Sunday, April 1 at Houston
Game Rewind: Pacers 104, Rockets 102 (OT)
Danny Granger scored 32 points, including a 3-pointer that opened a six-point lead with 2:03 remaining in overtime, and then quelled a furious Houston rally by blocking Chandler Parson's potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Pacers pulled out a 104-102 victory over the Rockets Sunday at Toyota Center.
Granger's 3-pointer put the Pacers up 101-95, but Goran Dragic hit a 3-pointer over Roy Hibbert and Parsons converted a backcourt steal into a layup to cut Indiana's lead to 101-100.
Granger made a pair with 15.7 seconds remaining and then Parsons drove to cut it to 103-102. Darren Collison missed one of two free throws with 10.5 seconds left to leave the door open but Granger slammed it shut, forcing Parsons into a difficult step-back 3-pointer and then deflecting it to seal the victory.
The Pacers (31-21) trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter but rallied to win their final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent. The Rockets dropped to 28-25.
BY THE NUMBERS
Granger shot 11-of-20 overall, 6-of-8 from the 3-point line, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Hibbert scored 15 with nine rebounds and five blocked shots. David West had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Collison had 11 points and seven assist. Leandro Barbosa had 10 points off the bench, while Tyler Hansbrough (nine points, 10 rebounds), just missed a double-double. The Pacers shot 45 percent, had 23 assists and outrebounded the Rockets 54-44.
Dragic scored 22 with six rebounds and six assists for the Rockets, who played their eighth overtime game. Courtney Lee scored 20, Parsons 14, Luis Scola 13 and Marcus Camby 10. The Rockets shot 44 percent.
“This was a big time win for us. It was the second game of a back-to-back following a tough loss last night in San Antonio. With the early start, our guys really competed hard for five quarters, I am proud of their effort.” - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"“We thought we had a good match-up tonight with Chandler Parsons on Danny (Granger). Chandler is a good defender, but he is young and a little green. Danny really got it going in the fourth quarter and in overtime.” -Vogel
"With (Goran) Dragic out of the game we knew (Chandler) Parsons was a good outside shooter and they may go to him, when Parsons got the ball, I just ran out on him and was able to get the block.” - Granger on the final play
“I was able to get going and my shot was falling tonight. When that happens coach tends to run more plays for me, and I had it going.” - Granger
“They did a good job of getting rebounds and second chance points in the first half. In overtime we made a concerted emphasis to get rebounds and we were fortunate that we got them.” - Hibbert
STAT OF THE GAME
Outrebounded 36-31 through three quarters, the Pacers dominated the boards thereafter, beating the Rockets 23-9 -- including 9-0 in overtime.
Houston seized momentum early in the third quarter and asserted control late. With the Pacers missing eight of their first nine shots, the Rockets opened the second half with an 11-4 run to take a 53-48 lead. Chandler Parsons had a 3-pointer and a dunk in a seven-point surge that opened a 65-57 advantage, and the Rockets scored the final six of the quarter to take a 73-63 lead into the fourth. The Pacers shot 7 of 20 in the period while Houston was 14 of 21.
Houston's lead was 80-71 with 8:20 left when the Pacers found their rhythm and scored 10 in a row capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Granger, to take an 81-80 lead. Hibbert put the Pacers ahead 87-85 with a putback dunk in transition. Houston tied it twice more but the Pacers got a key stop leading 91-89 with less than 30 seconds remaining when Patrick Patterson missed a jumper.
Collison left the door open by missing two of four free throws in the final 20 seconds and Dragic scored each time. Trailing 93-91 with 14.9 seconds left, Dragic eschewed the chance to run down the clock and instead drove immediately, fooling Paul George and drawing a foul, making both to tie it with 10.4 seconds remaining. The Pacers ran a play for West, who patiently drained the clock but missed the potential game-winner at the buzzer, sendingit to overtime.
After shooting 60 percent and scoring 27 in the first quarter, the Pacers went dry in the second, shooting 6 of 17 and committing five turnovers. That opened the door for Houston to wipe out Indiana's nine-point lead with a 15-6 run capped by a game-tying 3-pointer from Lee that made it 38-all. West went to work from there to stop Houston's run with six late points as the Pacers took a 44-42 lead at the break. Granger (14) and West (10) combined to shoot 11 of 17 in the half while the rest of the Pacers were 7 of 20.
Indiana shot 40 percent from the 3-point line, improving to 13-2 on the road when hitting at least 37.5 percent. They're 2-12 on the road when they shoot less than 37.5 percent. … The Pacers improved to 3-1 in overtime games. … They finish 5-4 on the road against Western Conference teams. … After trailing by double figures at halftime in four of their previous six road games, including a 16-point deficit Saturday in San Antonio, the Pacers led 44-42 at the break. ... Vogel said before the game all five starters had come down with a bug and would miss the game. Then he admitted the April Fool's joke. … Hibbert sustained a bruised back Saturday in San Antonio when he fell into photographers and landed on a camera. … The Pacers finished March with an 8-9 record, their first losing month since March 2011. … The Rockets were without their starting backcourt and two leading scorers. Shooting guard Kevin Martin (17.1) missed his 11th consecutive game with a shoulder injury, while point guard Kyle Lowry (15.9) missed his 13th in a row with a bacterial infection.
The Pacers return home to face the New York Knicks Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). The Knicks have lost two key players since sweeping back-to-back games from the Pacers in mid-March, forward Amare Stoudemire and guard Jeremy Lin, but still are battling for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.