DANNY GRANGER
Produced his third straight game of at least 30 points, scoring 35 on 12-of-23 shooting, including a career-high seven 3-pointers (in 11 attempts), adding a team-high nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 27:23 -8 David Harrison 8:31 +6
Travis Diener 23:13 +1 Troy Murphy 16:31 -6
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal 22:58 -7
Mike Dunleavy 44:02 -4 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster DNP --- Kareem Rush 24:35 -2
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 44:52 -2 Shawne Williams 3:08 -5
Flip Murray 24:47 -8
  • Points in the paint: Wizards 42, Pacers 32
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 17, Wizards 7
  • Second-chance points: Wizards 23, Pacers 6
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 21, Wizards 16
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 88, Wizards 47
  • Bench scoring: Wizards 70, Pacers 22
  • If Granger scores at least 30 in the finale Wednesday against New York, he will join Jermaine O'Neal (2004-05) and Chuck Person (1990) as the only Pacers to do so in four consecutive games in the last 18 years.
    The 2007-08 season concludes Wednesday as Donnie Walsh returns with the New York Knicks (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, 1070 The Fan) on Fan Appreciation Night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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  • Washington 117, Indiana 110
    Wizards eliminate Pacers with reserves

    At Washington | April 14, 2008


    What was left of the playoff race came to a screeching halt just short of the finish line Monday night. Though severely shorthanded, Washington got an astonishing 70 points from its reserves and dominated most of the way in a 117-110 victory that eliminated the Pacers from playoff contention.

    Indiana failed to qualify for the postseason for the second year in a row, the first time that's happened since the 1987-88 and '88-89 seasons.

    "We're very disappointed we didn't make the playoffs," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "That's why you play. You play to go to the postseason and any year you don't make the playoffs you're very disappointed."

    Indiana trailed by double figures throughout the second and third periods and into the fourth before staging a rally that cut a 110-96 deficit to 113-110 with 17.6 seconds remaining but the Wizards closed it the door at the free-throw line.

    Danny Granger scored 35 points, his third consecutive game of at least 30, and Mike Dunleavy added 26 for the Pacers, who were outrebounded 58-31. The Wizards played without two of their three leading scorers, Gilbert Arenas (precautionary rest) and Caron Butler (bruised right knee), while the Pacers were minus Jeff Foster (bruised right knee).

    IMPACT
    With their second consecutive loss, the Pacers (35-46) need a victory over New York in Wednesday's finale in Conseco Fieldhouse to improve upon last season's victory total. Washington (43-38) remained in fifth in the East and will play Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs.

    TURNING POINT
    The Pacers seemed to be in an emotional hangover from Saturday night's frustrating home loss to Charlotte and the Wizards took full advantage, scoring at least 30 points in each of the first three quarters and leading by double figures most of the way. Their biggest lead was 22 (94-72) in the third period.

    Granger provided a late spark, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter including a 3-pointer that cut it to 112-105 with 1:10 remaining but after Dominic McGuire missed a pair of free throws, Dunleavy traveled to squander an opportunity to apply further pressure. Marquis Daniels hit a corner 3-pointer to cut it to 113-110 in the closing seconds but McGuire, who missed three of four on his two previous trips to the line, made both with 16 seconds left and then Dunleavy missed a 3-pointer as the Wizards escaped.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Aside from the production of Granger (12-of-23 shooting, a career-high seven 3-pointers, a team-high nine rebounds, three assists and a steal) and Dunleavy (9-of-17 shooting, six assists, three blocks and two steals) the Pacers offered precious little in the way of resistance.

    LOWLIGHTS
    Rebounding continued to be a problem as the Wizards grabbed 20 offensive boards that led to a 23-6 advantage in second-chance points. The bench was outscored 70-22 as Washington's Roger Mason scored 31 on 10-of-16 shooting, including 7-of-9 from the 3-point line, adding six rebounds and four assists.

    "He was great. He was absolutely terrific," O'Brien said of Mason. "He had a big-time game and we had no answer for him at all."

    Nick Young scored 14, Andray Blatche 11 with 11 rebounds and McGuire had a career-high nine points and 10 rebounds. Antawn Jamison led the starters with 12 points. Washington shot 13-of-24 (.542) from the 3-point line.

    Flip Murray (2-of-7, four turnovers) continued his late-season slump, while Kareem Rush (1-of-4 in 25 minutes) didn't take advantage of his start. The three reserves that played the most (Jermaine O'Neal, Marquis Daniels and Travis Diener) combined to shoot 5-of-18. Washington's reserves, on the other hand, shot 24-of-45 (.533).

    NOTEWORTHY
  • Wizards starting guard DeShawn Stevenson, went to the locker room in the first minute of the third quarter with back pain and did not return.
  • Rush also left early in the third quarter, shaking his left wrist, and did not return.
  • In the last seven games, the Pacers have been outrebounded by 69 (9.9 per game) and opponents have averaged 19.7 second-chance points.

    COACH JIM O'BRIEN
  • (On missing the playoffs) “We’re very disappointed that we didn’t make the playoffs. That’s why you play. You play to go to the postseason and when you hear that you’re not going to make the playoffs it’s very disappointing.”
  • FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
  • (On missing the playoffs) “In past years, the Pacers organization has always been in the playoffs and in the last two years we’ve missed it.”
  • (On the play of Roger Mason) “Every time he shot it, it looked good. He had one of those great nights. I don’t know if it was a career night or not. He pretty much carried them.”
  • (On rebounding) “Brendan Haywood is so long. We tried to get in the lanes, but he’s so much longer than us. It wasn’t falling our way at all. When we did box out, somebody else was wide open. We just didn’t have it tonight.”
  • FORWARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
  • (On missing the playoffs) “It’s disappointing. We really gave it away the other night against Charlotte and tonight was just the icing on the cake.”
  • (On Roger Mason) “He made some tough shots. The Wizards have a group of guys that can do some damage when their main guys are out.”
  • FORWARD JERMAINE O'NEAL
  • “It’s definitely disappointing. We’re just going to have to start all over again and get ready for next year.”
  • (On the Wizards chances in the playoffs) “They’ll be a pretty good team. Once they get Caron (Butler) and Gilbert (Arenas) back, they’ll be a tough out for anybody.”
  • (On tonight’s game) “We’ve really struggled this year. We struggled on the defensive end. We struggled pretty much the first two and a half quarters. I think we did a good job at trying to make a run at the end, but when you’re in a situation when you’ve got to win it’s disappointing to lose. The biggest disappointment is having to sit out another summer.”