T.J. FORD
Though his status for the game was in doubt due to a sore lower back, the veteran point guardraised his career high for the second time in three games with 36 on 14-of-23 shooting, eight-of-10 from the free-throw line, adding five assists, four rebounds and a steal in 39 minutes.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 7:09 0 Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener 9:00 +1 Mike Dunleavy 37:52 -19
T.J. Ford 39:03 -10 Jeff Foster 29:31 +4
Stephen Graham 13:00 +11 Danny Granger 37:35 --10
Roy Hibbert 3:24 -7 Jarrett Jack 33:25 +7
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 25:02 -23
Rasho Nesterovic 5:00 +1 Brandon Rush DNP ---
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 52, Knicks 40
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 21, Knicks 19
  • Second-chance points: Knicks 14, Pacers 10
  • Points off turnovers: Knicks 13, Pacers 11
  • Starters scoring: Knicks 84, Pacers 82
  • Bench scoring: Knicks 38, Pacers 31
  • The Knicks made 15 from the 3-point line, tying the Pacers' all-time opponent record and establishing a new opponent mark at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Tonight's New York win ends the Pacers' five-game winning streak against the Knicks, and it is New York's first win at Conseco Fieldhouse January 2007.
  • T.J. Ford's career-high 36 points included 17 in the fourth quarter. On a night when his teammates shot just 28-77 FGS (.364), Ford shot 14-23 from the floor and 8-10 FTS.
  • In addition to scoring 48 points, Ford has had eight assists and just two turnovers in the last two games.
  • Stephen Graham's bench-high 14 points are two short of his career-high which he tied at Denver, 1/5. Graham added five rebounds and his second blocked shot of the season. He has rejected a total of six shots in his NBA career.
  • The Pacers tied their most blocked shots of the last 16 games with seven tonight. Danny Granger had four rejections, his most since blocking six at Houston, 11/26. Tonight is only the second time this season that Granger has had more than three blocks in a game.
  • Jeff Foster's 10 rebounds tonight included six offensive rebounds, giving him a team-high 143 for the season.
  • With his 11 rebounds tonight, Troy Murphy led the Pacers' rebounders for the 18th time in the last 20 games.
  • The Pacers conclude January with a 9-8 record, their first month above .500 since going 8-7 in March 2008. January is only the second month the Pacers have had above .500 since January 2007, when they were 7-6.
  • After playing 17 games in 30 days in January, the Pacers get a couple of days off before beginning their February schedule Tuesday against Minnesota in Conseco Fieldhouse (Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan), a game that brings the season's longest homestand to a close.
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  • Jan. 31, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
    Knicks 122, Pacers 113


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “That’s a tough style to go against with our fourth game in five nights. They shot the heck out of it and our guys never gave up. Give New York credit."

    " T.J. (Ford) played with great energy, all game. He did a great job attacking and scoring the ball."

    Danny (Granger) pretty much came to me before the game and said, ‘Coach you can use me as a decoy. I can barely get off my feet.’ But he’s a quick healer and a tough guy.”


    PACERS GUARD T.J. FORD
    “We got out of the gate slow and could never get the game in our control. We were not even close. This was a time when we played very poor stretch defense and you can’t win games that way. "

    (On his scoring) "I will have looks and I will try to make them when I get them. This also helps open up other shots for other teammates."

    "Al (Harrington) really hurt us tonight. Our defense was a step slow on rotations and it really costs us.”


    PACERS FORWARD STEPHEN GRAHAM
    “We didn’t execute down the stretch. As a matter of fact, we didn’t execute at all."

    (On coming off the bench late in the game) "My job is to come in and give the effort and be ready to play whenever I am called upon. We still have a half year left to go. We can pick things up and we can make the playoffs."

    " When I get the time, I try to use it and show the coaching staff what I can do. I don’t mind being called upon any time during the game. I’m here to help the team.”


    KNICKS COACH MIKE D'ANTONI
    (On the first half) "Shot the ball well in the first half. Up by 12, we should have been up by 18. That can worry a coach."

    (On the game) "A lot of good factors, a lot of good things going. Keep working and keep getting better. Lots of guys made great individual plays."

    " I am pleased by the way we are playing. And the group we have… they are really trying.”


    KNICKS FORWARD AL HARRINGTON
    (On the win) "I’m just happy we got the win. We’re trying to build into the playoff picture."

    (On the Knicks offense playing so well) "We could have played a little bit better but that was pretty good. 122 points is great and that means the ball is moving and a lot of different guys are getting involved."

    (On the difference with this team lately) "We’ve just been fighting. Defensively we’ve been locked in; offensively we’ve been seeing the basketball. It becomes contagious and everyone is playing well.”


    KNICKS FORWARD DAVID LEE
    “We haven’t had a good road win in a long time. I was happy to come in here tonight and get a win against a Pacer team that played real well against Miami and is playing a lot better ball."

    (On the consistency of the Knicks play lately) "We’re just trying to take this one game at a time."

    (On where the Pacers hurt them) "In the transition game they hurt us a little bit. T.J. Ford killed us all night, running the ball up the floor."

    "Our biggest thing was trying to switch on those screen and rolls and get out on shooters. If Dunleavy (Mike) and Granger and Murphy (Troy) and those guys get hot, they can cause you a lot of problems. We did OK on those guys tonight. Our defense is continuing to get better.”