AMARE STOUDEMIRE
Suns forward had a fantasy basketball fantasy night with 49 points on 17-of-21 shooting from the field and 15-of-15 from the line, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocked shots in a staggering all-around performance.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 1:32 +2 Marquis Daniels 37:59 -4
Travis Diener 7:45 +3 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 37:40 -13 Jeff Foster 30:33 -8
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger 39:27 -3
Roy Hibbert 14:20 -2 Jarrett Jack 21:11 -2
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 29:50 -4
Rasho Nesterovic DNP --- Brandon Rush 19:44 -19
  • Points in the paint: Suns 50, Pacers 36
  • Fast-break points: Suns 13, Pacers 11
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 10, Suns 8
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 22, Suns 21
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 82, Suns 80
  • Bench scoring: Suns 33, Pacers 21
  • With his 49 tonight, Amare Stoudemire raised his career scoring average in Conseco Fieldhouse to 31.0 in five games, the highest of any player.
  • Including tonight's win, the Suns have won seven straight games against the Pacers. That is the longest streak in the series for either Phoenix or Indiana.
  • Tonight's win is Phoenix's fourth straight at Conseco Fieldhouse, the second longest active streak for any visiting NBA team. The Sacramento Kings have won their last six trips to the Fieldhouse.
  • With his 23 points tonight, Danny Granger has scored in double figures in a career-high 30 straight games.
  • T.J. Ford scored 20+ points for the first time in the regular season with a team-high tying 23 tonight. Ford also had three assists and committed no turnovers for the second straight game.
  • Tonight's game is the 300th appearance in Marquis Daniels' NBA career.
  • After outscoring its opponents in the paint, 74-62, in the first two games, the Pacers were outscored, 50-36, in the paint by the Suns.
  • Troy Murphy scored all 12 of his points on 3-pt FGS tonight, hitting 4-7 from long range. His four 3-pt FGM are the most by any Pacers' player this season and he leads the team with eight 3-pt FGS this season.
  • Murphy led the Pacers in assists for the second straight game and he has topped Indiana in assists 12 times in the last 60 games.
  • Brandon Rush's bench-high nine points are his season-high and his 3-pt FG was his first in the regular season.
  • Including a season-best four by Grant Hill, the Suns tied their most blocked shots of the season with nine.
  • The Pacers headed into tonight's game ranked first in the league with an average of 8.0 bpg, but had just three tonight.
  • Danny Granger has blocked at least two shots in each of the Pacers' three games this season and is averaging 2.33 bpg.
  • In his first appearance of 2008-09 (regular season or preseason), Travis Diener had two points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in just under eight minutes (7:45).
  • The Pacers head to Cleveland to face LeBron James, Mo Williams and the Cavaliers Friday at 7:30 p.m. (FSI, 1070 The Fan).
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  • Nov. 5, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse
    Suns 113, Pacers 103


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “That was a terrific performance by (Amare) Stoudemire. We had no answers for him. The story tonight was Stoudemire. We have to understand and be disciplined to do what we do best. I think we have to move. We stood around in the third quarter. We didn’t have our tempo because they were scoring buckets. We played a brilliant first half of offensive basketball and not even an average third quarter.”
    PACERS GUARD T.J. FORD
    (On the game) "We started well and they were able to keep their composure and come back. They’re a good basketball team, we knew that."

    (On the third quarter) "We just couldn’t figure out how to do the things that we were doing earlier. We lost our offense, defense and couldn’t get stops. We couldn’t get the spark that we needed. We knew they were a good basketball team, they knew it and showcased it very well tonight.”


    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    (On the game) "We couldn’t get a handle on it and struggled in the third quarter. We should have and could have won the game. We had lapses and it costs you in the NBA. No excuse when you let a guy score 49 points on you. He’s good and we respect him, but we shouldn’t let him score 49 points. We got away from our system and it cost us the game.”
    SUNS COACH TERRY PORTER
    (On the Suns) "Very exciting game for us. We knew this game was going to be tough. It was a great character win tonight. They just gutted it out."

    (On Amare Stoudemire) "Amare really carried us all night. Steals, rebounds, points, everything we needed tonight. We needed every one of those 49 points."

    (On Shaquille O’Neal) "He wasn’t even going to play tonight. He had a great pre-game workout and gutted it out for us tonight."

    (On the Pacers) "I was really impressed with them. I really like T.J. Ford. If they can stay healthy, I like chances.”


    SUNS GUARD STEVE NASH
    (On the Suns slow start and turning it around in third quarter) "I think we were able to string together some stops and we made a lot of plays on defense. I thought that is what turned the game around. It gave us the momentum into the fourth quarter and we were able to keep it. We didn’t play well early. It was a tough game for us, but the fact that we were able to pick it up in the third and fourth quarter, it was good for us."

    (On Amare Stoudemire’s 49 points) "He was unbelievable. It might have been the best game I’ve ever seen him play since he’s been with us. He was doing everything, rebounding, he shot the ball well, had a high field goal percentage, he was unstoppable."

    (On why they struggled early) "Early on we weren’t mentally or physically sharp. Like I said before it took us a while to get into it. But we were able to find a way to hang in there and it was a good test for us.”


    SUNS FORWARD AMARE STOUDEMIRE
    (Is he upset about not getting his career high?) "No, not at all. The most important thing is we won the game. The defensive effort is what I am most impressed about."

    (On dominating from the start) "I worked to dominate from the start. I took it upon myself to go out there and get guys involved and just to dominate offensively and defensively. Defense is something I’ve been keying on this year. I really tried to set a tone early with that."

    (On giving the team a spark) "Tonight, with back to backs, I took it upon myself to give us a spark. I was just totally into it. I was in here before the game preparing myself. And when the ball went up, I was totally into the game."

    (On only missing 4 shots tonight) "I’m just trying to really stay sharp from all aspects – from the free throw line, field goal percentage, and my all around game. My ultimate goal is to be a complete player.”