The 3-point shot deserted them at the end. And in the beginning, not to mention the middle. Missing 19 from the arc, including all six in the fourth quarter and three open looks in the final two minutes, the Pacers blew a 14-point lead and lost their regular-season finale 98-97 Wednesday in Washington to the Wizards before 16,126 at Verizon Center. Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 29 before his hometown fans but was on the bench for the final five possessions when the Pacers came up empty and allowed the Wizards to complete their comeback. The Pacers finished the 2009-10 season with a 32-50 record overall, 9-32 on the road. Both are their worst records since the 1988-89 season. Their streak of four straight non-playoff finishes is their longest since 1982-86. The Wizards finished 26-56 overall, 15-26 at home.
On the occasion of the final home game of their fourth consecutive non-playoff season, the Pacers were given a stark reminder of the gap between where they are and where they aspire to be. Orlando, a team that starts four All-Stars and two likely future Hall of Famers (Dwight Howard and Vince Carter) still playing with a high level of motivation down to the wire, simply hammered the Pacers from the opening tip. Bolting to a 24-point first-quarter lead, the Magic coasted to a 118-98 victory to spoil a sellout crowd of 18,165 on Fan Appreciation Night on Monday in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers had their four-game win streak snapped and fell to 32-49 overall, finishing their home schedule at 23-18 with 11 wins in their final 13 games at Conseco Fieldhouse. Orlando won its fifth in a row to improve to 58-23 overall, 25-16 on the road and moved 1½ games ahead of the Lakers (56-24) in the race for the second-best record in the NBA and potential homecourt advantage for the NBA Finals. More
After getting off to a hot shooting start, shooting 72 percent midway through the second quarter, the Nets were bound to cool down. After missing 11 of their first 12 shots from the 3-point line, the Pacers were bound to heat up.
The law of averages was in full force thereafter as the Pacers heated up in the second half and took control of the game behind Troy Murphy's 25 points and Danny Granger's 22 to rally past the Nets 115-102 Saturday before a sellout crowd of 18, 165 in Conseco Fieldhouse. In addition to sweeping the Nets, the Pacers won their fourth in a row overall, 10th in 12 games and 11th in the last 12 at home to improve to 32-48 overall, 23-17 at home. The Nets had lost their ninth straight road game and dropped to 12-68 overall, 4-36 on the road. More
With the top seed in the NBA playoffs assured, LeBron James, Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams have nothing left to play for, so they didn't. That left a group of athletic, hungry reserves to face the Pacers Friday night in Quicken Loans Arena and the result was a taut, active and entertaining game. But the Pacers had their best players on the court at the end and ultimately that made the difference as Danny Granger scored 13 of his 36 in the fourth quarter as Indiana rallied from a six-point deficit in the final seven minutes to pull out a 116-113 victory before a sellout crowd of 20,562. The Pacers snapped a 10-game losing streak in Cleveland, and won for the ninth time in 11 games overall to improve to 31-48 (9-31 on the road). The Cavs lost for the third time in four games and dropped to 61-19 overall, 35-5 at home. More
The blistering start couldn't last, and it didn't. But when the Pacers hit some chuckholes, they didn't fall apart and instead stood firm, holding off repeated challenges by the Knicks to pull out a 113-105 victory before 15,330 Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Danny Granger scored 33 for the Pacers, who shot 74 percent and racked up 51 points and a 20-point lead in the first 15½ minutes, but slipped to 35 percent the rest of the night but managed to hold off the Knicks. The Pacers won their second in a row, third in four and eight in 10 to improve to 30-46 overall, 22-17 at home. They've won 10 of 11 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Knicks had won two straight coming in but fell to 28-50 overall, 11-28 on the road. More
If this is an omen, it's not a good one for the Butler Bulldogs. On the eve of the NCAA title game Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Pacers' three Duke products all scored in double figures – call it a Dukie triple-double – including a career-high 18 from Josh McRoberts, as the Pacers dominated Houston 133-102 Sunday before 14,201 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers rolled up a season-high point total as well as their widest margin of victory as eight players scored in double figures, led by Roy Hibbert's 20 points (not to mention 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks). The Pacers assured their 21st consecutive season with a winning record at home, improving to 21-17 at Conseco Fieldhouse (where they've won nine of 10) and 29-48 overall. They've won seven of nine. The Pacers also swept the series from the Rockets for the second season in a row. Houston dropped to 38-38 overall, 17-21 on the road. More
Dwyane Wade worked so hard bringing Miami back, he wasn't about to let the effort go to waste. After scoring 18 in the third quarter to wipe out an 11-point Indiana lead, he scored eight in a row in overtime to lift the Heat to a 105-96 victory over the Pacers before 16,787 Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers' best chance to win turned out to be the final possession of regulation but they couldn't get a good look and Granger missed a closely guarded jumper as time expired. Granger missed his final six shots, including all four in overtime, as Miami pulled away in the extra period. The Pacers had their eight-game home winning streak snapped, falling to 28-48 overall, 20-17 at the Fieldhouse. Surging down the stretch, Miami (42-34 overall, 20-18 on the road) has won seven in a row and 13 of 16 and swept the season series from the Pacers for the first time ever. More
On the occasion of his 100th victory with the Pacers, Coach Jim O'Brien had a little fun at his own expense. "Irrelevant," he said with a smile, his choice of adjectives no accident. "Totally irrelevant." The Pacers reached that particular milestone with a 102-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday before 13,339 in Conseco Fieldhouse, a game delivered once again by Danny Granger. The surging star scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half, 11 in a 22-4 run in the third quarter that wiped out a nine-point halftime deficit and put the Pacers ahead for good. The Pacers won their eighth straight home game, their longest since winning their final eight home games of the 2003-04 season, and sixth in seven overall to improve to 28-47, 20-16 at home. The Kings dropped their fifth straight game and fell to 24-51 overall, 7-32 on the road. More
