MIKE DUNLEAVY
Scored 36 points for the fifth time this season, and third against the Knicks, making 12-of-19 shots, including 6-of-8 from the 3-point line, adding seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 8:18 -2 David Harrison 22:46 +9
Travis Diener DNP --- Troy Murphy 36:46 +13
Ike Diogu 10:17 -1 Jermaine O'Neal 12:00 0
Mike Dunleavy 41:09 +16 Andre Owens 17:51 +11
Jeff Foster DNP --- Kareem Rush DNP ---
Stephen Graham 7:38 +1 Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 38:53 +5 Shawne Williams 14:13 -5
Flip Murray 30:09 -2
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Knicks 42
  • Fast-break points: Knicks 19, Pacers 11
  • Second-chance points: Knicks 18, Pacers 11
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 15, Knicks 14
  • Starters scoring: Knicks 94, Pacers 91
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 41, Knicks 29
  • In leading the Pacers' first-ever season series sweep of the Knicks, Dunleavy averaged 31.3 points against New York.
    The draft lottery on May 20 will determine the Pacers' first-round pick in the NBA Draft on June 26. They currently hold the 11th draft slot, with a roughly 3 percent chance of drawing one of the top three picks.
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  • Season plus-minus rankings
  • Recap | Box score
  • Indiana 132, New York 123
    Dunleavy does it to Knicks one last time

    By Conrad Brunner | April 16, 2008


    As he looked ahead to next season, Mike Dunleavy pondered the number that he'd get stuck on in 2008-09.

    "Hopefully 50," he said.

    That would be particularly bad news for the Knicks. Dunleavy matched his career high once again, scoring 36 for the fifth time this season – and third against the Knicks -- in leading a 132-123 victory in the regular-season finale Wednesday before a sellout crowd of 18,165 on Fan Appreciation Night in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    "Michael's stuck on 36; I think he has a ceiling," said Coach Jim O'Brien with a laugh. "As long as he keeps getting 36, that'll be fine."

    Though Dunleavy's big game and the victory lightened the mood, it did little to ease the team's frustration at a second consecutive season without a playoff berth. Though Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley combined to miss 83 games, crippling the starting lineup, O'Brien still believed the postseason was within reach.

    "I don't care who was out, who was injured," he said, "my job is to get these guys into the playoffs and the fact we didn't get there is very disappointing . ...

    "We need to turn this around, and turn it around with toughness, dependability, guys that love the Pacers organization. I have no doubt we'll get there."

    The game marked Donnie Walsh's first trip back to Conseco Fieldhouse with an opposing franchise. Walsh, who guided the Pacers' basketball operations for 22 seasons, left to take over as President of the Knicks on April 2.

    IMPACT
    By winning 11 of their final 16 games, including eight of 10 at home, the Pacers finished 36-46, ninth in the Eastern Conference, one game out of the playoff spot secured by eighth-place Atlanta. Asked if the one-game improvement over last season's 35-47 finish held any meaning, O'Brien answered, "At this rate, we'll get 50 wins when I'm 70, so the answer would be no." They swept the season series from the Knicks for the first time in 32 years of competition, as New York finished 23-59, 14th in the East.

    TURNING POINT
    The only run of any substance came in the second period when Dunleavy and Danny Granger combined for 10 points in a 14-0 run that gave the Pacers a 51-43 lead. Though they did not trail again, they were unable to pull away until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to a trio of 3-pointers from Granger.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    The Pacers established a season-high point total in their final game, getting 26 (with six rebounds and two blocks) from Granger and a near triple-double (19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists) from Troy Murphy. David Harrison scored 13, making 7-of-10 from the line, and Andre Owens scored 12. The Pacers shot .506 overall and 11-of-19 (.579) from the 3-point line. The defense held the Knicks to .408 shooting.

    LOWLIGHTS
    Jamal Crawford proved unguardable, scoring all 25 of his points in the first half. Zach Randolph produced his usual impressive statistics with 23 points and 15 rebounds and ex-Pacer Fred Jones scored 20. The Knicks were the latest team to hurt the Pacers on the offensive boards, piling up 18 second-chance points.

    NOTEWORTHY
  • Walsh was presented with an engraved glass reproduction of the Pacers logo in a pregame ceremony featuring co-owner Herbert Simon and President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird.
  • The Pacers started without Jeff Foster (fractured right kneecap) and Travis Diener (sore left foot). Marquis Daniels joined them on the bench after spraining his right ankle in the first half.
  • With Foster out, O'Neal started for the first time since Jan. 16.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
  • “Ended on an up note. Mike is stuck on 36 (points). He has a ceiling. Both teams were very sluggish but we did what we had to do. I’m very disappointed we didn’t make the playoffs. I don’t care who is out or who is injured. We need to make sure players wearing Pacers uniforms next year are mentally and physically tough. All the veterans, Danny, Mike, Jermaine, all the veterans, we need to turn this around with toughness, dependability and guys that love the Pacers organization. We are evaluating everything. I think (the team) will be different depending on what you can get done. However long it takes to get the type of people to get to the next level, we need to be willing to do it. I think for Mike Dunleavy and Danny Granger they both had great seasons. Having those two guys in the fold gives everybody in the organization hope.”
  • PACERS GUARD DANNY GRANGER
  • (On tonight’s finish) "We wanted to go out on a positive note and a strong finish. The season didn’t go as well as we would have liked. We showed a lot of positive things but just couldn’t string them together. We have some very good young basketball players and we hope that they learned as much as we did this year."
  • (On being the team leader) "Next year, I hope to be the team leader not only on points and the game itself but overall, on and off the court. I have to be positive all the time and this has to spill over to our other guys. We can take the positives and really build a good season. We showed what we could do in flashes and now we just have to be more consistent.”
  • PACERS CENTER DAVID HARRISON
  • “I felt good out there tonight and we were really trying to get something started tonight to jump start on next year. As far as my situation, I don’t know what next year will bring for me. It was a sad night because we know some of us will not be back together next year. So I can only work on my game, work on my physical condition and hopefully return next year. It is not up to me. I like it here and would like to stay. But I do not hold the key to the future.”
  • KNICKS COACH ISIAH THOMAS
  • (On his feelings on this possibly being his last game as Knicks head coach) "I will wait and see what Donnie (Walsh) has to say. He’s our boss. Whatever he asks us to do…we’ll do. This has just been a difficult year out on the floor. I like the growth and maturity they showed as men.”
  • KNICKS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD
  • “It’s been a very disappointing season. I never thought we’d be where we are today. Hopefully guys will grow as players and we’ll be better for next year. It’s tough on everybody in here. Everybody likes Coach Thomas. He brought everyone here. I try to put this situation in prospective. Doc Rivers last year with Boston won like 15 or 16 games and now there is a possibility of him being coach of the year. Of course it helps to have a Kevin Garnett, but it shows anything can happen. It’s tough but we’ll figure it out. Everything I’ve heard of Mr. Walsh is that he is straight forward. I can only worry about the stuff I can control.”
  • KNICKS FORWARD JARED JEFFRIES
  • (On the future of the Knicks) "It’s time to get a lot of work done from both a player standpoint and a manager standpoint. There is a chance changes will be made. But the only thing we get to do as players is get a chance to workout. Everybody has to work on their individual games and improve on all of the little things. There is a lot of uncertainty about the future. We can only hope that things get better. The situation is tough on everybody. He (Coach Thomas) brought everybody in here and he just told us that it was a difficult season and he was proud that we stuck together and we didn’t have any problems with guys like fighting or anything. Everybody got along.”