MIKE DUNLEAVY
Broke out of a slump by racking up 34 points, 20 in the second half, making 11-of-20 shots overall and 4-of-6 from the 3-point line.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 16:19 +5 David Harrison 4:39 -8
Travis Diener 43:04 +14 Troy Murphy 29:37 +11
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 40:32 +13 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 27:41 +10 Kareem Rush 30:59 +5
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 34:51 +2 Shawne Williams 12:18 -2
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 38, Nets 28
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 11, Nets 7
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 20, Nets 6
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 21, Nets 19
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 90, Nets 58
  • Bench scoring: Nets 45, Pacers 23
  • Danny Granger missed a free throw with 2:31 left in the third quarter, ending his franchise-record free-throw streak at 65.
    The teams meet again Saturday in New Jersey (7:30 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Indiana 113, New Jersey 103
    Dunleavy racks up 34 as Pacers win

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 22, 2008


    The Pacers scored just one basket in the final 6:39 of the game … and didn't even need that one, as it turned out.

    With Mike Dunleavy sparking the offense with 34 points and the team adopting a more aggressive defensive stance, the Pacers rolled up a 17-point lead and coasted home for a 113-103 victory over the Nets before 11,930 Friday night in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Dunleavy had been battling a lengthy slump in which he had shot .368 overall and just 8-of-40 from the 3-point line in his previous eight games, but broke out with 11-of-20 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. Dunleavy scored 20 in the second half, 13 in the fourth quarter.

    "(Dunleavy) had a great game. Thirty-four points, I don't know what his career-high is but it's not much higher than that," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "I knew Mike wouldn't be down for long."

    In snapping a three-game losing streak, the Pacers (22-33) also got a strong performance from Travis Diener, who tied his career high with 19 points, established a career-high with eight rebounds and added six assists while committing just one turnover in 43 minutes. Jeff Foster had his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

    "Travis had a wonderful game," said O'Brien. "I thought we played a solid basketball game."

    The Pacers used two big runs to take control. New Jersey led 44-34 in the second quarter but six players scored in a 16-5 run to close the half with the home team up 50-49. The Nets led 63-58 early in the third quarter when Danny Granger, battling an otherwise rough night, hit a 3-pointer and then converted a three-point play to spark at 22-5 run that pushed the Pacers into an 80-68 lead.

    The margin grew to 101-84 on Diener's 3-pointer with 6:40 remaining, which turned out to be Indiana's last basket. The Nets scored eight in a row to cut the deficit to 101-92 with 4:56 remaining but got no closer.

    "I thought the key to the game was we started taking charges in the second half, started to step up and prevent their drives to the basket," said O'Brien. "That was the key: taking pride in not allowing the basketball to get to the rim."

    Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting but Vince Carter had a quiet night (15 points, eight assists, six rebounds). Bostjan Nachbar scored 22 off the bench. Playing just their second game since point guard Jason Kidd was dealt to Dallas, the Nets committed 23 turnovers.

    Noteworthy …


  • The Pacers played their ninth game without both Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley, improving to 3-6.
  • Before the game, the Nets waived veteran center Jamaal Magloire, who averaged 1.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 24 games.
  • Diener has 63 assists against 12 turnovers in 11 starts.
  • Indiana's 113 points was the team's most since scoring 125 against Golden State on Jan. 16.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    Listen to Coach O'Brien's postgame press conference

    “I thought the key to the game was we started taking charges in the second half, taking pride in not letting the basketball get to the rim. Mike (Dunleavy) had a great game. I thought he really stroked the ball well. I knew he wouldn’t be down long. Travis (Diener) had a wonderful game. I thought we played a solid game overall. We did some positive things and we’ll show them the positive things and hopefully grow from it.”
    PACERS GUARD TRAVIS DIENER
    “We stepped up our defense, played hard and played great for the last 18 minutes. It was a big win for us and we now need to go up there and get a win. We knew if we pressured them enough they would turn the ball over and it would give us the ball and give us the chance to win. We must continue to play at the level that we did (in the last 18 minutes). They’re ahead of us in the standings and we need to get up there. They’re a good team.”
    PACERS CENTER JEFF FOSTER
    “We made shots and hit some key buckets off of their turnovers. We must continue to play better and need to win tomorrow. We are looking to get back into the eighth slot and playing the way we did tonight, we think we can do that. Vince (Carter) didn’t play that well tonight so we know he will be ready and play much better tomorrow. We’ll really have to defend him. This was a big win for us; but hopefully only a beginning. We can get back and get fans back into the stands.”
    NETS COACH LAWRENCE FRANK
    “We played good at first and in the third quarter we lost our way. We were poor defensively. These games are learning experiences for a lot of the guys. At one point, we had a good rhythm going but we just didn’t stay consistent."
    (On defensive cohesion) "We have to try and find a combination. It’s going to take time. We have to play both ends of the floor. We’ve got to make better decisions and take care of the ball.”
    NETS FORWARD BOSTJAN NACHBAR
    (On where the game was lost) "I thought we played pretty well defensively until there were about three minutes left in the second quarter. And then we just stopped. We never recovered from that. We played no defense, had no energy. I think that’s where the game was lost. They (Indiana) went with a smaller lineup with some good shooters and they were able to drive the ball and kick out to their shooters and get a lot of good looks."
    (On adjustment to new players) "It’s not easy to implement all of these guys. It is similar to training camp. We’ve got four new guys trying to learn a whole new system so it’s going to take some time. The good thing for tomorrow is that our minds will be fresh and we will know what to expect.”
    NETS FORWARD RICHARD JEFFERSON
    (On being frustrated being behind most of the night) "I wouldn’t call it chasing necessarily. We were up ten points with three minutes left in the second quarter and only down one at halftime. We had a good attack for the first 21 minutes of the game and then we couldn’t get back into our rhythm."
    (On the adjustment to the new players) "We have a lot of new guys playing a lot of minutes. Marcus Williams is now starting. They have to learn to bring it every single night. He had a great game two nights ago but he needs to be able to do that consistently. I don’t think we have to change our game plan. We have a good one. We just need to be more efficient with it. Like I said we were up 10 late in the half, we just need to do things better.”