Inside the Game: Pacers 122, Jazz 106 100326
Player of the Game
Scored a career-high 44 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot in a dazzling performance.
Points in the paint:
Pacers 36, Jazz 28
Pacers 9, Jazz 8
Pacers 12, Jazz 7
Points off turnovers:
Jazz 16, Pacers 13
Pacers 93, Jazz 85
Pacers 29, Jazz 21
Stat of the Night
In the final 16:43 of the game, the Pacers outscored the Jazz 54-26. Granger nearly outscored the Jazz by himself with 25.
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Utah was doing what it does, methodically making its way toward another victory, opening up a 12-point lead with five minutes left in the third quarter.
And then it was as if a switch flipped, the Pacers turned on and the lights went out on the Jazz.
With Danny Granger scoring 25 of his career-high 44 points in the final 17 minutes, the Pacers put together a stunning rally to whip the Jazz 122-106 Friday before 15,463 frenzied fans in Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers won their fifth in a row, tying the season-best win streak and their seventh straight at home, where they're 19-16. Indiana is 27-46 overall. In the last seven games, the Pacers have won six – three over playoff teams (Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Utah) – with the only loss coming by five points in Cleveland. Utah had won three in a row by an average margin of 19.7 points but that streak was snapped, as was a streak of four straight wins in the series. The Jazz dropped to 47-26 overall, 18-18 on the road.
The Pacers again started well, jumping out to a 26-19 lead but the Jazz put together a 14-2 run to take a 33-28 lead early in the second period. Consecutive 3-pointers from Mike Dunleavy tied it at 40-all but the Jazz scored 10 in a row and wound up taking a 61-54 lead into the break.
Deron Williams appeared to have things under control, scoring seven in a row and assisting on the other bucket in a 9-2 run that gave Utah an 80-68 lead with 5:02 remaining. But a youthful lineup featuring A.J. Price, Josh McRoberts and Roy Hibbert created a brushfire with their energy – and Granger turned it into a full-fledged inferno.
Granger scored 14 points in a staggering 28-3 run that put the Pacers ahead 96-83 with 9:12 remaining, including seven in the first 2 minutes of the fourth quarter – a four-point play followed by a 3-pointer. Utah tried to regroup but could not put together any kind of a run against an aggressive Indiana defense, eventually collapsing under the onslaught of a franchise-record 17 3-pointers by the Pacers.
BY THE NUMBERS
Granger's fourth straight game of at least 30 points (and eighth in his last 16) broke down like this: 14-of-23 from the field, 5-of-10 from the 3-point line and 11-of-15 from the line. He also had eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot. And plenty of help.
Troy Murphy scored 17 with nine rebounds. Hibbert had 14 points, six assists and five blocked shots. Brandon Rush scored 14. Price scored 12 in 16 minutes off the bench and McRoberts had another strong game with 11 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 28 minutes. The Pacers shot 51 percent overall and were 17-of-36 (.472) from the arc.
While the Pacers had balance, Utah had little beyond three stars with double-doubles. Mehmet Okur had 27 points and 12 rebounds. Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 11 boards. Deron Williams had 21 points and 12 assists. But those three had to work for their points, combining to shoot 22-of-54 (.407) while the rest of the Jazz combined for 36 points. Utah shot 43 percent and was a solid 10-of-18 from the arc.