Player of the Game
DANNY GRANGER
Scored 26 points, adding eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Granger scored 10 of the Pacers' 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy 0 +1
Ford -20 -70 Foster -2 +1
Granger -3 -49 Hansbrough -4 -54
Head DNP +35 Hibbert +1 -20
D. Jones -16 -25 S. Jones DNP -30
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy -13 -95
Price DNP +7 Rush +2 -15
Watson +10 -18
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Jazz 38, Pacers 32
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 16, Jazz 10
  • Second-chance points: Jazz 14, Pacers 1
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 17, Jazz 13
  • Starters scoring: Jazz 79, Pacers 59
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 28, Jazz 17
  • Stat of the Night
    The Pacers' new starting lineup, used in the last two games, has been outscored 163-128.
    Noteworthy
  • Including 10 tonight, Danny Granger has totaled 31 points in the fourth quarters in three games on this road trip.
  • The Pacers are now 3-6 in their last nine games against the Jazz, and have lost four straight in Utah.
  • Indiana was outscored by 18 in the first quarter, the largest deficit in any quarter this season.
  • The Pacers went scoreless from the field for six minutes and 45 seconds in the first quarter.
  • In winning its previous three games, Utah averaged 59 points and 64 percent shooting in the first halves. Against the Pacers, the Jazz produced 57 points on 50 percent shooting in the first half.
  • Utah wore retro uniforms, donning the green of the 1979-80 season, when the team was in New Orleans. The Pacers thus had the rare experience of wearing home whites on the road.
  • Prior to the game, the Jazz activated guard/forward C.J. Miles and placed guard Ronnie Price (sprained left big toe) on the inactive list along with forward Matt Harpring (ankle/knee).
  • The Jazz announced earlier Friday that Harpring would miss the rest of the season and could be facing the end of his career after numerous surgeries.
  • Up Next
    The four-game, six-day road trip concludes Saturday in Los Angeles against Eric Gordon and the Clippers (10:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Slow start dooms Pacers in loss to Jazz


    END RESULT
    The Pacers tried to recover from a bad start but the hole they dug in the first quarter proved too deep to conquer. Trailing 22-3 in the opening minutes, the Pacers cut the deficit to four points in the fourth quarter but could get no closer and fell 96-87 Friday in Salt Lake City to the Utah Jazz, who got 35 points and 13 rebounds from Carlos Boozer and had two other players with double-doubles. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 26, 10 in the fourth quarter.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers lost their fourth in a row overall, fifth straight on the road, and eighth in nine games to fall to 6-11 overall. Utah, which had been off since Monday, won its fourth in a row, seventh in eight games and improved to 11-7 overall, 8-3 at home.

    QUOTABLE
  • "Our guys played with a tremendous amount of force, when they got down, and they competed and they put themselves in a position to win, but we missed way too many foul shots.” -- Jim O'Brien.
  • “You’re not going to win many games getting out to a start like that. We really put ourselves behind the eight ball, and it was just too big a lead for us to come back. We got it to four, but we couldn’t get over that hump. We just can’t put ourselves in that kind of position." -- Troy Murphy.
  • "We go on these stretches where we get out of character, teams run up a lot of points and then we are trying to fight back at the end of the game. We can’t win like that." -- Danny Granger.

    TURNING POINTS
    Utah came out hot, scoring 19 in a row to take a 22-3 lead in the first quarter as the Pacers started 1-of-10 from the field with five turnovers. Down 18 heading into the second, the Pacers got a big lift from their bench and hit their first seven shots in putting together a 19-8 run to cut the deficit to 40-33. They trailed just 51-44 with the ball in the final minute of the half but a turnover led to a three-point play for Wesley Matthews and the rookie closed the half with a 3-pointer, quickly pushing the Utah advantage to 57-44 at the break.

    The Pacers did not relent, putting together a 16-6 run in the third period behind Troy Murphy and T.J. Ford, who combined for 14 of the points, to close to 74-67, and the Jazz took a 79-70 lead into the fourth quarter.

    A 3-pointer by Granger followed by a corner jumper from Brandon Rush pulled the Pacers to 82-78 and Mike Dunleavy's layup made it 84-80 with 5:55 to go, but Indiana would make just two more baskets. Even so, they trailed just 92-87 after Ford's layup with 1:54 left but came up empty on their final four possessions.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Granger's 26 points game on 7-of-19 shooting, 2-of-9 from the 3-point line. He mad 10-of-11 free throws and pulled eight rebounds, adding three assists, two steals and a block. Murphy had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Ford scored 13 with three assists and Dunleavy had 10 off the bench. The Pacers shot .397 for the game and were outrebounded 53-38.

    Boozer made 14-of-21 shots on the way to his 35 points, adding 13 boards. Deron Williams had 11 points and 13 assists and Paul Millsap 11 points and 12 boards off the bench. Rookie Wesley Matthews set his season/career high with 18 points and Mehmut Okur added 13. Utah shot .435 overall and missed 10 free throws but enjoyed a 14-1 advantage in second-chance points.