DANNY GRANGER
Topped 30 points for the third straight game, scoring 37 including the game-tying and game-winning jumpers in the final 35 seconds. He made 13-of-27 from the field, 5-of-11 from the 3-point line, adding six assists, five rebounds, four steals and a blocked shots.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener 24:48 -9 Mike Dunleavy 20:58 -7
T. J. Ford DNP --- Jeff Foster 27:22 -10
Stephen Graham 34:10 +8 Danny Granger 37:57 +16
Roy Hibbert 7:30 +11 Jarrett Jack 32:29 +6
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 23:10 +6
Rasho Nesterovic 16:50 +2 Brandon Rush 14:46 -8
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 48, Suns 44
  • Fast-break points: Suns 10, Pacers 5
  • Second-chance points: Suns 13, Pacers 6
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 25, Suns 21
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 76, Suns 75
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 37, Suns 35
  • For the ninth time in 10 games, the Pacers went right down to the wire. Their last three wins have come by a total of 10 points and two came in the closing seconds (including Jarrett Jack's game-winner in New York). This was the Pacers' 11th game of the season decided by three points or less, most in the NBA, and they improved to 5-6.
  • The Pacers (13-22) won for the third time in four games and snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Suns.
  • The Suns (19-13) had a three-game winning streak snapped.
  • Mike Dunleavy made his first appearance of the season for the Pacers, playing 21 minutes and totaling 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and four assists. He made the pass to Granger for the game-winner.
  • The Pacers played without two starters, as T.J. Ford (lower back) and Marquis Daniels (strained groin) missed with injuries. Stephen Graham started for Daniels and scored 13 points with seven rebounds and three assists. Jarrett Jack started for Ford and had 11 points and five assists.
  • Troy Murphy had streaks of five consecutive double-doubles and 10 consecutive double-figures rebound games come to an end as he pulled six in 23 minutes.
  • The Pacers led for all but 11 seconds of the game but Phoenix's first and only lead came on Leandro Barbosa's 3-pointer that made it 110-108 with 45 seconds left.
  • Phoenix played without center Shaquille O'Neal (sore lower back).
  • The road trip continues Friday in Los Angeles against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers (10:30, Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan. The Pacers beat the Lakers 118-117 on Troy Murphy's tip-in on Dec. 2.
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  • Jan. 7, 2009 at Phoenix
    Pacers 113, Suns 110


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “If Danny Granger isn’t an All Star, then I don’t know what an All Star looks like. He was spectacular tonight and a great team win for us. I thought our defense in the second half was outstanding. It’s great to win at the buzzer.

    (On Granger) "His last 10 games, he’s averaging 31 points a game. He has a 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. He’s averaging close to 50% from the three. He made some spectacular defensive plays on Amar’e. He’s bringing the whole package."

    "We’ve been in so many close games this year. If you look at the number of games that have been won or lost in 5 points… We’ve lost two in one week at the buzzer like we won here. We’ve won 3 out of the last 4 ball games and they were all tight. We’re learning by being in so many close games.”


    PACERS FORWARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
    “It felt great to be back and to get a win and a win in that fashion is terrific. We need to get some wins and to get this one tonight, we’ll take it."

    (On last shot) "It was exactly what we drew up. We went to the first option and Danny was the main option and he just stepped back there and drilled it. It was a great shot by him."

    "The way we play, we can beat any team in the league, but we can also lose to any team in the league.”


    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    “Coach drew up a great play. We ran some people around and I ran away and I popped to the top and got a look. When I got that open look, I let it go. I’m always confident it’s going in the hole. We’re just trying to get as many wins as possible because we’re better than our record shows."

    "My last game winning shot I think was in college. "

    "I think we made some big defensive plays. We stepped up and took some charges. Luckily they missed some open looks, but we missed some open looks too. I think defensively, we played better than we had in the past, especially against a top notch team.”


    SUNS COACH TERRY PORTER
    (Opening Statement) “Well, we haven’t had much luck with last second shots, game winners, walk-off game winners this year. We seem to be kind of snake bitten. In that situation, we talked about switching everything and somehow we had two guys going with the curl guy, and he popped. Steve saw him open and popped out, but we just didn’t do a good job communicating in that situation. With .9 seconds, Granger made a heck of a shot.”

    (On if the long break between games contributed to the slow start) “I don’t know if you can say that, I thought our practices were really good and they were sharp. We just missed a lot of shots and missed free throws. We just couldn’t make some stuff early and they were hitting everything. Again, we turned it over which hurt us again tonight. For the most part, we have had that under control. Tonight, we just didn’t do a good job of it again. We had 19 turnovers and they got 25 points off of them. That really hurt us, but I thought our guys were aggressive and we took the ball to the basket and ended up with 39 free throws which was good. I just thought our guys battled, I thought we battled the whole game. I thought when we got that lead we were good, once LB hit that shot we were good but you have to keep playing. It was disappointing obviously to lose that game, but we just have to move on.”


    SUNS FORWARD AMARE STOUDEMIRE
    (On the game) “We lost. Those are the words you can put it in. We didn’t quite shoot the ball well in the first half and kind of got in a rhythm in the second half. We played well and did everything we could to win the game – fought back and got back in the game, but (Danny Granger) just happened to make a tough shot there at the end. It happens that way sometimes.”

    (On whether the long break between games affected the offense) “I think so. Having so many games off – not practices, but games – it’s hard to get into a game rhythm. We’re going to have practice tomorrow, watch some film and get ready for the Mavericks on Friday.”


    SUNS GUARD JASON RICHARDSON
    (On the game) “The second buzzer beater – it’s tough. In a game like this, where we were down bad and we fought the entire game. We didn’t shoot the ball quite as well as we normally do, but we found a way to have an opportunity to win the game or go to overtime and to have a guy come out and hit a fade away three is tough.”

    (On the slow offensive start) “We were just getting used to playing together after so many days off – it was just getting back into the game rhythm.”