Player of the Game
JOSH McROBERTS
Scored a career-high 18 points, adding 12 rebounds for his third career double-double, along with two steals and a blocked shot.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Dunleavy +21 -55
Ford DNP -173
Foster DNP -9
Granger +9 -33
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head DNP +1
Hibbert +7 +12
D. Jones +32 -214
S. Jones +4 -134
McRoberts +28 -35
Murphy -+23 -268
Price +12 +28
Rush -4 -207
Watson +19 -124
Noteworthy
  • The Pacers have won four straight in the series with the Rockets for the first time since 1979.
  • The Pacers won their last four games against Western Conference opponents to finish 9-21.
  • The Pacers 133 points and 57.6 percent shooting from the floor are both season-highs.
  • The Indiana bench racked up a season 68 points and shot 26-38 FGS (.684).
  • After going 0-11 from 3-pt range in his first two seasons, McRoberts has hit 8-21 this season from beyond the 3-pt arc.
  • In just seven minutes, Luther Head dealt a bench-high four assists, his most since having a season-high six vs. Minnesota, 1/2.
  • On 7-7 from the floor, Jordan Hill of the Rockets scored a season-high 15 points. That is the most field goals without a miss by an opposing player against the Pacers this season.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Pacers 58, Rockets 44
    Second-chance points:
    Pacers 17, Rockets 15
    Fast-break points:
    Pacers 9, Rockets 8
    Points off turnovers:
    Pacers 22, Rockets 10
    Starters scoring:
    Pacers 65, Rockets 42
    Bench scoring:
    Pacers 68, Rockets 60
    Stat of the Night
    In a 13-minute stretch, the full second quarter and the first minute of the second, the Pacers made 17-of-22 – a cool 77.3 percent – and scored 43 points.
    Up Next
    The Pacers host the Knicks Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., 1070 The Fan). Please note, the game will not be televised locally.
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  • END RESULT
    If this is an omen, it's not a good one for the Butler Bulldogs. On the eve of the NCAA title game Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Pacers' three Duke products all scored in double figures – call it a Dukie triple-double – including a career-high 18 from Josh McRoberts, as the Pacers dominated Houston 133-102 Sunday before 14,201 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Pacers rolled up a season-high point total as well as their widest margin of victory as eight players scored in double figures, led by Roy Hibbert's 20 points (not to mention 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks).

    IMPACT
    The Pacers assured their 21st consecutive season with a winning record at home, improving to 21-17 at Conseco Fieldhouse (where they've won nine of 10) and 29-48 overall. They've won seven of nine. The Pacers also swept the series from the Rockets for the second season in a row. Houston dropped to 38-38 overall, 17-21 on the road.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • “Really a surprising game from the standpoint of how much we won by, against a team coming off a win in Boston. I thought we got good play from everybody. I was surprised at our shooting percentage the entire night." – Jim O'Brien
  • "He’s been playing well. And his defensive numbers are good. He’s a heck of a passer and he’s been working on his shot." – O'Brien
  • “I wanted to come out and play hard as I could for as long as I could. Everybody stepped up and helped each other out. I made a big effort tonight to try to get my game back to basics." – Roy Hibbert
  • "I felt good coming into the game tonight. And I got a lot of minutes. When you get lots of minutes you like to utilize them, which I think I did tonight. I had a pretty good night." – Josh McRoberts
  • "Earl (Watson) told me to bring some effort and a lot of energy to the game tonight. I was just trying to be active and my teammates gave me some good passes and I was able to knock some of them down. " – McRoberts
  • "Every time we made a mistake, they made the shot. They were on fire tonight. Once you get your confidence up and they’re playing their type of basketball, that’s what happens.” – Houston guard Aaron Brooks

    KEY MOMENTS
    The first quarter was the only competitive period of the game, as Houston led 17-15 midway through but the Pacers got a big lift from the second unit and put together a 13-4 run to open a 28-21 lead and they would not trail again.

    Hibbert scored the Pacers' first eight of the second quarter and A.J. Price followed with a 3-pointer to make it 44-34. The Rockets tried to stay close but with the Pacers making 15-of-20 in the period and rolling up 39 points, the visitors were down 72-56 at halftime. The Pacers shot 64 percent in the first half, making 8-of-14 from the 3-point line.

    The Pacers went cold briefly in the third period and the lead flattened out, 84-70, but McRoberts came off the bench to electrify the crowd and blow open the game with a pair of dunks and a pair of 3-pointers in a 15-3 run that pushed it to 99-73 and the Pacers would lead by at least 20 the rest of the way.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Hibbert was 8-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line and threatened a triple-double for the second time this season with 20 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots. McRoberts shot 8-of-9, missing only a 3-point attempt), for his 18 points with 12 boards. Danny Granger scored 18 in 22 minutes. Troy Murphy had 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting with 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. A.J. Price scored 17, making 5-of-9 from the arc. Dunleavy hit 6-of-10 for his 15 points, Dahntay Jones had 11 and Earl Watson 10. The Pacers shot a season-high .576 overall, were 14-of-26 (.538) from the 3-point line, outrebounded the Rockets 49-37 and had 28 assists.

    Houston was led by Chase Budinger, who scored 17 with four rebounds and four assists off the bench. Kyle Lowry scored 16 and Jordan Hill scored 15 on 7-of-7 shooting. Luis Scola had 15 and Aaron Brooks scored 11. The Rockets' leading scorer, Kevin Martin, returned after missing four games with a shoulder injury and scored just three points on 1-of-5 shooting. Houston shot .448 overall and was 10-of-27 (.370) from the 3-point line.



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