Postgame Report: Pacers 108, Warriors 94 091111

Player of the Game

Snapped out of his brief shooting funk with 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting, adding a career-high 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in 42 minutes.


Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 4:44 +7 Jeff Foster DNP ---
Danny Granger 41:55 +19 Tyler Hansbrough 16:09 -6
Luther Head 18:29 +3 Roy Hibbert 24:55 +20
Dahntay Jones 36:34 +17 Solomon Jones 19:41 -4
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy DNP ---
A.J. Price 8:07 +4 Brandon Rush 34:17 +7
Earl Watson 35:09 +3

Hustle Board

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 38, Warriors 36
  • Fast-break points: Warriors 20, Pacers 11
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 16, Warriors 6
  • Points off turnovers: Warriors 21, Pacers 16
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 74, Warriors 43
  • Bench scoring: Warriors 51, Pacers 34

  • Stat of the Night

    The Pacers have their first three-game winning streak since precisely one year ago, Nov. 8-12, 2008, when they beat the Nets twice and the Thunder.

    News & Notes

  • Having held the Warriors to 94 points, the Pacers have held opponents under 100 points in three straight games for the first time since doing so in four straight games in mid to late March (3/18 to 3/25).
  • On his way to his first double-double of the season, Danny Granger tied his season-high with 31 points and gathered a career-high 16 rebounds tonight.
  • While falling one rebound short of his fourth consecutive double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with a career-high four assists and he blocked two shots in 25 minutes.
  • With 34 free throw attempts to Golden State's 24, the Pacers had more attempts from the foul line their opponent for the third time this season and they are 3-0 in those games. The Pacers had more free throw attempts than the opposition just 15 times in all of 2008-09.
  • Including a career-high four from Dahntay Jones, the Pacers blocked a season-high 12 shots tonight. Indiana had four players with at least two rejections tonight.
  • In his second career appearance, Tyler Hansbrough scored in double figures again with 11 points and he collected eight rebounds to go with one blocked shot.
  • With its season-high 57 boards tonight, Indiana registered 50+ rebounds for the third straight game.
  • Earl Watson accounted for three of the Pacers' five steals tonight, his most in a Pacers' uniform.
  • Corey Maggette led the Warriors with a season-high 21 points tonight. He has scored 20+ points three times in 2009-10.

  • Up Next

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Marquis Daniels and the Boston Celtics make their only visit of the season to Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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    Nov. 11, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 108, Warriors 94

    Granger scores 31, defense again stout as Pacers win 3rd straight

    By Conrad Brunner

    There have been two constants with the Pacers this season: defense and injuries. Both were once again evident in their 108-94 victory over the Warriors Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    In their three-game win streak, the Pacers have held each of their opponents to fewer than 100 points. It should be noted that two of those, the Warriors and Knicks, rank among the league's most explosive offensive teams.

    And they lost yet another player to injury when T.J. Ford grimaced after a pump-fake midway through the first quarter, called a 20-second timeout and headed straight to the locker room with back spasms. His long-term prognosis is uncertain but with Ford, Troy Murphy (back), Danny Granger (heel), Mike Dunleavy (knee), Luther Head (foot), Brandon Rush (ankle), Travis Diener (toe) and Jeff Foster (ankle) all battling injuries of varying severity, Coach Jim O'Brien had to call off practice Thursday.

    "Frankly, we wouldn't be able to field enough guys to practice with," he said, rubbing his temples. "That's how banged-up we are right now."

    When Ford left the game, Earl Watson stepped in and performed well, scoring 16, making all three of his 3-point attempts, adding six rebounds, three assists and three steals. His play at both ends was central to the Pacers' cause, as was that of Granger. Battling an early-season shooting funk, Granger scored 31 points on 12-of-24 from the field, adding a career-high 16 rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocked shots.

    "We did some positive things tonight," said O'Brien. "Earl really stepped up and led us. You don’t like T.J. (Ford) to go down, but it’s nice to know you’ve got somebody like Earl to come in and play the way he played. He’s been a breath of fresh air. Danny played within himself. I think he moved well and he passed well, especially in the first half. He scored, distributed and rebounded. He played a very solid brand of basketball. "

    The defense continued to show its mettle, as well. The Pacers controlled the first half, building a 64-47 lead at the break and were up by as many as 21 in the third quarter before the Warriors (2-5) dug in and tried to find enough traction to come back. They started to attack the basket more frequently, extended the defensive pressure and kept chipping away until the lead was all the way down to 98-91 on a dunk by Monta Ellis with 2:55 left.

    But they would get no closer as the Pacers came up with big stops and Granger scored six of the final eight.

    “We really take pride in our defense. We all help each other out," said Granger. "It’s something that we’ve worked on in practice and it seems like it’s starting to come together."

    As for his offensive game, Granger got himself going by keeping the jumper on the shelf in the early going. He passed, he rebounded, he moved without the ball, he drove aggressively to the rim. Thus established, the jump shot followed.

    "Sometimes it takes time to get into the flow of the game," he said. "Everybody goes through a slump occasionally but I know if I keep putting it up sooner or later it’s going to all come together and I hope tonight is a good indicator of what I’m going to do from here on out. "

    The Pacers (3-3) made a positive impression on the Warriors.

    “I thought Indiana guarded us well. They took our shots away," said Coach Don Nelson. "(Roy) Hibbert was doing a nice job. I’ve always been a fan of Tyler Hansbrough. I think he’s going to be a great player. Larry Bird made probably the best pick in the draft. I give the Pacers credit. "

    The Warriors were not without dramatic subplots, the feature being the relationship between Nelson and Stephen Jackson, whose agent recently went public with scathing criticism of the coach in an effort to help facilitate his client's wish to be traded. Jackson played just 18 minutes against the Pacers, with Nelson saying a back injury was the limiting factor.

    "I’m fine," Jackson said. "My back is not sore at all. Maybe just a little scratch. I just want to play regardless of where I’m at, I want to play. But I have no control over that. I don’t care where I’m at, whether I’m in Africa or wherever, I want to play. Everybody knows the situation here. I think everybody expects me to blow up or something, but I’m not going to do that. I respect the coach always."

    The Pacers are not without their problems but at least that one is long gone.