Utah was doing what it does, methodically making its way toward another victory, opening up a 12-point lead with five minutes left in the third quarter. And then it was as if a switch flipped, the Pacers turned on and the lights went out on the Jazz. With Danny Granger scoring 25 of his career-high 44 points in the final 17 minutes, the Pacers put together a stunning rally to whip the Jazz 122-106 Friday before 15,463 frenzied fans in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers won their fifth in a row, tying the season-best win streak and their seventh straight at home, where they're 19-16. Indiana is 27-46 overall. In the last seven games, the Pacers have won six – three over playoff teams (Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Utah) – with the only loss coming by five points in Cleveland. Utah had won three in a row by an average margin of 19.7 points but that streak was snapped, as was a streak of four straight wins in the series. More
Danny Granger is playing like a guy trying to make up for lost time. Determined to finish an otherwise frustrating season on a positive note, Granger scored at least 30 points for the third consecutive game, producing 11 of his 31 in the fourth quarter as the Pacers bounced the Washington Wizards 99-82 Wednesday before 12,504 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Though starting center Roy Hibbert missed the game with a bruised jaw, Josh McRoberts stepped into the lineup and produced the second double-double of his career with 14 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes, providing much-needed energy to a team playing its third game in four nights.The Pacers won their fourth straight game, their longest streak since a five-gamer in early November, to improve to 26-46. They also won their season-best sixth in a row at home, where they're 18-16. They also handed the Wizards their 13th consecutive loss, tying their franchise record. Washington fell to 21-49 overall, 9-26 on the road. More
They aren't going to make the playoffs, but the Pacers at least made a little history. Danny Granger scored 13 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and teamed with Brandon Rush for three consecutive 3-pointers that locked it up in the final minutes as the Pacers beat the Pistons 98-83 before 17,109 in The Palace of Auburn Hills Tuesday night. The Pacers thus swept the season series from Detroit for the first time in 34 NBA seasons. Continuing their unlikely, unexpected late-season surge, the Pacers won their third in a row and fourth in five games. They beat the Pistons for the sixth straight time and snapped a nine-game road losing streak in the process. Indiana improved to 25-46 overall, 8-30 on the road. The Pistons dropped their sixth in a row to fall to 23-48 overall, 16-20 at home. More
March madness isn't limited to the college basketball world. Playing at their highest level since the opening weeks of the season, the Pacers thoroughly dominated a talented, red-hot Oklahoma City team Sunday, leading by as many as 31 points before settling for a 121-101 decision before 14,701 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Thunder had won 18 of 22 coming in and is in a battle for homecourt advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoff bracket but never got into the game against the Pacers, who held Kevin Durant to 16 points – half his career average against the Pacers – on 4-of-16 shooting while Danny Granger went for 32 as all five starters scored in double figures. More
If there were any lingering concerns about Danny Granger's focus or vision after getting whacked in the face earlier this week and missing a game as a result, they have been officially laid to rest. In fact, the blow may have re-calibrated Granger's sights.
He made 11-of-16 shots, including both 3-pointers, scoring a game-high 29 points while finding teammates for six assists as the Pacers held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Detroit to beat the Pistons 106-102 Friday before 13,583 in Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers won their fourth in a row at home, squaring their CFH record at 16-16, and beat the Pistons for the fifth straight try to improve to 23-46 overall, tying the Pistons for fourth in the Central Division. Detroit lost its eighth straight road game, falling to 7-27 outside of the walls of the Palace. More
Trailing by 18 early in the fourth quarter, the Pacers needed more than a spark to get back in the game against the best team in the Eastern Conference. They got a blowtorch from their young threesome of A.J. Price, Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert, who brought them almost all the way back before falling just short at the finish, 99-94, Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The three combined for 17 points in a 22-5 run that cut the Cavs' lead to 88-87 but the Pacers would get no closer as LeBron James took over, finishing off his 32-point, nine-rebound, nine-assist game with three straight scores to answer the Indiana run. In the absence of leading scorer Danny Granger, out with an upper cheek injury, Roy Hibbert had 20 and Troy Murphy posted his fourth straight double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana. Despite the impressive performance, the Pacers lost their ninth straight on the road, falling to 22-46 overall and 7-30 away from Conseco Fieldhouse. More
A much-needed 99-94 victory over a quality opponent produced an uneasy feeling for the Pacers as leading scorer Danny Granger was knocked from the game in the final minute and did not accompany the team to Cleveland for Wednesday night's game. Granger scored a game-high 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers that gave the Pacers a 12-point cushion heading into the final three minutes. But Charlotte scored nine in a row, a run that concluded after Granger took a blow to the cheekbone battling for an offensive rebound with just under a minute left, wobbled toward the bench and dropped to the floor before being escorted to the locker room for evaluation by the team's medical staff. Stephen Graham's three-point play made it 97-94 with 56.3 seconds left and the Bobcats got the ball back with a chance to tie. But Troy Murphy stepped in front of Tyrus Thomas in the lane to steal a pass and A.J. Price sealed the verdict with a pair of free throws that closed out the scoring. More
Facing the Celtics in Boston is tough enough. Facing the Celtics when they're coming off a pride-challenging 20-point loss takes the challenge to another level. Taking out their frustrations on the road-weary Pacers, the Celtics rolled up a 20-point lead at halftime and coasted to a 122-103 victory Friday before 18,624 in TD Garden.
