BRANDON RUSH
Rookie matched the career-high he established Saturday night in Chicago with 29 points on 13-of-25 shooting, adding 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. He made 3-of-7 from the 3-point line and blocked one shot.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener 10:30 +1 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 33:38 -5 Jeff Foster 37:38 +10
Stephen Graham 12:49 +1 Danny Granger 41:33 +15
Roy Hibbert 15:59 0 Jarrett Jack 36:01 +6
Josh McRoberts 0:23 0 Troy Murphy DNP ---
Rasho Nesterovic 18:24 +10 Brandon Rush 33:05 +7
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 52, Wizards 34
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 17, Wizards 13
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 17, Wizards 15
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 10, Wizards 10
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 97, Wizards 97
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 27, Wizards 18
  • In back-to-back games this weekend, Rush and Danny Granger combined for 121 points (of the team's 230), 46-of-84 shooting (.548) and 13-of-26 (.500) from the 3-point line.
  • The Pacers (31-43) won for the third time in four games but their magic number for elimination from the playoffs was reduced to three by Detroit's victory in Philadelphia.
  • Troy Murphy (sprained L knee) missed his third straight game and Marquis Daniels (sprained R wrist) his fifth in a row.
  • Granger scored 31 points, making 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-6 from the arc, adding six rebounds and three assists.
  • Jarrett Jack had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds, Roy Hibbert 12 points and eight boards and T.J. Ford 10 assists off the bench.
  • The Wizards (17-58) were without Gilbert Arenas (rest), Juan Dixon (R ankle tendinitis), Brendan Haywood (R wrist) and Darius Songaila (sprained neck).
  • After limiting four straight opponents to less than 100 points, Indiana has given up an average of 113.5 in the last two games.
  • The Pacers' 124 points tonight are their most since scoring a season-high 127 vs. Golden State, 12/17. Indiana has scored 120+ points three times this season, but just once in the last 41 games.
  • With just nine tonight, the Pacers had their fifth straight game of 12 turnovers or less, and they have had a dozen or fewer miscues in eight of the last 12 games.
  • The Pacers have scored 50+ points in the paint in each of the last two games, after going six straight games without scoring at least 40 points. Indiana outscored the Wizards, 52-34, in the paint and the opposition has averaged 30.7 ppg in the paint in the last eight games.
  • The Pacers play their third game in four nights -- and second against Chicago -- when the Bulls visit Conseco Fieldhouse Tuesday. (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • March 29, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
    Pacers 124, Wizards 115


    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “That’s a good W. We played a real solid game. We ran out of gas at the end but it was a real solid effort."

    (On Brandon Rush) "It’s amazing what confidence will do. He’s playing pretty good basketball. That’s why we drafted him. He’s our best athlete and can be a very good defensive player. He can have an impact on the game. 29 and 10 is outstanding. It doesn’t matter who’s on the team if Brandon is playing with confidence, he is going to be on the floor. I’m very pleased with the growth of both rookies.”


    PACERS GUARD BRANDON RUSH
    “I am glad we got the win tonight and continue to play well. I am more comfortable and playing with more confidence and taking more high percentage shots. Roy (Hibbert), Jeff (Foster), Jack (Jarrett) and all others stepped up big tonight."

    (On him starting) "I have begun to feel a little more comfortable and a little more confident. I am playing more aggressive. We just have to be ready for our next game. We can’t wait around. We are playing well as a unit and just have to continue.”


    PACERS CENTER ROY HIBBERT
    “I have to do a better job of staying low and moving my feet on defense."

    (On his fifth foul) "I did not know the next one was the sixth, I thought that was my fifth. I must keep my head in the game and stay a little more focused."

    "With my long arms and seven feet, I just have to do a little better job of guarding the middle and not fouling. I know that the coaching staff works hard with me and I am trying to work hard with them to improve our game."

    "Jeff is a good friend of mine and is always ribbing me and really got after me when I made that sixth foul.”


    WIZARDS COACH ED TAPSCOTT
    “Two teams were in the game and they outplayed us. You can’t replace Haywood (Brendan) and Arenas (Gilbert) and we had to play with eight guys. But you have to give some credit to the guys that put us in the hole. They played better than us."

    (On their offensive performance) "10 assists out of 115 points, that’s unproportional. We have to do a better job of sharing the basketball. We had 27 assists last night, which was good. And then we followed that up with tonight and that’s definitely a step backwards."

    (On Brandon Rush) "If I’m not mistaken, he’s been playing well here lately. Confidence is great when you have it and he certainly has it right now.”


    WIZARDS CENTER ANDRAY BLATCHE
    (On Washington having only 10 assists) "We could have had more. Caron (Butler) made some great passes to me, and Antawn (Jamison) made some too. We just did not finish around the rim."

    (On the game in general) "We continued to fight, but they (the Pacers) kept hitting threes and that makes it tough. Then we started to just run out of gas. The Pacers spread the floor well, shared the ball and hit the open man. Their open men hit shots. It made it tough on us to come back.”


    WIZARDS GUARD JAVARIS CRITTENTON
    (On the team only having 10 assists) "We didn’t move the ball like we should have. We didn’t move the ball well at all. And we didn’t make shots off the pass, I guess. We did a lot of creating tonight.”