Player of the Game
Emerging young center had his fourth double-double of the season with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds, adding three blocks and two assists.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 32:00 +22 Jeff Foster DNP ---
Danny Granger 39:16 +18 Tyler Hansbrough 15:52 -3
Luther Head 11:43 -6 Roy Hibbert 32:17 +17
Dahntay Jones 35:54 +11 Solomon Jones 11:03 -7
Josh McRoberts 4:40 -2 Troy Murphy DNP ---
A.J. Price DNP --- Brandon Rush 31:48 -2
Earl Watson 25:27 -8
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 42, Nets 36
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 14, Nets 11
  • Second-chance points: Nets 16, Pacers 11
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 19, Nets 10
  • Starters scoring: Nets 78, Pacers 73
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 18, Nets 5
  • Stat of the Night
    The Pacers have their first five-game winning streak since the 2004-05 season.
    News & Notes
  • Troy Murphy missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised back despite returning to practice Monday.
  • Mike Dunleavy (knee), Jeff Foster (back) and Travis Diener (toe) also missed the game with injuries.
  • The Nets were without Devin Harris (groin), Yi Jianlian (knee), Courtney Lee (groin), Tony Battie (knee), Keyon Dooling (hip), Jarvis Hayes (hamstring) and Eduardo Najera (back).
  • The Pacers shot 55 percent in the first quarter but were 20-of-59 (.339) the rest of the game.
  • Up Next
    The Pacers return home hoping to extend their winning streak to six games against Al Harrington and the New York Knicks on Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Nov. 17, 2009 at East Rutherford, N.J.
    Scrappy Pacers keep streaks alive

    By Conrad Brunner

    Simply put, this was a game the Pacers would've lost last year.

    Coming off a rousing home victory over Boston, hitting the road to face a winless Nets team, those Pacers would've been primed for a letdown. These Pacers, however, dodged the trap game, made just enough plays at both ends and beat New Jersey 91-83 Tuesday behind 22 points from Danny Granger and 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks from Roy Hibbert.

    The Pacers (5-3) won their fifth straight, their longest streak since winning six in a row late in the 2004-05 season, and will try to match that streak Wednesday night in Conseco Fieldhouse against the New York Knicks.

    "It's not always a thing of beauty at the offensive end but we're certainly doing the little things to grind out wins and those little things generally have been coming at the defensive end," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "After starting out 0-3, to be able to come back and get five wins, two of them on the road and one of them against a team like Boston is really a tribute to the work ethic of the guys in the locker room."

    The Nets (0-11) remained winless and are off to the worst start by an NBA team since Memphis opened the 2002-03 season with 13 straight losses.

    "It's unfortunate for them that they haven't been able to get a victory but it's not because of a lack of effort," said O'Brien. "It was a scrappy game on both sides, really well-fought, and we're happy to get out of here with a win."

    Though the Nets had just eight healthy players and were missing injured starters Devin Harris, Yi Jianlian and Courtney Lee, they pushed the Pacers hard throughout the game thanks largely to the efforts of center Brook Lopez (26 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks) and shooting guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (27 points, 12 rebounds).

    The Pacers scored 13 unanswered bridging the half to open a 63-46 lead early in the third but scored just four more points in the period as the Nets chipped away, trailing just 67-60 entering the fourth.

    They closed to 83-77 on Douglas-Roberts' jumper but Earl Watson hit a huge corner 3-pointer with 1:58 left to make it a nine-point game and the Pacers had the breathing room they needed.

    "Coming down to the end of the game we wanted to make sure we closed it out," said Hibbert. "Last year, I think that we kind of folded and we lost those close games. They made their run, we stayed strong, we dug deep and we played together and we had each other's backs out there and that's why we got this win tonight."

    The Pacers shot just .392 for the game and were outrebounded 51-44 but held the Nets to .363 shooting.

    "They fought the whole game," said Granger. "They kept fighting back and fighting back. Fortunately, we got the win."

    Dahntay Jones added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Pacers.