Paul Pierce scored 20 to lead six players in double figures as the Celtics tied their season high for points and shot 58 percent against the Pacers, who were led by Roy Hibbert's 23 points. The Pacers dropped their seventh straight road game, falling to 7-28 on the road and 21-44 overall. They also lost the season series to the Celtics, 2-1. Boston snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 41-23 overall, moving into a third-place tie with Atlanta in the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics are 19-12 at home. More
First game back from a long road trip. Stunned by the game-day suspension of their leading scorer. Riding a four-game losing streak. None of the adverse circumstances mattered to the Pacers, who put forth one of their most complete performances of the season at both ends of the floor in beating the Philadelphia 76ers 107-96 Tuesday night before 11,535 in Conseco Fieldhouse.In the absence of Danny Granger, suspended by the NBA for his role in an altercation in Phoenix Saturday night, the Pacers got 25 points from reserve Dahntay Jones, 24 from Brandon Rush and 19 from Troy Murphy as the offense had 32 assists (on 42 made baskets) and just 10 turnovers. More
Playing their fourth road game in five nights against elite competition, the Pacers summoned the energy and emotion to battle Phoenix down to the wire but the Suns emerged from a wild game with a 113-105 victory Saturday night. The game featured eight technical fouls, one ejection and a tense altercation late in the third quarter that required a delay of several minutes for the officials to sort out during a physical, back-and-forth duel with 16 ties and 12 lead changes Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 30 while Danny Granger scored 24 for the Pacers. The Pacers lost their fourth straight overall and sixth in a row on the road, falling to 20-43 overall and 7-27 on the road. They finished 1-14 on the road against Western Conference teams. More
Every time the Pacers made a move, Carmelo Anthony was there to put up a roadblock. With Anthony scoring 34 points and the Nuggets getting 48 more from their bench, Denver opened a 20-point fourth quarter lead and coasted to a 122-114 victory over the Pacers before 19,155 in Pepsi Center Friday night. Danny Granger scored 32 for the Pacers, his third game of at least 30 points in the last four. The Pacers lost their third in a row on this road trip (and 10th in 12 games) to fall to 20-42 overall, 7-26 on the road. Against Western Conference teams, they're 5-20 overall and 1-13 on the road. The Nuggets improved to 41-21 overall and 27-5 at home (12-1 against the East). More
Danny Granger scored 30 but none of his teammates reached double figures as the punchless Pacers fell behind by double figures in the second quarter and never threatened thereafter in falling 102-79 in in Portland to the Trailblazers Wednesday before 20,623 in the Rose Garden. The Pacers lost their fourth straight road game, falling to 7-25 on the road and 1-19 on the road against teams at .500 or better. They're 20-41 overall with losses in nine of their last 11 games. Portland climbed 10 games over .500 (37-27) for the first time this season wit its third straight victory. The Blazers are 20-13 at home and have swept two straight season series from the Pacers. More
Just when it looked like the Pacers might be able to make a game of it, the Lakers showed just how much looks can be deceiving. After the Pacers closed to 62-61 early in the third quarter, the Lakers erupted for a 41-10 run over the next 10 minutes to blow it open and coast to a 122-99 rout before 18,997 Tuesday in Staples Center. Kobe Bryant scored 14 of his 24 points from the free-throw line to lead six Lakers in double figures. Troy Murphy led the Pacers with 17 points and 13 rebounds while forward Josh McRoberts came off the bench to produce a career-high 15.The Pacers dropped to 0-14 against the Lakers in Staples Center and 1-18 on the road against teams at .500 or better this season. They're 20-40 overall and 7-24 on the road. More
Employing an attack mindset on both offense and defense, the Pacers produced some of their best ball movement of the season while playing disruptive defense and the result was an impressive 100-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls Saturday before a sellout crowd of 18,165 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Danny Granger scored 30 and Troy Murphy and Dahntay Jones had 17 apiece for the Pacers. Derrick Rose scored 27 for the Bulls. The Pacers snapped losing streaks of three overall and three at home and improved to 20-39, including a 13-16 mark at Conseco Fieldhouse. They also avoided the first season sweep at the hands of the Bulls since 1996-97. Chicago had won six of seven coming in but fell to 31-28 overall, 12-19 on the road. More
The Pacers are getting pretty good at making big comebacks. They still need quite a bit of work on avoiding the need. Trailing by 14 with 5½ minutes left, the Pacers rallied with a 17-5 run but could get no closer than the final margin, falling 112-110 to the visiting Bucks before 14,116 Thursday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana eliminated a 23-point deficit Wednesday in Chicago but lost 120-110. Earl Watson's tip-in with 31 seconds left cut it to 108-106 but the Bucks made four free throws on their final two possessions to close the door. The Pacers lost their third in a row overall and seventh in eight games to fall to 19-38. They've dropped seven of nine at home, where they're 12-16. More
Danny Granger returned. Unfortunately, the defense was absent. Falling behind by 23 in the first quarter only to come all the way back in the second, the Pacers couldn't maintain their momentum as Chicago regained control in the second half and didn't let go, pulling away for a 120-110 victory Wednesday before 20,363 in United Center. Luol Deng scored a season-high 31 to lead the Bulls, who scored 25 points in the first 5½ minutes of the third quarter, while point guard Derrick Rose flirted with a triple-double, posting 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Brandon Rush tied his career-high with five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 to lead the Pacers, while Granger, who missed Monday's game in Dallas due to personal reasons, returned to score 20. More
