Player of the Game
A.J. PRICE
Rookie point guard continued to make the fourth quarter his time, scoring eight of his 16 points including a huge 3-pointer that put the Pacers up by four with 1:16 remaining.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Diener DNP -5
Dunleavy +7 -58
Ford DNP -203
Foster DNP -9
Granger +15 -58
Hansbrough -13 -42
Head +5 +34
Hibbert -14 -76
D. Jones DNP -170
S. Jones +8 -120
McRoberts DNP -9
Murphy +11 -228
Price -4 +13
Rush -11 -103
Watson +16 -68
Noteworthy
  • With 20 points and 16 rebounds, Troy Murphy had his 13th double-double of the season.
  • In 3 games back from a sprained ankle, Murphy has shot 22-of-36 (.611), including 11-of-16 (.688) from the 3-point line.
  • Roy Hibbert started but played just 7 minutes as Coach Jim O'Brien employed a small lineup much of the night.
  • Former Pacers (and Raptors) standout Antonio Davis was in attendance.
  • With eight tonight, A.J. Price has 27 fourth-quarter points in the last two games.
  • There were two incidents of double-technical fouls: Danny Granger and Sonny Weems in the second quarter and Tyler Hansbrough and Jose Calderon in the third.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Pacers 40, Raptors 34
    Fast-break points:
    Pacers 15, Raptors 9
    Second-chance points:
    Raptors 17, Pacers 6
    Points off turnovers:
    Raptors 18, Pacers 14
    Starters scoring:
    Raptors 61, Pacers 60
    Bench scoring:
    Pacers 45, Raptors 40
    Stat of the Night
    With three reserves scoring in double figures (Price with 16, Mike Dunleavy 15 and Solomon Jones 10), the Pacers' bench outscored the opposition (45-40) for the 13th time in 14 games.
    Up Next
    Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns make their only visit to Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Jan. 13, 2010 at Conseco Fieldhouse










    END RESULT
    Trailing by 23 points in the second quarter, the Pacers turned up the defensive pressure behind Earl Watson, Solomon Jones and Danny Granger, held Toronto to 21 percent shooting in the second half and came all the way back for an impressive 105-101 victory before 11,039 Monday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    It was the Pacers' biggest comeback of the season and rookie A.J. Price again played a major role, as well, scoring eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer that put the Pacers up 100-96 with 1:16 remaining. The outcome was in doubt until Mike Dunleavy rebounded Chris Bosh's intentionally missed free throw, drew a foul and made both with 4.1 seconds left.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers won their third in a row at home, where they're 9-9, and snapped a two-game overall losing streak to improve to 12-25. Toronto (19-20) had won eight of nine but is now on a two-game losing streak after back-to-back losses to the Celtics and Pacers.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • "Great comeback. You really have to credit Earl Watson’s defensive pressure in the third quarter. It really ignited what we wanted to do." – Jim O'Brien.
  • "A.J. (Price) was great. A.J.’s playing real solid and quickly becoming the steal of the draft." – O'Brien.
  • "I thought Sol’s (Solomon Jones) energy level and the way he moved was very important. He and Earl in the third quarter were absolutely huge.” – O'Brien.
  • "My numbers are good but this makes it even better because we are coming off of a good win. Our total team really worked hard tonight to come back from 20-plus points down." – Murphy on his double-double.
  • "My development is what my coaching staff and players around me have given me. I have to be a little slower sometimes in knowing what to do with the ball when I take it in the paint. My comfort level is improving and it’s still a work in progress." – A.J. Price.
  • "We got comfortable with the outside shot, we got comfortable with the lead and with the way we were playing they kept clawing, fighting and scratching to get back in the game. And they eventually got the win." – Toronto point guard Jarrett Jack.
  • "(The) Pacers are a high-powered offensive team. We knew they were capable of making a comeback like that. The next time we play them we just have to know that we have to do a better job of locking down on them and the game is not over until the final buzzer goes off." – Jack.

    KEY MOMENTS
    Other than Murphy, who scored 12 in the opening period, the Pacers had nothing going in the first 20 minutes of the game. Toronto opened the second quarter with a 15-2 run to build a 45-24 lead and stretched it to 59-36 on Hedo Turkoglu's drive with 4:21 left in the half. But the Pacers found some life with a 16-3 run that cut it to 62-52 before Antoine Wright tossed in a 65-footer just ahead of the buzzer to give the Raptors a 13-point lead at the half.

    With Watson extending his defensive pressure and disrupting Toronto point guards Jack and Jose Calderon and O'Brien shifting to a small lineup, the Pacers continued to come back in the third quarter, cutting it to 69-63 early in the period. Toronto lead 86-78 early in the fourth but Price took over. He hit a 3-pointer, drew a charge and then drove for a bucket to cut it to 86-85. Mike Dunleavy tied it twice before Watson put the Pacers ahead for good, 95-92, with a corner 3-pointer on a drive-and-dish from Granger with 5:07 remaining.

    The Raptors made just one field goal in the first 10:58 of the quarter, missing 12 in a row but stayed in it at the free-throw line. Andrea Bargnani scored twice inside, cutting it to two each time, but the Pacers didn't buckle. When Murphy missed a free throw with 12 seconds left, the Pacers led 103-100 and the Raptors had a chance to tie but Granger fouled Bosh just beyond the free-throw line to prevent that possibility and Dunleavy took care of the rest.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Granger scored 23 on 9-of-19 shooting, 2-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding four assists and a blocked shot. Murphy had 20 points, 16 rebounds three assists and two blocks, making 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-8 from the 3-point line. Price had 16, Dunleavy 15 with five rebounds, Watson 11 points with eight assists, four rebounds and three steals and Solomon Jones had 10 points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes. The Pacers won this with second-half defense, limiting the Raptors to 7-of-34 shooting (.206) and 36 points, that included 3-of-18 shooting in the fourth quarter.

    Bosh scored 27 but was 6-of-14 from the field, scoring 15 from the line and adding 10 rebounds. Bargnani had 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Calderon had 12 points and six assists off the bench. Jack, who was 7-of-7 against the Pacers in the last meeting, was 2-of-9 with three turnovers. The Raptors finished at .395 shooting for the game.