Player of the Game
DANNY GRANGER
Scored a season-high 36 points, 22 in the second half, adding nine rebounds and five assists while matching career-highs in 3-pointers made and attempted (7 of 13).
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Min. +/-
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford -10 -22 Jeff Foster -1 -3
Danny Granger 0 -12 Tyler Hansbrough 0 -32
Luther Head -2 +19 Roy Hibbert -17 +29
Dahntay Jones -14 +21 Solomon Jones +6 -25
Josh McRoberts DNP -11 Troy Murphy -11 -73
A.J. Price DNP +7 Brandon Rush -5 -28
Earl Watson -1 -11
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Raptors 38, Pacers 26
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 14, Raptors 13
  • Second-chance points: Raptors 15, Pacers 6
  • Points off turnovers: Raptors 20, Pacers 12
  • Starters scoring: Raptors 78, Pacers 73
  • Bench scoring: Raptors 50, Pacers 34
  • Stat of the Night
    The Pacers yielded a season-high 123 points and dropped to 1-6 when they allow at least 100 points.
    Noteworthy
  • Troy Murphy returned the starting lineup after coming off the bench in the previous two games. With Murphy at power forward, Granger shifted to small forward, sending Dahntay Jones back to the bench.
  • Jeff Foster replaced Roy Hibbert as the starting center to provide more quickness in defending Toronto's pick-and-roll.
  • Toronto's 74-first half points were the most in a half by the Raptors since 1999 and four shy of the franchise record.
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    Nov. 24, 2009 at Toronto
    Raptors 123, Pacers 112


    END RESULT
    Danny Granger caught fire in the second half, scoring 22 of his season-high 36 points, but it wasn't enough to bring the Pacers all the way back from a 21-point deficit and they fell 123-112 to the Raptors Tuesday in Toronto.

    IMPACT
    A lineup change didn't snap the Pacers out of their doldrums. Coach Jim O'Brien inserted Troy Murphy at power forward and Jeff Foster at center, sending Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones to the bench, but the switch had little effect as the Pacers' season of streaks continued. They opened the year with three losses, followed by five wins and now four losses and stand 5-7 overall. The Raptors improved to 7-8 with their second victory in the last six games.

    QUOTABLE
  • "You can't play one good quarter on the road and expect to win. We played with no force in the first half and made it a game in the second half because we did play with force. You have to play four quarters on the road and we did not do that." – Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien.
  • "It's irrelevant. It's irrelevant. He could've had 70 and it's irrelevant. It doesn't matter." – O'Brien on Granger's 36-point game.
  • “I think Dahntay deserves to start, but I think it’s better for our rotation if Dahntay comes off the bench. Dahntay knows I think he’s a starter.” – O'Brien on the decision to start Brandon Rush instead of Dahntay Jones at shooting guard.

    TURNING POINTS
    Trailing 74-53 at the break, the Pacers rallied behind Granger, who hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 of the team's first 14 in the third period. A 12-2 run cut the deficit to 83-74 and the Pacers had a 9-3 run late in the quarter to close to 97-92 on Tyler Hansbrough's putback dunk.

    Three straight buckets by Andrea Bargnani early in the fourth quarter but Toronto up 108-95 and the Pacers would get no closer than seven the rest of the night.

    Their poor first half created too big a hurdle to overcome. The Raptors shot 63 percent in the first half and led from wire to wire.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Granger added nine rebounds and five assists to his 36-point outing, tying career-highs in 3-pointers made and attempted (7-of-13). T.J. Ford scored 16 but had just three assists. Jones scored 12, Murphy 11 with eight rebounds and five assists, Rush 11 and Hansbrough 10 off the bench. The Pacers shot .453, were outrebounded 43-34 and outscored 20-12 on points off turnovers.

    Jose Calderon scored 21 on 8-of-11 shooting, adding seven assists for the Raptors. Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 18 against his former team, hitting all seven of his shots and adding six assists off the bench. Chris Bosh shot just 5-of-19 and scored 16 with 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Hedo Turkoglu had 14 with seven assists, three blocks and two steals. Bargnani scored 14 with seven rebounds. Rasho Nesterovic also had a season-high with 12, adding seven rebounds, and Marco Belinelli scored 10.