The combination of the absence of their leading scorer and the presence of a stout Dallas defense proved too much for the Pacers to overcome. Shooting just 37 percent from the field and missing 20 shots from the 3-point line, the Pacers were unable to take advantage of an off shooting night from the Mavericks, who shot just 39 percent but that was good enough to produce a 91-82 victory over the Pacers Monday night in Dallas before19,585 fans in American Airlines Center. Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his game-high 23 in the second half and newly acquired center Brendan Haywood tied a career-high with 20 rebounds to lead the Mavs. More
T.J. Ford has spent much of the past week reminiscing, watching replays of his glory days at Texas on television. Returning to his hometown of Houston Saturday night, he had a flashback game, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the second half to spark the Pacers to a 125-115 victory over the Rockets before 16,550 in Toyota Center. Ford scored the first seven points and had two assists in a 17-2 run that gave the Pacers firm control in the final five minutes. Danny Granger tied his season high with 36 points on 12-of-17 shooting and Troy Murphy had his 23rd double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Pacers ended a number of streaks with this victory, improving to 19-36 overall and 7-22 on the road. More
In the absence of CP3, the Hornets have found DC2. With star point guard Chris Paul sidelined by a knee injury, rookie backup Darren Collison has filled in admirably and produced his first career triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists to spark New Orleans to a 107-101 victory over the Pacers before 15,644 in New Orleans Arena on Friday night. Coming to life in the second half as Danny Granger scored 21 of his 29 points, the Pacers cut a 19-point halftime deficit to four in the fourth quarter but could get no closer. The Pacers lost their fourth straight overall to fall to 18-36 on the season, 6-21 on the road. They also fell to 0-15 on the road against teams at .500 or better and 0-9 against Western Conference opponents. More
Two times, the Pacers got the stop they needed in the closing seconds against the Spurs. Two times, they were foiled by Tim Duncan's offensive rebounding. Danny Granger's 3-pointer cut the San Antonio lead to 90-87 with 30 seconds left but they never got the ball back as Duncan tapped out two missed shots, the second just before the buzzer expired, to preserve the Spurs' victory before 14,947 Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. When the teams met in San Antonio on Dec. 19, Roy Hibbert blocked Duncan's shot but the veteran grabbed the rebound and dunked to give the Spurs a 100-99 victory. The Pacers put forth a noble effort, particularly on defense, but emerged with their third straight loss and sixth in eight games to fall to 18-35 overall, 12-15 at home. More
Up seven with just under eight minutes remaining and enjoying a crisp offensive night, the Pacers appeared well on their way to heading into the All-Star break with positive momentum. Instead, they went flat down the stretch once again as the Bulls outscored them 25-9 in the final 7:42 to rally for a 109-101 victory before 12,945 in Conseco Fieldhouse on a snowy Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
The Pacers shot 7-of-21, committed six turnovers, were outscored 10-1 from the free-throw line and outrebounded 13-8 in the fourth quarter. The Pacers head into the All-Star break with an 18-34 record, three games behind last season's 21-33. It's their worst record at the break since 1988-89, when they were 11-35. The Pacers are seven games behind eighth-place Miami (25-27) in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. More
After a brief outburst of offensive fireworks earlier this week, the Pacers were barely able to fire up a sparkler against Milwaukee's smothering defense. Managing just 81 points and committing 20 turnovers, the Pacers lost 93-81 to the Bucks before 18,717 Saturday night in the Bradley Center.
T.J. Ford came off the bench to score a season-high 20 for the Pacers and took over after rookie A.J. Price, making his second career start, was knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a concussion, the result of a blow to the face from Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut on a play when no foul was called. Bogut led the Bucks with 21 points, 17 in the first half. The Pacers had their two-game win streak snapped and fell to 18-33 overall, 6-20 on the road. More
With a rookie and two second-year players in the starting lineup, the Pacers got a glimpse into the future Friday night. And the present wasn't so bad, either. Danny Granger scored 25 to lead six scorers in double figures (two with double-doubles) as the Pacers rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season, 107-83, over the Pistons before 14,832 in Conseco Fieldhouse on a snowy Friday night. Rookie A.J. Priced started his first game at point guard (Earl Watson was out, attending his grandmother's funeral), joining second-year starters Roy Hibbert and Brandon Rush. But the night wasn't all about the young guys. Veteran T.J. Ford, banished to the end of the bench since Dec. 30, played well in his first appearance since then, scoring 11 points with five assists. More
Lester Conner compared his duty filling in for Jim O'Brien as that of a "substitute teacher." The students behaved unusually well as the Pacers rolled up a season-high point total, had all five starters score in double figures for the first time in more than two months and turned in a solid defensive performance in a thorough 130-115 defeat of the visiting Toronto Raptors before 11,191 Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Danny Granger scored 23 and Troy Murphy 20 with 14 rebounds for the Pacers, whose balance offset brilliant individual performances from Raptors Chris Bosh (35 points, 15 rebounds) and Andrea Bargnani (a career-high 34 points). Splitting their home-and-home series with the Raptors, the Pacers snapped losing streaks of three overall and four at home to improve to 17-32 and 11-13 at home. Toronto had a five-game win streak snapped and dropped to 26-23, 9-17 on the road. More
After scoring at least 35 points in his three previous visits to Conseco Fieldhouse, LeBron James largely settled for the role of creator Friday night and was nonetheless dominant. Falling one rebound shy of a triple-double with 22 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, adding four blocks and two steals to lead the Cavs to an easy 94-73 victory over the Pacers before a second consecutive sellout crowd of 18,165.
