the floor. We had a complete team effort. It had nothing to do with me personally, but I’ve been out more than five weeks, so it was good to get back out there with my teammates. I haven’t run in a few weeks, but it felt good.”

    “I’ll tell you who had a great game- Josh Smith. You could see the look on his face when he walked into the arena, that he was going to have a good game. We all knew coming in that we wanted to clinch the fourth spot, and it showed tonight.”

    “Words cannot describe how I feel. Personally for me, when I came into the league we won 13 games, and now being able to clinch the fourth spot is special. Even last year making the playoffs, people were counting us out saying we weren’t going to even make the playoffs this year but we proved them wrong.”

    “We needed this game. We knew the teams we were playing the last few times did not have a winning record, but they were playing hard in the games before coming here. I knew it was important for us to come out and establish ourselves early and it led to a win.”