Flirted with a triple-double for the second game in a row, racking up 24 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot, making 10-of-19 from the field. He also accounted for the Pacers' final 11 points, scoring seven and assisting on the other two baskets, as they pulled away down the stretch.
|T. J. Ford
Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Thunder 32
Fast-break points: Thunder 11, Pacers 10
Second-chance points: Thunder 22, Pacers 13
Points off turnovers: Pacers 19, Thunder 9
Starters scoring: Pacers 73, Thunder 70
Bench scoring: Pacers 34, Thunder 29
In the last two games, T.J. Ford has totaled 37 points, 19 assists and 16 rebounds.
With tonight's win, the Pacers have their first two-game winning streak of the 2008-09 regular season.
The Pacers have won two in a row against the Thunder franchise for the first time since they won four consecutive games from December 4, 2002, to December 5, 2003. Tonight's win is Indiana's third in the last nine games against Oklahoma City.
With his 20 points tonight, Danny Granger has scored 20+ points in 10 straight games and hit for at least 10 points in 33 consecutive contests.
T.J. Ford's 24 points are his most this season, as are his 10 assists. Ford also had seven rebounds, two short of his best in 2008-09.
Indiana had a season-low 11 turnovers tonight, including just three in the second half.
Including a career-high four from Jeff Foster, the Pacers had a season-high 10 blocked shots tonight.
Carmel, Indiana native Josh McRoberts made his first appearance of the regular season and had two points with a rebound, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 10 minutes. His blocked shot was the first of his brief NBA career.
The Thunder had 19 offensive rebounds tonight, scoring 22 second chance points to the Pacers' 13 points on their eight offensive boards. Oklahoma City's offensive boards and their second chance points are the most by a Pacers' opponent this season.
Kevin Durant's 37 points tonight are his most this season and represent his first 30-point game of the year.
Durant had made just one 3-pt FG (1-6) in the Thunder's first six games, but hit 2-3 from long distance tonight
Earl Watson's nine assists are the most by a Thunder player this season
With a 44-32 edge, the Pacers outscored the opposition in the paint for the fifth time in six games. The opposition has been held to 32 or fewer points in the paint in four of the six games this season.
The Indiana bench outscored the Oklahoma City reserves, 34-29, and outscored the opposition bench for the first time this season. Jarrett Jack's bench-high 11 points tied his best outing of the season.
In their three wins, the Pacers have allowed an average of 86.0 ppg, compared to 108.0 ppg in their three losses.
Indiana tied its season-high with 107 points, but tonight's win is the Pacers' first in three games when scoring 100 or more points.
Jeff Foster scored 10+ points for the second straight game with a season-high 15 tonight. Foster scored the Pacers' first eight points of the game
On the heels of Saturday's 98-80 rout of the Nets, the Pacers travel to New Jersey for a Wednesday rematch (7:30 p.m., FSI, 1070 The Fan).
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Season plus-minus rankings
Nov. 10, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Pacers 107, Thunder 99
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“That was a sweet win for us. We had some adversity with Murph (Troy Murphy) not coming back (stomach flu). I thought Maceo (Baston) and Josh (McRoberts) did a terrific job and gave us quality minutes. I’m very proud of them. Josh really gave us a lot of energy and was very active with his hands."
"We played very tough-minded down the stretch when we needed it. At the end of the game we came up with huge steals. T.J. Ford was terrific. T.J. and Jarrett (Jack) are a tough tandem and both are quality point guards. They’re very, very tough guys."
(On when they got behind early) "We didn’t make any adjustments. We just weren’t active with our hands and we feed off our defense.”
PACERS GUARD T.J. FORD
“We were able to get stops and get out on fast breaks, resulting in points. Coach has everybody ready and Maceo and Josh played really good tonight. In our offense, the biggest thing is that a lot of guys get touches. Everybody likes that. The bench stepped up tonight when we really needed them. This is the NBA and this will happen often. There are injuries and other things."
(On his job on the team) "I feel it is to come with energy every night, play at a high level and keep our other guys energized. Coach keeps everybody ready to play and to play hard. Tonight was a good experience on how to close out a game and we got it done.”
PACERS FORWARD JOSH McROBERTS
(On his playing time) "Coach told me at hal time that I would be starting the second half because Murph was going to be out. It is my job to be ready to play and give my all anytime I am called on."
(On his teammates) "T.J. gives us so much energy and great lift whit his speed and hustle. He brings a different level of play to the game and it rubs off on us. We must keep playing with toughness and determination and I must always be ready.”
THUNDER COACH P.J. CARLESIMO
(On the Pacers) "We couldn’t guard Jarrett Jack. He really hurt us. He and T.J. had a great second half. We had a tough time guarding them. A lot of other guys played well for them too. We weren’t able to guard them at all when we went big."
"Down the stretch, when we needed a basket we couldn’t get it done and they could.”
THUNDER FORWARD KEVIN DURANT
(On his play tonight) "I just tried to be aggressive, that’s the main thing. I found some good looks and was able to knock some down. But we just want to finish our games. It was a good game throughout the fourth quarter and they just pulled away. We have to learn how to finish."
(On T.J. Ford) "He was able to get to the rim and he made some big shots. That’s the kind of player he is. Like I said, we have to learn how to help out on the defensive end and finish our games.”
THUNDER FORWARD NICK COLLISON
(On late scoring stretch for Pacers) "We just had a stretch where we couldn’t get a stop…that’s kind of the story of our year."
(On Kevin Durant) "We’re trying to find our way offensively in the half court. We have to find a way to get some easy buckets. We can’t count on him to score almost 40 every night."
(On T.J. Ford) "We struggled with him on the pick and rolls. We didn’t do a good job of covering him.”