The Pacers lost their fourth straight home game to fall to 16-31 overall, 10-13 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Cavs won their seventh in a row to improve to an NBA-best 37-11, including a 19-8 road mark. More
Small lineup, big lineup, it didn't matter. The Lakers were simply too much for the Pacers. Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and flirted with a triple-double and Andrew Bynum dominated things inside with 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting as the Lakers pulled away in the second half and cruised to a 118-96 victory over the Pacers before a sellout crowd of 18,165 Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Starting a small lineup for the second game in a row, the Pacers stuck around in the first half but couldn't keep up with a Lakers team playing its fifth road game in seven nights. The Pacers dropped to 16-30 overall and lost their third straight home game to fall to 10-12 in the friendly confines. More
When the Sixers matched down, they couldn't match up with the Pacers' small lineup. Starting a small group with Troy Murphy at center and four perimeter players that ultimately took Philadelphia's big men out of the game, the Pacers dominated the second half defensively and pulled out a 109-98 victory Monday before 10,579 in Wachovia Center. Danny Granger scored 26 with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Pacers, but Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush combined for 10 in a row down the stretch when the Pacers put the game away. The Pacers split their home-and-home mini-series with the Sixers, improving to 16-29 overall and 6-18 on the road. More
If the Pacers were indeed a tired team, as Coach Jim O'Brien suggested afterward, they were playing the wrong opponent. Philadelphia's waves of athletic, explosive players overwhelmed the Pacers 107-97 before 16,074 Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Elton Brand scored 23 and his backup, Thaddeus Young, scored 22 off the bench. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 22 and A.J. Price scored 11 of his 17 in the fourth quarter when the Pacers attempted to rally from a 16-point deficit. The Pacers failed to follow up a promising win in Detroit the night before and dropped to 15-29 overall, 10-11 at home and 3-11 on the second night of back-to-backs. The Sixers won their second in a row and fifth in eight games to improve to 15-28 overall, 8-14 on the road. More
Though he considered going small, Coach Jim O'Brien opted not to tinker with his starting lineup. The result was big for the Pacers, who jumped on the Pistons right away and remained in control the rest of the night in cruising to a 105-93 victory Friday before 15,388 in The Palace of Auburn Hills. Danny Granger scored 25 – going 14-of-14 from the free-throw line – and Brandon Rush scored a season-high 19 for the Pacers, while Troy Murphy had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double in eight games. The Pacers salvaged a victory in the finale of a three-game road trip, snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 15-28 overall, 5-18 on the road. They also broke a five-game losing streak in Detroit. The Pistons had won four out of five coming in, including a victory over Boston, but fell to 15-27 overall and 12-10 at home. More
Trailing by more than 20 points for most of the game and by 27 late in the third quarter, the Pacers found life with a small lineup and put together a 23-4 run to cut the deficit to eight points midway through the fourth. But they would get no closer as Orlando held on for a 109-98 victory Wednesday before a sellout of 17,461 at Amway Arena. Dwight Howard scored a season-high 32 for the Magic, while Danny Granger led the Pacers with 25. The Pacers lost their third in a row to fall to 14-28 overall, 4-18 on the road. They also lost their fifth straight in Orlando. It was their 17th loss by double figures this season, third-most in the league and two more than all of last season. The Magic snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 27-15 overall, 15-4 at home. More
The only good news for the Pacers on this night was the fact they only have to face Miami one more time this season and not for more than two months. Suffering their third straight double-digit loss to the Heat, and second in a row by at least 30 points, the Pacers trailed wire-to-wire and were routed 113-83 Tuesday night before 14,986 in American Airlines Arena. Dwyane Wade scored 32 points in 31 minutes to lead the Heat. Brandon Rush scored 17 with 10 rebounds for the Pacers. The Pacers dropped their second in a row to fall to 14-27 overall, 4-17 on the road. In three losses to Miami this season, they've averaged 82.3 points, shot .347 overall including .239 from the 3-point line and have been outscored by 77 points. Miami improved to 21-19 but a modest 12-10 at home. More
They had the inside working just fine. But the outside was missing, literally and figuratively. Though Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 27 points, the Pacers shot just 6-of-29 from the 3-point line and dropped a 101-96 decision to the visiting New Orleans Hornets Saturday before 13,376 in Conseco Fieldhouse. David West scored 24 and Chris Paul 22 with 11 assists for the Hornets. The Pacers' modest win streaks – four in a row at home and three straight overall – came to an end as they dropped to 14-26 and 10-10 at home. New Orleans won for the eighth time in 10 games and improved to 21-18, 6-15 on the road. The Pacers have lost four in a row to the Hornets. More
After his team had to overcome deficits of 23 and 24 points to win their previous two games, Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien said, "One of these days, we're going to get a lead." He didn't have to wait long.
The Pacers piled up 72 points and a 20-point halftime margin and cruised to a 121-105 victory over the Nets before 13,656 in IZOD Center. Danny Granger scored 22 of his game-high 28 in the first half. Troy Murphy scored 21 with 14 rebounds and Brandon Rush hit all five of his shots off the bench and scored 15. The Pacers won their third in a row to improve to 14-25 overall. They also snapped a nine-game road losing streak with their first road win since Dec. 12. The Pacers are 5-3 in January. The Nets lost their seventh in a row to fall to 3-36 overall, 2-17 at home. More
After the Pacers shut down Toronto in the second half and rallied from a 23-point deficit for a 105-101 victory Monday night, Earl Watson said that was the kind of game that could turn the season around "if we follow it up." Not only did the Pacers follow it up, they did it one better. Down 24 in the second quarter, they held Phoenix to 36 percent shooting in the second half and rode the hot hands of Mike Dunleavy and Danny Granger, who combined for 43 points in the final 24 minutes to another improbable comeback victory, 122-114, Wednesday before 10,858 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Dunleavy had his best game of the season with 30 points, scoring 18 in the third quarter to spark the comeback, while Granger totaled 33 points. More
Trailing by 23 points in the second quarter, the Pacers turned up the defensive pressure behind Earl Watson, Solomon Jones and Danny Granger, held Toronto to 21 percent shooting in the second half and came all the way back for an impressive 105-101 victory before 11,039 Monday in Conseco Fieldhouse.
It was the Pacers' biggest comeback of the season and rookie A.J. Price again played a major role, as well, scoring eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer that put the Pacers up 100-96 with 1:16 remaining. The outcome was in doubt until Mike Dunleavy rebounded Chris Bosh's intentionally missed free throw, drew a foul and made both with 4.1 seconds left. The Pacers won their third in a row at home, where they're 9-9, and snapped a two-game overall losing streak to improve to 12-25. More
Among the things fans might not have expected to see when they came to Conseco Fieldhouse on Tuesday night: cowboy monkeys riding dogs, Roy Hibbert dominating his matchup with Dwight Howard and the Pacers coming back from a 43-point loss in New York Sunday with one of their most impressive all-around performances of the season in beating the Magic 97-90 before 11,119. Hibbert racked up a career-high 26 points and reversed roles with Howard, who battled foul trouble throughout the night and wound up fouling out with 11 points. Hibbert, in fact, outscored Orlando's entire All-Star trio as Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis totaled 21 points (on 6-of-29 shooting). More
Something about Sunday night on the road brings out the worst in the Pacers. For the second time in eight days, they were thoroughly dominated, this time in New York as the Knicks rolled up their largest victory margin ever against Indiana with a 132-89 rout before 19,763 in Madison Square Garden.
