MIKE DUNLEAVY
Produced his ninth game of at least 30 points this season with a game-high 33 on 9-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-9 from the 3-point line and 10-of-10 from the line, adding seven assists and six rebounds.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 20:14 +1 David Harrison 8:15 -14
Travis Diener 27:22 +9 Troy Murphy DNP ---
Ike Diogu 22:38 +3 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 43:32 +1 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 17:07 +4 Kareem Rush 27:57 +9
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 29:52 -4 Shawne Williams 23:47 -25
Flip Murray 19:16 -19
  • Points in the paint: Nets 46, Pacers 42
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 15, Nets 13
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 13, Nets 13
  • Points off turnovers: Nets 15, Pacers 14
  • Starters scoring: Nets 94, Pacers 75
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 42, Nets 30
  • The Pacers dropped to 7-2 when Dunleavy scores at least 30 points; they had won the previous five, which all came after the All-Star break.
    The home-and-home series with the Nets wraps up Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).
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  • New Jersey 124, Indiana 117
    Loss to Nets leaves Pacers on the ropes

    At East Rutherford, N.J. | March 26, 2008


    It wasn't a knockout blow for the Pacers' postseason hopes, but Wednesday's 124-117 loss to the Nets in New Jersey left them squarely on the ropes. Though Mike Dunleavy scored 33 and Danny Granger helped spark a third-quarter rally before heading to the bench with foul trouble, the Pacers couldn't contain the Nets, who had four players score at least 20 points including a season-high 26 from Josh Boone.

    WHAT IT MEANS
    Their second loss in a row left the Pacers with a 29-43 record, 2½ games behind eighth-place Atlanta (31-40) and 2 games behind the ninth-place Nets (31-41). Even if the Pacers beat the Nets in the rematch Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse to split the season series, New Jersey has clinched the tiebreaker with a better conference record. The Nets won for the fifth time in eight games to move one-half game behind the Hawks.

    TURNING POINT
    After a bad start left them in an early 22-9 hole that grew to 68-52 late in the first half, the Pacers finally found a spark with reserves Travis Diener and Kareem Rush on the floor and scored 14 consecutive points spanning intermission to cut the lead to 68-66. Danny Granger shook off a poor first half to score 11 points in the opening minutes of the third period, including a pair of free throws to tie the game at 77-all.

    With Granger hot, Coach Jim O'Brien rolled the dice by leaving him in the game with four fouls and it did not pay off as Granger quickly picked up his fifth and headed to the bench. The Nets put together a 14-4 counterpunch to rebuild a 91-81 lead. Granger returned midway through the fourth and helped the Pacers rally one more time with a four-point play that made it 113-109 with 5:33 left but he soon fouled out and the Nets pulled away.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Dunleavy had his ninth game of at least 30 points, totaling 33 on 9-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-9 from the 3-point line and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, adding seven assists and six rebounds. Granger finished with 19. Ike Diogu, picking up minutes off the bench due to the absence of Troy Murphy due to illness, tied his season high with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled seven rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Diener continued his recent resurgnce with had seven points and eight assists. The Pacers shot the 3-pointer very well once again (14-of-30) and had 30 assists against just seven turnovers.

    LOWLIGHTS
    Starting for Murphy, Shawne Williams was not effective, shooting 4-of-12 as the Pacers were outscored by 25 points in his 24 minutes. Flip Murray again struggled at the point, though he scored 14, he had just thee assists and watched Diener play most of the minutes. Foster compounded Murphy's absence by picking up two fouls in the first 90 seconds of the game, further straining the thin frontcourt rotation.

    With Devin Harris joining Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter, the Nets proved an even tougher matchup than with Jason Kidd at the point because all three perimeter players are aggressive offensive threats and they shredded the defense. Harris had 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting and a career-high 15 assists, many to Josh Boone, who scored a career-high 26 on 9-of-12 shooting. Carter scored 22 with 14 rebounds and Jefferson had 20 with seven assists.

    NOTEWORTHY
  • Murphy couldn't play because of strep throat. Murphy missed Monday's practice and played 33 minutes Tuesday against the Hornets but was too drained to play the second night of a back-to-back. Coach Jim O'Brien said he hoped Murphy would be back Friday.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    (On the game) “They’re a very good basketball team with a lot of weapons. We dug ourselves a hole in the first quarter and were unable to climb out of it. We took bad shots. After we tied it up we started taking bad shots. We forgot about the shots we were taking that were good shots and we started to rush some shots. We’ve got plenty of games left, plenty of games to make the playoffs. We’ve got to win basketball games.”
    PACERS FORWARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
    “We fought back in it and gave ourselves a chance. I felt like once we made it close we started taking bad shots and we gave them another big lead. It’s tough, but we have them again on Friday night. We hung in there, it’s almost like we came back too quickly and they made another run. We couldn’t put together a good complete half.”
    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    “We had a tie, we were right there. It’s a tough one, these are playoff intense games, because we are battling the teams that are fighting for that one spot. They beat us here in their building now we have to get them in our house. Vince (Carter) and Richard (Jefferson) did a good job of taking over a close game. Vince made a lot of big shots down the stretch, every time we made a big run he responded.”