Erupted for a career-high 42 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, making 13-of-21 shots overall, 3-of-7 from the 3-point line and 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and six assists in 43 prolific minutes.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 28:46 -6
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 39:26 -2 Jeff Foster 27:01 +8
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger 43:05 -5
Roy Hibbert DNP --- Jarrett Jack 26:07 0
Josh McRoberts DNP 0 Troy Murphy 39:24 -5
Rasho Nesterovic 26:15 -6 Brandon Rush 9:56 -4
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 34, Pistons 22
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 13, Pistons 4
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 12, Pistons 11
  • Points off turnovers: Pistons 21, Pacers 10
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 91, Pistons 79
  • Bench scoring: Pistons 35, Pacers 19
  • Granger's 42-point game tied for the eighth-highest single-game point total in franchise NBA history and was the most by a Pacers player since Jermaine O'Neal scored 55 against Milwaukee on Jan. 4, 2005.
  • The Pacers (7-15) lost their fifth in a row overall and eighth straight to the Pistons.
  • Detroit (12-9) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 8-9 with Allen Iverson.
  • Granger tied his career-high by making 13 free throws, more than he'd attempted in the previous four games combined.
  • T.J. Ford's 3-pointer in the first quarter gave him 15 in the first 22 games, matching his total for all of last season in Toronto.
  • With 12 points and 10 assists, Ford had his second double-double of the season. He also had seven rebounds.
  • Troy Murphy had his 12th double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Six Pacers scored in double figures, including Rasho Nesterovic (16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, Marquis Daniels (11) and Jarrett Jack 11).
  • The Pacers shot a season-high .565 from the field but the Pistons also established a season-high with a .558 percentage.
  • Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey, who had two 3-pointers all season entering the game, made a career-high 4-of-5 on his way to a season-high 21 points.
  • Pistons forward Antonio McDyess scored a season-high 14 points.
  • Iverson posted a season-high 12 assists to go with his 17 points.
  • The road trip continues with the second night of a back-to-back set Saturday in Milwaukee against Michael Redd, Richard Jefferson and the Bucks. (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan)
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  • Dec. 12, 2008 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich.
    Pistons 114, Pacers 110

    (On the game) “It was a hard fought game and our guys had a tough-minded second half and tough-minded fourth quarter. It was just a big shot by (Rasheed) Wallace in the corner that we guarded well. We knew that we could get a good shot with (T.J.) Ford at the end and we hoped that one of them (Pistons) would come off one of our perimeter guys, but they stuck on them and (the shot) didn’t fall. We lost tonight and we have another game tomorrow that is the way to look at it.”

    (On Danny Granger’s play) “It was a brilliant offensive performance. He really put together a great game and was really hot, I’d assume it was a career-high for him, and it was just a great performance by him.”

    (On difference between the two halves) “In the second we shortened our lineup and put Jarrett (Jack) at the two. He gave us a tremendous spark; playing TJ and Jarrett together. We defended better and we played seven guys the majority of the minutes because we thought they were the seven best from the standpoint of trying to win this game.”

    (On another tough loss) “I don’t know what to tell you, we are right there. They hit tough shots when we were right there in the game. We came back, but just couldn’t close it out. I just am getting tired of losing games and it is just frustrating that we are so close like this. We just can’t seem to get over the hump, but the season goes on. It is very agonizing, we come back the next day and watch the film and highlight the stuff we could change and then we go and do the same thing to lose the game, it’s frustrating.”

    (On playing hard) “We played hard the whole game tonight. They are a good team, a battle-tested championship team and they just had more than we did tonight, but we did play hard tonight.”

    (On tough losses) “We are right there. Three of the last losses were so close. We’re so close to turning the corner and we just couldn’t do it. We had the lead tonight, but they just stayed right there and then we couldn’t make the shots.”

    (On breaking their losing streak) “In all my years of being around the league, anytime you're in a slump or any type of struggle, you're never going to have a great game that's going to break that. It’s always a struggle to break it. You have to battle through things then once you do its sort of a sigh of relief and you relax and really get to playing. Indiana is a very explosive offensive team and I knew coming off their loss in Toronto they would be ready offensively. What was key for us was the time we were able to make multiple effort defensive plays we were able to get stops. You had to make more than one effort to get the stops against them.”

    (On Antonio McDyess in the fourth quarter) “Well I thought he did well. He has always been one of our best rebounders and better pick-and-roll defenders. They ran a lot of stuff, not as many pick and rolls, but they ran a lot of things in which they were chasing shooters off of double screens and he had to be there to show and to get back to his guy. I just thought that his will and presence had a more calming effect on Rip (Richard Hamilton), more than anything. Just having McDyess, period, is good for us.”

    (On Rodney Stuckey) “Obviously his first start was against the Wizards, we had a great rhythm, we jumped right out on them, and then we let it slip away. This one, the same way. We jumped on them and they made their run, and we were able to do everything that we had to do at the end to get a win. I think he helps a lot. The system runs a little smoother with him running the point because that's his natural position. I get a chance to go back to the two guard and get a chance to run up and down the court.”

    (On the new starting lineup) “It makes us a little bit quicker, especially with having Tayshaun (Prince) at the four, and you put 'Sheed (Rasheed Wallace) at the five and it makes us a lot faster.”

    (On Antonio McDyess) “He played great. With this only being his second game back, you couldn't ask for a better game, both offensively and defensively. His, and my, thing was just when they took something away from me he was going to be my outlet and I ran a lot of pick-and-roll's with him. When his guy helped, I just tried to get him the ball, and let him hit that shot. He can hit that shot with his eyes closed. On the penetration he was just finding places, open spots, so I could see him and just get him the ball, so he could make things happen.”

    (On improving the offense) “I think that's going to be the most important thing with my progression in this offense is the teams are going to continue to try and take things away from me scoring-wise. My whole thing is to try to make my teammates better. When guys collapse on me or I get extra attention I'm trying to find that guy who is wide open. That was the case tonight.”

    (On what he brings to the team) “I am just trying to be vocal and help the guys out coming off the bench.”

    (On his block in the fourth quarter) “I was imitating Tayshaun Prince on that blocked shot and I was really lucky to get it because I was really tired but I just knew it was a huge possession.”

    (On his performance) “It felt good to hit my first few shots. It worked to my advantage because I was working out those 30 days pretty hard. Just not being tired like I expected to be. I thought I’d be more tired when I got out there. Mike (Curry) stuck with me and believed in me when I was out there.”