The Pacers lost 114-80 in Miami last Sunday and in their only other Sunday outing were routed 104-88 in Charlotte in Nov. 22, giving them an 0-3 record with an average deficit of 31 points in those three games. The 43-point loss was the worst in more than 22 years, since a 46-point loss in Detroit (119-73) on April 2, 1987. The Pacers also yielded their most points of the season and trailed by 48 points in the second quarter, the largest deficit faced by any NBA team this season. More
Jim O'Brien unveiled not only his 12th lineup of the season but new rotation and the response was most encouraging as the Pacers played with great energy and chemistry in dominating most of the game, building a 29-point lead, before holding on in the face of a furious Minnesota rally in fourth quarter to pull out a 122-111 victory Saturday before 12,685 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Roy Hibbert and Luther Head scored 21 apiece to lead seven Pacers in double figures as O'Brien moved Josh McRoberts into the lineup (for his first career start), made Earl Watson the starting point guard and A.J. Price the backup. The Pacers snapped their eight-game losing streak to improve to 10-22 overall, but they take a six-game road losing streak into New York Sunday night. Minnesota lost its fourth in a row to fall to 7-28 overall, 3-14 on the road. More
On a night when their rotations were again scrambled by injuries, the Pacers needed big contributions from unexpected sources to compete with the talented, surging, Memphis Grizzlies. Though Luther Head matched his career-high with 30 points and sparked a spirited rally in the fourth quarter and Roy Hibbert produced a career-high 25 off the bench, it wasn't enough as Memphis held on for a 122-110 victory Wednesday before 14,741 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Troy Murphy (ankle), Tyler Hansbrough (ear infection) and Jeff Foster (back) all missed the game with injuries, leaving the Pacers perilously thin in the frontcourt and forcing Jim O'Brien to use his 11th lineup of the season and third in three games, moving Head in for his first start and using 6-6 Dahntay Jones at power forward next to Solomon Jones at center. More
Some of the faces changed but the result remained the same. The 10th lineup of the season fared little better than the rest, falling into a 19-point first-quarter hole that left the Pacers running uphill all night. Though they rallied to briefly take the lead in the third quarter, Troy Murphy left the game with a sprained ankle on the next possession and Chicago immediately regained control and cruised to a 105-94 victory Tuesday before 21,87 in United Center. The negative numbers are really starting to add up. The Pacers lost their seventh in a row and 18th in 22 games to fall to 9-21. They also dropped their sixth in a row and 12th in 13 on the road to drop to 3-13. Chicago improved to 12-17. More
Sequels are frequently worse than the originals, and such was the case for the Pacers Sunday night. After falling into a deep early hole, rallying briefly and then being routed by Atlanta Saturday night at home, the Pacers repeated that pattern in a much bigger way Sunday in Miami. They fell behind by 22 in the first quarter, 24 in the second, 38 in the third and 40 in the fourth on the way to their most lopsided loss in nearly five years, 114-80, to the Heat. The Pacers (9-20) lost their sixth in a row overall and 17th in the last 21 games. They also dropped their five straight and 10th in 11 on the road, where they're 3-12, and dropped to 1-11 against teams with winning records. More
A recurring matchup nightmare because of their athletic, aggressive front line, the Atlanta Hawks dominated the Pacers from the opening tip to the final buzzer in a 110-98 rout before 15,281 Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Atlanta center Al Horford had 25 points, 19 rebounds and five blocked shots, bringing his two-game totals against the Pacers to 49 points, 35 rebounds and seven blocks – not to mention 22-of-31 shooting (71 percent). The Pacers (9-19) lost their fifth in a row overall and fifth straight to the Hawks. Indiana lost for the 16th time in 20 games after a 5-3 start. The Hawks improved to 21-8 overall, 9-6 on the road. More
Paul Pierce didn't make a basket until nine minutes remained and he quickly made up for lost time. The Celtics' star forward scored 11 points in a decisive 13-4 run that broke an 86-all tie and lifted Boston to a 103-94 victory over the visiting Pacers before 18,624 Tuesday in TD Garden. The Pacers led by 15 after a strong first half but were outscored 61-37 in the second and managed just three buckets in the final 6½ minutes. Indiana lost its fourth in a row to fall to 9-18 overall, 3-11 on the road. Indiana also blew a double-digit lead to lose for the seventh time this season, with five of those leads in the second half. The Pacers have dropped 15 of 19 since a 5-3 start that included a victory over the Celtics, who improved to 22-5 with their 13th win in the last 14 games. More
Despite opportunities aplenty, the Pacers could not capitalize. Milwaukee took an 82-78 lead into the final 65 seconds but missed six straight free throws but the Pacers produced just three points from their final five possessions and fell short, allowing the Bucks to escape with an 84-81 victory before 12,836 Monday night in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers last their third in a row and fourth in five games to fall to 9-17 overall. Since their five-game winning streak in November, they're 4-13. Milwaukee snapped losing streaks of nine games in Conseco Fieldhouse and three overall and improved to 12-14. More
Down 13 in the first half, up 13 in the second, the Pacers rode a roller-coaster down to the wire with San Antonio. But after getting the initial defensive stop they needed when Roy Hibbert blocked Tim Duncan's shot in the lane, the veteran grabbed the rebound and dunked with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Spurs to a 100-99 victory over Indiana Saturday night in AT&T Center. The Pacers had one last shot but T.J. Ford's hurried fadeaway from the right wing bounced off the iron at the buzzer. The Pacers dropped their third in four games overall and ninth in 10 road games to fall to 9-16. They've lost five in a row to the Spurs and eight in a row in San Antonio, a streak that dates back to 2002. More
Indiana natives Zach Randolph and Mike Conley combined for 45 points and all five Memphis starters scored at least 17 -- more than any Pacers player – as the Grizzlies seized control in the third quarter and rolled to a 107-94 victory Friday in FedExForum. The Pacers led by nine late in the first half but managed just five points in a 10-minute span as Memphis pulled away. The Pacers lost for the second time in three games and slipped to 9-15 overall, 3-9 on the road. Memphis had lost two in a row but improved to 11-15 overall, 7-5 at home and 10-7 since waiving Allen Iverson. Conley and Randolph got the Grizzlies going early as they jumped out to a 20-8 lead. More
The start was fast, the finish was furious. But in the end, the Pacers made just enough plays to hold off a strong charge by the Charlotte Bobcats and win 101-98 Wednesday before 11,888 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana led by 13 early in the fourth quarter but the Bobcats trimmed it to 101-98 on a pair of free throws by Gerald Wallace with 40 seconds left. Though the Pacers came up empty on their final two possessions, they also stopped the Bobcats to preserve the victory. Wallace missed a corner 3-pointer with four seconds left and, after Dahntay Jones missed a pair of free throws, the Bobcats had one final chance with 1.4 seconds left but couldn't get off a shot before the buzzer. More
Leading by two with just under 5 minutes remaining, the Pacers were once again in position to win.
