Player of the Game
Though listed as doubtful because of a bruised heel that required treatment during the game, Granger scored 31 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-10 from the 3-point line, adding four rebounds in 34 minutes.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 23:08 -7 Jeff Foster 15:51 +2
Danny Granger 34:19 -19 Tyler Hansbrough DNP ---
Luther Head 15:56 +12 Roy Hibbert 25:15 -16
Dahntay Jones 26:29 -4 Solomon Jones 17:31 -4
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 37:23 -11
A.J. Price DNP --- Brandon Rush 19:16 -11
Earl Watson 24:52 +3
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Hawks 54, Pacers 38
  • Fast-break points: Hawks 18, Pacers 17
  • Second-chance points: Hawks 8, Pacers 6
  • Points off turnovers: Hawks 32, Pacers 13
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 49, Hawks 29
  • Stat of the Night
    After ranking 27th in the NBA in points allowed (108.2) and 21st in field goal percentage allowed (.473) on the road last season, the Pacers opened 2009-10 by giving up 120 points on .529 shooting.
  • The Hawks ranked fourth in the NBA in fewest points off turnovers allowed last season (14.0) and yielded just 13 to the Pacers in 11 turnovers, while Indiana surrendered 32 points off 25 turnovers.
  • The Pacers dropped their fifth straight in Atlanta, but lost for just the second time in their last eight season-openers.
  • Earl Watson scored 20 on 7-of-8 shooting, while Dahntay Jones contributed 17 as the second unit racked up 49 points.
  • Troy Murphy had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high-tying seven assists but did not score in the second half.
  • All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures, led by Joe Johnson (25), Al Horford (24 with 16 rebounds) and Josh Smith (18 with eight assists).
  • The Pacers led 101-100 with 9:04 remaining but were outscored 20-8 the rest of the way.
  • Up Next
    The Pacers' home-opener comes Friday at 8 p.m. against Dywane Wade, Jermaine O'Neal and the Miami Heat (Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan AM). The game will be preceded by a free block party including a concert by Third Eye Blind.
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  • Oct. 28, 2009 at Atlanta
    Hawks 120, Pacers 109

    “It was an interesting game, especially in the first half. Our shots were definitely falling, and that gave us confidence. Danny (Granger) played big for us, which is what we expect from him. I think what really helped (the Hawks) tonight was all of the turnovers.You can’t do that against good teams like Atlanta.”

    “I expected the pace to be fast. This is the kind of pace that I like to play at what we planned for. I think we did a great job getting up and down the court, but we didn’t expect to have 25 turnovers, which was the key to the game. Besides the turnovers, tonight’s pace was definitely the pace we plan to play at.”

    “I don’t really know how many turnovers we had tonight, but I know that’s the reason that we lost this game. When you turn the ball over that many times in this league, you’re not going to win. It definitely led to more possessions for the Hawks tonight."

    "We were already having trouble stopping them, and this made the game that much harder. When the other team has the ball many more times than you, that’s pretty much the recipe for a loss.”

    "It’s good to be home, but it didn’t feel good tonight. We stepped on the court intending to win, so it’s not going to feel good going back to my new home tonight. Having played here, I knew that the crowd was going to get behind the Hawks, and that’s when it’s really hard to play here."

    "We expected this to be a tough game. They’ve become one of the better teams in the East, so you have to be prepared when you play them. Because we had too many turnovers tonight, we didn’t put ourselves in a good position to win.”

    (On Horford): “He had a monster game. He scored the ball, he rebounded the ball, he protected the paint when guys got beat off the dribble down there. He was huge tonight.”

    “They’re a tough team from an offensive standpoint. They keep you on your heels by pushing the ball constantly and if you’re not back and matching up with their three-point shooters, they’re capable of making shots like they did tonight. But I thought that fourth quarter, when we really had to nail it down defensively, guys stepped up and made the plays they had to make defensively.”

    (On playing 10 guys in the third quarter): “We’re all trying to get used to one another. They’re especially trying to get used to me and what I’m expecting when they’re out on the floor. Overall, I thought it was a great effort on everybody’s part, and we were able to secure the win, and that’s what’s important.”

    “For it to be the first game, you have so many jitters and you’re so anxious to get out there and play, I really just wanted to get into the flow of the game early. But it doesn’t always work that way, so I just tried to pick my spots. Al and Josh played great tonight. I thought they were the two guys that got us over the hump.”

    (On the offensive output): “I know guys like Josh and Al worked on their games over the summer, and you can tell. I know it’s just the first game, but you can tell they’ve been working. I’m glad they came back with the mindset that they have and that’s what it’s going to take to get us over the top.”

    (On opening night) “We were really excited, excited to get the season going. We wanted to come and play aggressive.”

    “Mike (Bibby) was doing a good job of getting the ball in the right spots and I was just shooting with confidence. That’s something that I’ve worked on all offseason with Mark Price and it’s paying off right now.”