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MARQUIS DANIELS
Scored all 20 of his points in the final 16½ minutes of the game and wound up making 8-of-12 from the field, adding four rebounds and three steals.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 25:57 -4 David Harrison 5:15 --5
Travis Diener 38:57 -1 Troy Murphy 31:26 -+3
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 34:43 +1 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 22:16 0 Kareem Rush 38:01 -2
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 30:19 -2 Shawne Williams 13:07 -10
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 36, Raptors 32
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 13, Raptors 0
  • Second-chance points: Raptors 14, Pacers 8
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 27, Raptors 18
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 74, Raptors 47
  • Bench scoring: Raptors 55, Pacers 24
  • With Monday's loss, the Pacers (22-35) dropped 13 games below .500 for the first time in 16 years. The last occurrence was Jan. 25, 1992, when they were 15-28.
    The new-look Chicago Bulls, with recent trade acquisitions Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden, visit Conseco Fieldhouse Wednesday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Toronto 102, Indiana 98
    Late rally falls short against Raptors

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 25, 2008


    One of these days, the big shot is going to fall. The either-or call is going to go their way. And the Pacers will win one of these down-to-the-wire games that have become recurring exercises in frustration.

    Monday wasn't that day.

    Marquis Daniels scored 20 points in the final 16½ minutes, including six in a row in the final 90 seconds, to bring the Pacers to the brink but they once again fell short as Kareem Rush's potential tying 3-pointer missed with 11 seconds left and Toronto escaped with a 102-98 victory in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    "I thought we really competed our hearts out in the second half, stepping up, taking charges," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "We played a good basketball team and never gave up and it's disappointing that we should lose that."

    Toronto led 99-92 with 2 minutes left but Daniels, who re-entered the game after Mike Dunleavy fouled out, scored on three straight possessions as the Pacers closed to 101-98. Toronto's T.J. Ford missed a drive down the middle of the lane, leaving the Pacers with a chance to tie with 18.9 seconds remaining.

    Rush got a good look over Chris Bosh but, as O'Brien said, "It just didn't fall, so, that's the way it is – disappointing."

    The Pacers (22-35) lost their third in a row to the Raptors for much the same reason as the previous two: a monstrous bench deficit. Toronto's second unit outscored Indiana's reserves 55-24 Monday, with Carlos Delfino (23) and Ford (16) leading the way. The Raptors have a 162-80 advantage in bench points over the Pacers this season.

    "It's hard to match for anybody in the NBA, bench to bench," said O'Brien. "You look at a lineup of T.J. Ford and Delfino in the backcourt, (Jason) Kapono, (Kris) Humphries and (Rasho) Nesterovic, that's a pretty formidable group. The fact they come off the bench speaks to their depth. They're really strong, 10-men deep. Their bench really hurt our bench in the second quarter and other than that we played them to a standstill."

    The second quarter, however, proved critical. The Pacers led 30-17 late in the first but the Raptors dominated the second, putting together runs of 10-0 and 13-2 to take a 54-46 lead into the break. Of Toronto's 35 second-quarter points, 29 came from the reserves.

    Down 56-46 early in the third quarter, the Pacers chipped away until Daniels got hot, scoring 12 in a row and giving Indiana an 83-82 lead on a baseline jumper with 8:46 left.

    "Marquis is very comfortable being out there with the small (lineup)," said O'Brien. "It opens up the court for us and allows him to do what he does best, which is penetrate and move and he did that well tonight."

    With Delfino bracketing a 13-2 run with 3-pointers, the Raptors regained control, up 97-88 with 4:10 remaining but consecutive buckets by Dunleavy got them started back once again. They just couldn't make it all the way.

    Danny Granger scored 20 with 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season, while Dunleavy and Murphy – who tied a career-high with seven assists – added 17 apiece. Rush scored 13.

    Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Raptors (31-24).

    Noteworthy …


  • This was the third time the Pacers, who were up 13 late in the first quarter, lost a double-digit lead to the Raptors. Toronto also overcame deficits of 17 (third quarter) on Dec. 14 and 11 (first quarter) on Nov. 16.
  • Jermaine O'Neal, who missed his 17th straight game (and 24th overall) with a left knee injury, was not in attendance due to the flu.
  • Jamaal Tinsley missed his eighth straight game, also with a left knee injury, and 18th of the year.
  • The Pacers dropped to 3-20 when they fail to score at least 100 points.

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

    “We really competed our hearts out in the second half. We played a good basketball team, never gave up and it was a disappointing basketball game. It’s hard for anybody in the NBA to match bench for bench. That’s a formidable group (Toronto’s bench). And it speaks to their depth that those players come off the bench. Marquis (Daniels) is very confident being out there with a small team. It opens up the court for us and allows him to penetrate and move. He did a real nice job.”
    PACERS GUARD TRAVIS DIENER
    “I just can’t make a shot. I had good looks and they just didn’t fall."
    (Did it feel good not turning the ball over, tonight?) "You don’t feel good when you lose. If I didn’t turn the ball over and we lost, it’s not a good feeling."
    (general) "We came out with a lot of energy. We’ve just got to come out tomorrow and get ready for Chicago because we know it will be a battle. Chicago will be ready and we will be ready. We’ve got to learn to close the game out.”
    PACERS GUARD MARQUIS DANIELS
    “We must make our shots and defend well. I do the best that I can when I am called on. My shots were falling in the second half, but you can’t be satisfied when you lose. Numbers are good but that doesn’t make it good when you lose the game. We must get out there now, get this behind us and move forward.”
    RAPTORS COACH SAM MITCHELL
    “Jose (Calderon) played a lot of minutes. When T.J. (Ford) comes into the game, he gives you a different look. And when Jose comes in the game, he gives you a different look. It wasn’t pretty. We had some guys tired. Our bench played great tonight. This was a tough game. We screwed up sometimes in the switches. We came out slow and that is to be expected sometimes in a back-to-back. We made some plays when we needed to make some plays.”
    RAPTORS FORWARD CHRIS BOSH
    (On playing the second game in a back-to-back and the Pacers changing their starting lineup) "Our game plan had been set for Foster to start, so we had to change our original game plan at the last minute. So we knew with the change they made that they were going to try and come out and run us out of the building. But after we got going, getting to the line was key. And that going inside against their smaller lineup we were able to get to the line more than usual. When a player like T.J. (Ford) comes in he can really speed things up and it’s good for him to be able with his quickness to take his guy off the dribble and create situations for us. The other thing is that we were really wanting to work on making sure we protected the inside and going to the boards has been one of our priorities this season.”
    RAPTORS GUARD CARLOS DELFINO
    (On slow start and second team picking it up) "With our guys getting healthy, I think we now have a second-team punch with T.J. getting in shape and getting into rhythm. It opens things up for us offensively and it sure can change our game as the second team. The change in their starting lineup kind of took us by surprise and we felt as the second group, we needed to come in and pick things up."
    (On T.J. Ford) "We are lucky to have him and it’s nice to have him back from injury and that we have both he and Jose to open up our offense. One plays at a slow pace and the other one is much quicker and it gives us a chance to run more and it’s great now that everybody is back and getting in shape.”