But a familiar malady resurfaced, the offense went dry thereafter and the Magic scored the next 12 points to claim a 106-98 victory Monday in Amway Arena. The Pacers did not make a basket in the final 4:58 after T.J. Ford's jumper put them ahead 96-94. The Pacers had their two-game win streak snapped and dropped to 8-14 overall, 3-8 on the road. The Magic ended a two-game losing streak and improved to 18-6. The Pacers jumped out early with a 17-2 run to build a big first-quarter cushion. More
In a wild finish marked by three instant-replay reviews in the final minute, Indiana wiped out a six-point deficit in the final 80 seconds and won the game 114-113 when Mike Dunleavy made two free throws with one-tenth of a second remaining Saturday in Washington. Gilbert Arenas thought he had beaten the shot clock with a drive that would've put the Wizards up 113-107 with 50 seconds left, but the replay review wiped the shot off the board as it was clear the ball was still in Arenas' hands when time expired. After Arenas missed two free throws with 6.6 seconds left and the Wizards up 113-112, T.J. Ford raced the length of the court but missed a challenged drive. More
While enjoying the moment, the Pacers also got nice little glimpse into the future Friday night. Rookie forward Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points and second-year center Roy Hibbert celebrated his 23rd birthday with 20 -- career highs for both young big men -- as the Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak with a solid 107-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets before 12,175 Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse. With 10 losses in 11 games coming in, this was a much-needed victory for the Pacers (7-13), who have another streak to snap Saturday night as they've lost six in a row on the road heading into Washington. The Nets, who opened the season with an NBA-record 18 consecutive losses, dropped to 2-21. More
They hung around all night, put themselves in position and stayed there. And when the Pacers tied it 83-all on Luther Head's jumper with 7:40 remaining, it appeared like maybe they'd make it over the hump. Instead, they tumbled downhill as Portland rode the hot hand of Brandon Roy (29 points) down the stretch and pulled away for a 102-91 victory before 11,487 fans Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. In their first game since losing leading scorer Danny Granger for 4-6 weeks with a foot injury, the Pacers battled throughout but ultimately couldn't finish the game at either end of the floor and wound up losing their sixth in a row and 10th in 11 games to fall to 6-13 overall, 4-6 at home. More
Sometimes when a star player goes down, his team rallies and compensates unexpectedly well in his absence. Other times, his loss leaves a void that cannot be filled. For the Pacers, the latter was the case Saturday. After Danny Granger left the game early in the third quarter when he aggravated the right heel injury that has bothered him since training camp, the Pacers managed 10 baskets in the final 22 minutes and lost 88-72 to the Clippers in Los Angeles. It remains to be seen how much time, if any, Granger will miss with the injury but with three days off before the next game Wednesday at home against Portland, he will have some time to recover. More
The Pacers tried to recover from a bad start but the hole they dug in the first quarter proved too deep to conquer. Trailing 22-3 in the opening minutes, the Pacers cut the deficit to four points in the fourth quarter but could get no closer and fell 96-87 Friday in Salt Lake City to the Utah Jazz, who got 35 points and 13 rebounds from Carlos Boozer and had two other players with double-doubles. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 26, 10 in the fourth quarter. The Pacers lost their fourth in a row overall, fifth straight on the road, and eighth in nine games to fall to 6-11 overall. Utah, which had been off since Monday, won its fourth in a row, seventh in eight games and improved to 11-7 overall, 8-3 at home. More
A new starting lineup and rotation couldn't prevent a result that is getting old. Though Danny Granger scored 13 of his 33 in the fourth quarter, the Pacers couldn't come all the way back from a 10-point deficit and lost 110-105 Wednesday night in Sacramento. Coach Jim O'Brien indicated he had settled on a lineup and rotation for the time being, at least, with Dahntay Jones replacing Brandon Rush at shooting guard and Roy Hibbert returning to the middle. O'Brien said he'd prefer to keep to a nine-man rotation with Earl Watson, Mike Dunleavy, Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Foster the primary reserves with the others, including former starter Rush, to be used "as needed." More
Just when it looked like the Pacers would get their first long road trip of the season off to a solid start, things fell apart and a 13-point third-quarter lead disintegrated in the whirlwind of Monta Ellis' 45 points as the Warriors put up 75 in the second half and rallied to beat visiting Indiana 126-107 Monday night in ORACLE Arena. The Pacers lost for the sixth time in seven games to fall to 6-9 overall, 2-4 on the road and 2-3 against Western Conference opponents. The Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 6-10. More
Mike Dunleavy's return to action was the only highlight of the night, but its long-term significance was overwhelmed by Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, who rolled to a 113-92 victory Friday before 16,613 in Conseco Fieldhouse. It was Dunleavy's first game since Feb. 8, 2009, when he re-injured his right knee against Washington and underwent major surgery in March. The Pacers (6-8) lost for the fifth time in six games, the wrong kind of momentum as they head West for a four-game trip that starts Monday in Golden State. They lost to the Mavs (12-4) for the fourth straight time and eighth in the last nine meetings. More
