DANNY GRANGER
Racked up 30 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, making 13-of-25 shots overall and producing two spectacular blocked shots.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 34:49 +9 David Harrison DNP ---
Travis Diener 28:19 +7 Troy Murphy 29:42 -4
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal 20:59 +11
Mike Dunleavy 39:54 +9 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 16:54 -1 Kareem Rush DNP ---
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 44:08 +11 Shawne Williams 5:34 +1
Flip Murray 19:41 +2
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Sixers 38
  • Fast-break points: Sixers 17, Pacers 13
  • Second-chance points: Sixers 20, Pacers 5
  • Points off turnovers: Sixers 17, Pacers 10
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 66, Sixers 66
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 19, Sixers 10
  • In the last six games, the Pacers' defense has yielded averages of 91.5 points and .411 shooting (207-of-504). In the last five, they've limited opponents to 15-of-75 shooting from the 3-point line (.200).
    The Pacers return home to face the explosive Charlotte Bobcats Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • Indiana 85, Philadelphia 76
    Sixers can't stomach Pacers' defense

    At Philadelphia | April 11, 2008


    A stomach virus swept through the Pacers locker room, hitting no fewer than seven players (not to mention two assistant coaches) and forcing Coach Jim O'Brien to cancel the team's shootaround Friday morning. Their legs, though weakened, did not buckle.

    With Danny Granger scoring 22 of his 30 points in the second half to carry the offense while pulling 12 rebounds and blocking two shots to help anchor a stout defense, the Pacers shut down one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, beating the 76ers 85-76 Friday night in the Wachovia Center for their fourth straight victory.

    "You've got to play through it," said Granger. "We have five, six, seven guys on our team that are throwing up with the stomach virus and I was one of them but we're trying to get into the playoffs. You've got to push through it. Drink a lot of fluids and play the game."

    The Pacers held the 76ers to .347 shooting overall, including 1-of-14 from the 3-point line, and got needed production from the bench (19 points, 22 rebounds, 14 assists) to beat a Philadelphia team that had gone 22-8 since Feb. 5, second only to Boston in the East in that span.

    "We defended the heck out of it," said O'Brien. "They're 30th in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage and we just made sure we did not give them any looks that were easy. We did a nice job of challenging shots. We challenged almost 50 percent of their shots. Other than them getting a couple of runouts and some offensive glass we did a great job defensively."

    IMPACT
    With four consecutive wins, six in seven games and 10 of 13, the Pacers improved to 35-44 but did not gain ground in their pursuit of a playoff berth. Eighth-place Atlanta (37-42) won 116-104 in New York Friday, maintaining the Hawks' lead at two games with three remaining. Atlanta's magic number for clinching eighth place is two. Philadelphia (40-39), slipped into a tie with Toronto for sixth, one game behind Washington (41-38).

    TURNING POINT
    Though Philadelphia shot badly throughout the night, even going 9-of-21 from the free-throw line, the Pacers couldn't muster enough offense to pull away. They took the lead for good with an 11-2 burst early in the second quarter that made it 30-22 but the 76ers stayed close with offensive rebounding and fast breaks fueled by 20 Pacers turnovers.

    With Thaddeus Young and Andre Miller heating up in the third period, the Sixers put together a 13-5 run to close to 53-50 but Granger kept it from getting any closer, scoring 15 in the period as the Pacers headed into the fourth with a 67-61 advantage.

    The defense then took over in the fourth period, holding the 76ers to one field goal in a span of nearly seven minutes as the Pacers put together a 15-2 run capped by six consecutive points from Granger to make it 82-65. The 76ers cut the final margin with a late run but didn't threaten the lead.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Granger was brilliant, making 13-of-25 shots, pulling 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and producing two spectacular blocks.

    "I kept getting it, Coach kept calling the play for me and I just kept shooting it and it kept going in," Granger said. "It was a great time (for a big game) because we really needed the points."

    Mike Dunleavy added 15, Troy Murphy (nine points, nine rebounds) just missed a double-double and Jermaine O'Neal (seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks), Marquis Daniels (eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks) and Travis Diener (six points, eight assists, six rebounds) were a big factor off the bench.

    LOWLIGHTS
    The Pacers were hurt by Andre Miller, who had 23 points and seven rebounds but just two assists, and Young, who scored 21. Samuel Dalembert yanked 17 rebounds, eight on the offensive glass, as the 76ers enjoyed a 20-5 advantage in second-chance points. They also scored 17 points off the Pacers' 20 turnovers – seven of which were committed by starting point guard Flip Murray. Andre Iguodala left the game briefly in the first half with a lower left leg contusion and though he returned to play 30 minutes was not a factor in the offense, scoring just nine points though he did produce 10 assists and four steals.

    NOTEWORTHY
  • In six games since O'Neal returned from a knee injury, the Pacers have held five opponents to less than 100 points.
  • The 76ers' free-throw percentage (.429) was their worst ever at Wachovia Center.
  • The Pacers swept the three-game season series.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
  • (On end of season goals) "It’s out of our hands. You can’t have any anxiety attacks, because Atlanta (Hawks) is winning. You have to worry about the team growing."
  • (On the teams growth tonight) "We did grow tonight. We defended the heck out of the game tonight. They struggled, they are 30th in the league in three-point field goal percentage, and we just made sure we did not give them any looks that were easy. We did a nice job of challenging shots, and other then them getting a couple of run outs, and offensive rebounds, we did a great job defensively."
  • (On Danny Granger’s performance) "Danny (Granger) was outstanding. He is a great shooter, and when he gets on a roll, he’s really difficult. Without Danny (Granger) carrying us in the first half, I don’t think we make it out of Philadelphia without a win tonight."
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  • (On avoiding a letdown) "Philadelphia has beaten us twice already this season. We can’t have a letdown at this point in the season. We have a high character team and we are going to come out ready to play every game."
  • (On tonight’s game) "We knew we had to win in order to have a chance to make the playoffs. We knew this team was playing just as good as any team in the East, really besides Boston (Celtics), and we came in tonight with a lot of focus. Knowing a lot of guys were sick, we just fought through it, played well, and got a big win."
  • PACERS GUARD DANNY GRANGER
  • (On tonight’s play) "I was just trying to keep them at as big of a distance as possible. They are a team that can score a lot of points quickly, because they get up the court so fast. So whenever they tried to make a run, I would try to quickly answer back."
  • (On tonight’s defense) "We clogged the lane. We made it very difficult for them to shoot jump shots in the lane. We always had hands in their faces, blocking a couple of shots. It was just a great defensive game for us."
  • (On tonight’s win) "This was probably the most important win for us, especially with the Sixers being ahead of us in the standings we where underdogs. But we got this game, and we have a few more games left, and hopefully we will be right there."