Philadelphia's young forward took over the game after the first quarter and finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, making 11-of-18 from the field.
|T. J. Ford
Points in the paint: Pacers 48, Sixers 42
Fast-break points: Sixers 17, Pacers 15
Second-chance points: Sixers 22, Pacers 14
Points off turnovers: Sixers 21, Pacers 13
Starters scoring: Sixers 72, Pacers 64
Bench scoring: Pacers 28, Sixers 22
When both teams employed big lineups, the Pacers outscored the Sixers 31-8. When both teams employed small lineups, the Sixers outscored the Pacers 86-61.
Tonight's win by the Sixers is their third in the last 10 games vs. the Pacers and they have won just two of their last five appearances in Conseco Fieldhouse
Thaddeus Young's game-high 25 points are a career-high and his 10 rebounds were one off his career-best.
The Pacers have now held an opponent under 100 points times this season, but tonight's loss is their first in those five games.
With his 10 points tonight, Jeff Foster has scored 10+ points in four consecutive games for the first time since a seven-game streak in December 2004. With his 11 rebounds, Foster registered his second double-double of the season, and his first as a reserve.
Marquis Daniels entered this season with just one double-double in his career. His 17 points and 10 rebounds tonight give him three double-doubles in the season's first eight games.
Danny Granger's 18 points tonight ended a run of 10 straight games with 20+ points. Granger scored just five points and made one field goal in the second half.
Philadelphia had a season-low 10 turnovers tonight and committed just one in the second half. Indiana on the other hand had eight second-half turnovers which resulted in nine points for the Sixers.
While no player had more than two, the Pacers tied a season-high with 10 blocked shots tonight. Brandon Rush and Jeff Foster each blocked two shots and Foster has rejected nine shots in the last four games--after not having any in the first four contests.
With his 10 points tonight, Rasho Nesterovic has scored 10+ points in two straight games--his only games this season in double- figures.
One of the league leaders in steals coming into tonight's game, the Pacers had a season-low four thefts tonight and that is their first outing with fewer than seven steals.
T.J. Ford's 12 points included 2-3 from 3-pt range and he has shot 4-6 from long range in the last three games.
The Sixers' 20 offensive rebounds are the most by a Pacers' opponent this season and are just three short of the most by any team in the NBA in 2008-09. The Sixers had a league-high 23 vs. Toronto, 10/29.
Indiana has held four of its eight opponents to less than 40 percent from the floor this season, including Philadelphia, which shot just 35-95 FGS (.368). Tonight's loss is the first in those four games.
The Pacers travel to Chicago to face No. 1 pick Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon and the Bulls Saturday in Chicago (8:30 p.m., FS-Indiana, 1070 The Fan)|
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Nov. 14, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Sixers 94, Pacers 92
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“It was a great comeback by Philadelphia. Sometimes you get too big a lead early in the game…and the NBA is a game of momentum shifts."
(At the beginning) "We were attacking the basket and I thought we forgot who we are in the second quarter on a number of things, like transition defense. As good as we were in the first quarter; it was a ball game at half time. Their best team is a small lineup and they went to a very small lineup as a result of the big lead. I think the team will be fine (going to Chicago). They’re tough minded guys who’ve worked hard all year. I have confidence in them.”
PACERS CENTER RASHO NESTEROVIC
(On the game) "After the big lead that we got, we got a little lax. We must become mentally strong and tough for 48 minutes. We had the mentality for the first 12 minutes and then lost it. "
"We’ve got to learn to be good against all teams. I think when we learn to do this we will be a much better basketball team.”
PACERS CENTER JEFF FOSTER
(On the game) "We came out with a lot of energy and intensity. After the first quarter, they became more intense and turned the aggressor. They sustained that throughout the rest of the game."
(On tomorrow night’s game) "I think we will come out as the aggressor and hopefully sustain that throughout the game. NBA is a game of runs and sometimes when you get up you relax, let your guard down and you’re behind. They were very aggressive and it showed.”
SIXERS COACH MAURICE CHEEKS
(On the 76ers after the first quarter) "We kept on fighting. The way we got back into the game was our second unit. It would have been easy to quit but we just kept playing. It’s not likely you can get down 26 and come back and win. Our bench got us back into it and then our starters finished."
(On the difference in the outcome of the game) "The difference to me is we got inside the paint, defended their jump shots and didn’t allow as many layups."
(On Thaddeus Young) "Thaddeus was great, 25 and 10. He made some plays and we played a good team game.”
SIXERS FORWARD THADDEUS YOUNG
(On the comeback) "We missed a lot of shots in the first quarter. We knew the next three quarters that we had to dig in and keep fighting. It was a team effort. We played great team defense and fought our way back into the game."
(On defending Danny Granger) "It was pretty much an effort by me and Andre Iguodala. We just tried to keep the ball out of his hands and make him make tough catches. He’s a major part of their offense. We definitely knew we had to get him out of the game in order to win.”
SIXERS GUARD ANDRE MILLER
(On the comeback) "I don’t think it was the starters that did it. I think it was the bench that came in the second quarter and got us going, got our energy going. Then we kind of picked it up from there. But they deserve all the credit. We have confidence in our bench. We know that we are going to have games like this tonight. They (the Pacers) were hitting all their shots early and we just wanted to keep pecking away, still battling even when they were hitting everything they shot."
(on Thaddeus Young) "He was big. He made a lot of hustle plays out there, got a lot of tips, offensive rebounds and loose balls. It was just a great all around effort from him tonight.”