Player of the Game
DANNY GRANGER
Scored a game-high 26 points, his fourth in a row with at least 20, making 11-of-20 from the field and adding eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Diener DNP -9
Dunleavy +13 -30
Ford DNP -203
Foster DNP -9
Granger +13 -49
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head -9 +14
Hibbert +4 -75
D. Jones +12 -153
S. Jones DNP -133
McRoberts DNP -20
Murphy +7 -228
Price +2 -8
Rush +14 -121
Watson +9 -57
Noteworthy
  • Coach Jim O'Brien opened with a very small lineup with Earl Watson and Luther Head in the backcourt, Brandon Rush and Danny Granger at the forwards and Troy Murphy at center. It's the 17th lineup of the season.
  • Troy Murphy tied his career-high with seven assists and was three shy of his firs triple-double. With 11 points and 12 rebounds, Murphy had his fifth straight double-double and 19th of the season.
  • Brandon Rush hit 3-of-5 from the 3-point line and is now 15-of-29 (.517) in his last seven games.
  • Indiana improved to 13-8 when scoring at least 100, and 13-9 when shooting at least 33 percent from the 3-point line.
  • The Pacers are 7-4 when they start a small lineup.
  • Tyler Hansbrough missed his fifth straight game and 12th in 16 with an inner ear infection.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Pacers 48, Sixers 34
    Fast-break points:
    Pacers 12, Sixers 9
    Second-chance points:
    Pacers 14, Sixers 6
    Points off turnovers:
    Pacers 22, Sixers 19
    Starters scoring:
    Pacers 71, Sixers 63
    Bench scoring:
    Pacers 38, Sixers 35
    Stat of the Night
    After Philadelphia scored 59 points on 62 percent shooting in the first half, the Pacers held the Sixers to 39 points on 28 percent shooting in the second.
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    Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and the Los Angeles Lakers make their only visit of the season to Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    END RESULT
    When the Sixers matched down, they couldn't match up with the Pacers' small lineup.

    Starting a small group with Troy Murphy at center and four perimeter players that ultimately took Philadelphia's big men out of the game, the Pacers dominated the second half defensively and pulled out a 109-98 victory Monday before 10,579 in Wachovia Center.

    Danny Granger scored 26 with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Pacers, but Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush combined for 10 in a row down the stretch when the Pacers put the game away.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers split their home-and-home mini-series with the Sixers, improving to 16-29 overall and 6-18 on the road. They've won consecutive road games for the first time since mid-November and three of five after a nine-game losing streak. Philadelphia had a two-game win streak snapped and dropped to 15-29 overall, 7-15 at home.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • “We played great defense in the second half. We held them to 28 percent from the floor and we defended and challenged shots close to 50 percent of the time." – Jim O'Brien.
  • "We will go with it as many games as we can as long as we can because that is our best lineup.” – O'Brien on the small lineup.
  • "We really spread the ball around tonight. Brandon played great in the first half and Dahntay played well in the fourth quarter. " – Danny Granger.
  • “We got chewed out at halftime after giving up 61 percent shooting." – Granger.
  • "I thought they gave us a difficult time with their lineup, a small lineup they came out with. … They spread us out and we are trying to stay with our best players to match up and hurt them at the other end." – Sixers Coach Eddie Jordan.

    KEY MOMENTS
    The Pacers set themselves up for victory by not losing it in the first half when Philadelphia was red-hot. The Sixers made 20 of their first 29 shots, including their first eight of the second quarter, in building 47-36 lead. But the Pacers scored 10 in a row, including 3-pointers from Rush and Granger, to close the gap and Philadelphia led just 59-56 at the break despite 62 percent shooting in the half.

    When the Sixers' shots stopped falling, the Pacers assumed control. Philadelphia missed 22 of its first 27 in the second half as the Pacers built an 87-76 lead with 9:36 remaining. The Sixers put together a brief flurry to close to 91-90 but the Pacers answered by posting Jones against the much smaller Lou Williams and he answered with three straight buckets to make it 102-97.

    After Andre Iguodala made a free throw to cut it to four with 1:30 left, the Pacers had a strong sequence with Troy Murphy tapping out an offensive rebound to salvage a critical possession, Earl Watson driving, drawing the defense and dishing to an open Rush in the corner for the dagger 3-pointer with 49 seconds left.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Offensive balance was the theme of the night for the Pacers, who had six players score in double figures and totaled 25 assists. Granger's game-high 26 led the way and he produced a solid all-around game. Jones was 8-of-14 for 18 off the bench, adding four rebounds and four assists. Rush had another strong game with 16 points, hitting 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.

    Murphy had 11 points, 12 rebounds and tied his career-high with seven assists. Luther Head and Roy Hibbert scored 10 apiece. The Pacers shot 52 percent overall, 8-of-22 from the arc but missed seven free throws.

    Iguodala had 22 points on 9-of-21 shooting to lead the Sixers, adding seven rebounds. Allen Iverson scored 20 with six assists and Williams scored 16. Elton Brand, the dominant force in Philadelphia's 10-point win Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse, managed just 12 points in 35 minutes. The Sixers shot 44 percent for the game.