Player of the Game
Defensive stopper had a strong offensive game, scoring 20 points (for the first time since the 2006-07 season), making 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 21:47 -8 Jeff Foster DNP ---
Danny Granger 37:08 -18 Tyler Hansbrough DNP ---
Luther Head 17:49 -3 Roy Hibbert 33:34 -7
Dahntay Jones 28:43 -13 Solomon Jones 14:26 -11
Josh McRoberts 11:58 +4 Troy Murphy 16:06 -12
A.J. Price 6:09 +3 Brandon Rush 32:16 -12
Earl Watson 20:04 -13
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 42, Nuggets 24
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 22, Nuggets 19
  • Second-chance points: Nuggets 19, Pacers 10
  • Points off turnovers: Nuggets 18, Pacers 17
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 40, Nuggets 38
  • Stat of the Night
    Since 2004-05, Denver has the best record of any NBA team against the Pacers, going 9-2 in that span, 5-1 in Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • With his 14 points and career-high 12 rebounds, Roy Hibbert registered the first double-double of his brief career.
  • Hibbert also rejected a season-high four shots and the Pacers had a season-best 10 blocks.
  • The Pacers also had a season-high 12 steals and had four players with multiple thefts. Coming into tonight, the Pacers had totaled five steals and had just one player with more than one theft in the first two games.
  • The duo of Carmelo Anthony (11-14) and Nenê (8-11) was a combined 19-25 from the foul line tonight, one more FTA and FTM than the Pacers as a team. As a team, the Nuggets shot 33-41 FTS.
  • Chauncey Billups' 24 points included five 3-pt FGS (5-7) and that is the most 3-pt FGS by any Denver player this season.
  • Scoreless with six rebounds in 16 minutes, Troy Murphy left the game in the second quarter with a bruised lower back and did not return.
  • Up Next
    The Pacers' first back-to-back set of the season concludes Wednesday night in New York against Al Harrington and the high-scoring Knicks (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan AM).
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    Nov. 3, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
    Nuggets 111, Pacers 93

    “We’ve got to find a way to get a win. The first quarter we didn’t make shots that we’ve made the last couple of years. You can’t shoot poorly and dig yourself out of a 20 point hole in the first quarter."

    "We’re not going to be perfect in our movement, especially with five new guys in the passing game."

    "I think small (lineup) is good because Danny (Granger) can guard most power forwards. But we didn’t have the depth to sustain it when we got within 10."

    " I think we have plenty of offensive weapons and I think we will become a cohesive offensive unit.”

    (On his double-double)" A double-double is good but we did not win the ball game. Personal stats have a very good meaning when you win. We are working hard to try to get to know each other. As we get to know each other we will play better together."

    (On three injured players) "Somebody has to step up and help us get this first win. We need the victory now and we better figure it out quickly and get it done.”

    “It’s very tough to take three losses in a row like this. We’re sick and tired of losing. They have the attitude and the ball players to back that up because they know they can win. They have one of the best point guards in the league and he really takes charge. We do fight back. But we dug too deep of a hole to come out of. We are still a work in progress and we’ve go to continue to help each other out and find a way to get this first win. Turnovers and fouls have hurt us. We’ve got to get it together.”
    (On the start of six game road trip) "It’s always nice to start a road trip with a win because it starts the momentum. We had a good defensive feel for the game, all night long. Offensively I was a little disappointed in our turnovers. Any time you win a game on the road you are doing a lot of good things. A lot of our guys played well. Off the bench Arron (Afflalo) and Joey (Graham) played well."

    (On Arron Afflalo) "Anytime you have a new face the more repetitions you get the better. We ran a couple of plays for him after timeouts. (General) We have good focus right now. Whoever we play, whatever it takes."

    (On Dahntay Jones) During the game I was boiling a little bit. But now that it’s over I can say that he played well.”

    (On controlling the tempo) "We knew their team had been struggling a little bit. We wanted to come in and try to force the issue very, very early and not let them get confidence. "

    (On starting out 4-0) "It’s been a good start for us. We’re on a very tough road trip. This was a big, big win for us."

    (On Denver’s bench play) "Our bench was great. The starters opened aggressively, and the bench came in and didn’t lose a step at all. Those guys were great.”

    (On Denver’s bench play) "They were huge, not only in this game but so far in the season for us. They are really focused now. They are our energy group. They come in and pick us up when we’re down. We got off to a great start and they came in and did a good job of sustaining it for us."

    (On the 4-0 start) "It’s about being aggressive. It’s the start of a long road trip. The starters came in and wanted to be able to rest in the fourth, and we did a good job of getting that done.”