KAREEM RUSH
Scored 24 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, hitting 10-of-13 shots overall including 3-of-5 from the arc, adding seven rebounds off the bench.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 26:23 +12 David Harrison 10:45 +4
Travis Diener 21:37 -9 Troy Murphy 30:33 -8
Ike Diogu 5:43 +2 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 39:30 0 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 32:05 +5 Kareem Rush 28:19 +8
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 40:19 +3 Shawne Williams 4:46 -2
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Knicks 40, Pacers 38
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 10, Knicks 0
  • Second-chance points: Knicks 18, Pacers 17
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 35, Knicks 6
  • Starters scoring: Knicks 81, Pacers 60
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 43, Knicks 19
  • Marquis Daniels had made two 3-pointers (in 19 attempts) in his previous 20 games, but made two in the fourth quarter to help the Pacers rally from a seven-point deficit.
    The Pacers return home to face the resurgent Portland Trail Blazers Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Indiana 103, New York 100
    Rush, Daniels key streak-breaker

    At New York | Feb. 6, 2008


    Running out of point guards, not to mention viable offensive options, the Pacers needed some help from unusual sources. They got just what they needed from Kareem Rush, Marquis Daniels and a team defense that finally stood firm down the stretch.

    Rush scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including the final two baskets in a 13-3 run that turned a five-point deficit into a five-point lead with 1:26 left. Moved to the point because of injuries to Travis Diener and Jamaal Tinsley, Daniels scored nine of his 13 in the final period, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to spark the comeback, and played a vital role in quelling a potential offensive eruption from New York's Jamal Crawford, as the Pacers beat the Knicks 103-100 Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden.

    The Pacers (20-30) snapped a seven-game losing streak while the Knicks (14-35) lost their seventh in a row. Indiana has won three in a row in the Garden for the first time ever.

    "It feels good," said Rush. "We've been struggling for a long time. It feels good to get off this losing streak. Hopefully we can go home and finish off the first part of the season good.

    "It takes the pressure off your shoulders. It's kind of a drag when you lose seven in a row. You don't know what to do. You feel bad every day. But we came out and got the win tonight and we're so happy right now, I can't even explain it."

    In what was a close game throughout, with neither team leading by more than seven, the Knicks used a 16-6 run – with seven points coming from Crawford – to take an 88-81 lead with 7:26 remaining. With Daniels taking Crawford out of the picture, the Knicks made only two field goals in the final 8:20, and both were accidental.

    Zach Randolph scored with 2:45 remaining when Jeff Foster stripped Eddy Curry in the lane and the ball deflected right into Randolph's waiting hands. Randolph scored again with 32 seconds left when his errant 3-pointer banked in, cutting the deficit to 103-100.

    Renaldo Balkman blocked Danny Granger's drive, giving the Knicks one last shot at a tie but Daniels got double-team help on Crawford, who could do no better than a tightly guarded desperation airball at the buzzer.

    "That's been our problem, having a complete game," Rush said. "We came out and played 48 minutes and got the defensive stops down the stretch and guys played big. We're happy. Hopefully we can continue to play well."

    Rush, who shot 10-of-13 and pulled seven rebounds, led seven Pacers players in double figures. Mike Dunleavy had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds but shot just 5-of-19, Granger scored 16, Troy Murphy 15 with seven rebounds, Daniels 13 with three assists and Jeff Foster 10. The Pacers shot poorly from the 3-point line (9-of-31) and were badly outrebounded (49-34) but forced 18 turnovers – converting them into 35 points -- while committing just six.

    Tinsley was on the inactive list due to pain in his left knee. Diener started his seventh game in a row but couldn't finish due to soreness in his right foot.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    (On Kareem Rush and Marquis Daniels) “Kareem was hot. Marquis had a great game as a back-up point guard. Travis (Diener) had some mid-foot pains like he was experiencing so we went with Marquis. Kareem knocked down some shots tonight.”

    (On Marquis Daniels) “He played well tonight. Certainly, it is important for Marquis to have a good game to really help us win a basketball game because we need him to play well.”

    (On Michael Dunleavy) “Michael did a great job of driving the basketball. We mentioned it almost in every huddle that everybody needed to drive the basketball the way Michael did it. Then Kareem (Rush) started to do it.”

    (On Jeff Foster & Michael Dunleavy running pick-and-roll) “We run that a lot because they are really good together. What makes it really good is that Jeff sets solid screens and then explodes off the screens to the basket. If the big guy comes to Mike, he really has a way to find Jeff.”

    PACERS GUARD MARQUIS DANIELS
    (On tonight’s game) “I just have to take advantage when my number is called.”

    (On the playoff race) “Any win right now. We just have to hope we can carry over with this win.”

    (On the end of the game) “We stepped it up defensively. We rebounded the ball, executed on the other end and made our free-throws.”

    PACERS CENTER JERMAINE O'NEAL
    (On the rest of his season) “Don’t ever give up no matter up, especially now. The last two years I have had a lot to deal with on and off the court. Guys like Isiah (Thomas) got me to keep going.”

    (On the Knicks) “Isiah is one of those guys, people see him smile all of the time, (but) he is much, much different in the locker room. He wants the team to do well. They have a lot of guys that do things very well.”