Without their leading scorer, the Pacers were bound to struggle for offense, so they turned to defense, shutting down the visiting Clippers in the second half and taking control in the fourth quarter behind T.J. Ford, Troy Murphy and Dahntay Jones for an 86-73 victory Wednesday before 12,356 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Danny Granger missed the game with a sprained ligament in his left knee but is listed as day-to-day and could return as soon as Friday's game against Dallas. When you've lost four in a row, there's no such thing as an ugly victory, regardless of the statistics. This one lifted the Pacers to 6-7 overall and 4-4 at home. More
Danny Granger caught fire in the second half, scoring 22 of his season-high 36 points, but it wasn't enough to bring the Pacers all the way back from a 21-point deficit and they fell 123-112 to the Raptors Tuesday in Toronto. A lineup change didn't snap the Pacers out of their doldrums. Coach Jim O'Brien inserted Troy Murphy at power forward and Jeff Foster at center, sending Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones to the bench, but the switch had little effect as the Pacers' season of streaks continued. They opened the year with three losses, followed by five wins and now four losses and stand 5-7 overall. The Raptors improved to 7-8 with their second victory in the last six games. More
When LeBron James is hitting his jumper, there's not much a defense can do. And James had so much confidence in his perimeter shot, with the game on the line he ran down the shot-clock and rose up for a dagger 3-pointer, the biggest of his 40 points as he led the Cavaliers to a 105-95 victory over the Pacers in front of a sellout crowd of 18,165 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Though Troy Murphy returned after missing six games with a bruised back, the Pacers (5-5) lost their second in a row in familiar fashion, letting a double-digit lead slip away in the second half. The Cavs (9-4) bounced back after a frustrating loss in Washington Wednesday night. More
After Danny Granger scored 20 in the first half Saturday against Boston, the Celtics decided to focus their defense even more sharply on the Pacers' premier scorer and force someone else to beat them. Several someones stepped forward and that's just what the Pacers did. After Granger scored 30 in the first half Wednesday against New York, the Knicks applied the same strategy. Shut down Granger and dare anyone else to take up the slack. This time, it worked. With Granger limited to three points in the second half, the Pacers looked lost offensively down the stretch, letting a 13-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate, and with it their five-game winning streak in a 110-103 loss to the Knicks. More
Simply put, this was a game the Pacers would've lost last year. Coming off a rousing home victory over Boston, hitting the road to face a winless Nets team, those Pacers would've been primed for a letdown. These Pacers, however, dodged the trap game, made just enough plays at both ends and beat New Jersey 91-83 Tuesday behind 22 points from Danny Granger and 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks from Roy Hibbert. The Pacers (5-3) won their fifth straight, their longest streak since winning six in a row late in the 2004-05 season, and will try to match that streak Wednesday night in Conseco Fieldhouse against the New York Knicks. More
When Boston pushed, the Pacers pushed back. Ultimately, it was the mighty Celtics that lost their balance. Hanging tough in the face of every challenge, the Pacers controlled much of the second half and rallied for an impressive 113-104 victory over Boston before a sellout crowd of 18,165 Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Danny Granger scored 29 and Dahntay Jones 25 – one short of his career-high – to spark a balanced offensive attack that featured six players in double figures. The defense held the Celtics to 43 points and .412 shooting in the second half. More
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.
He didn't dominate the game. That's hard to do in less than 14 minutes. He wasn't the best player on the floor. Not even close. But Tyler Hansbrough's NBA debut could hardly be categorized as anything other than a rousing success and certainly was the highlight of the Pacers' methodical 102-86 rout of the Washington Wizards Friday in the 10th anniversary of their first game in Conseco Fieldhouse. Limited to no more than 16 minutes as the team's medical staff takes a measured approach to his return after missing more than three months with a shin injury, Hansbrough did about as much as could be expected -- 13 points, five rebounds, 7-of-10 free-throw shooting, three fouls and a few bodies from both teams left strewn on the floor. More
Danny Granger led the Pacers in scoring with 21 points but fouled out with 3:38 remaining and Indiana clinging to a 91-87 lead. After Granger fouled out, T.J. Ford scored eight of his 16 points as the Pacers pulled away. After producing the first double-double of his career Tuesday against Denver, Roy Hibbert had his second in a row with 15 points and 14 rebounds, adding a pair of blocked shots.
Brandon Rush was the third Pacers player to post a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, adding three assists and two steals. Al Harrington led the Knicks with 22 to go with nine rebounds off the bench. More
With his 14 points and career-high 12 rebounds, Roy Hibbert registered the first double-double of his brief career. Hibbert also rejected a season-high four shots and the Pacers had a season-best 10 blocks. The Pacers also had a season-high 12 steals and had four players with multiple thefts. Coming into tonight, the Pacers had totaled five steals and had just one player with more than one theft in the first two games. The duo of Carmelo Anthony (11-14) and Nenê (8-11) was a combined 19-25 from the foul line tonight, one more FTA and FTM than the Pacers as a team. As a team, the Nuggets shot 33-41 FTS. More
Tonight's loss is the Pacers' first in their last four home-openers and they have won six of 10 home-openers at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers have started a season 0-2 for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign. With 22 points and 12 rebounds in each of the first two games of the 2009-2010 season, Jermaine O'Neal has registered back-to-back 20 and 10 games for the first time since 2007.
Miami is now 2-0 on the season for just the fifth time in its 22 seasons in the NBA.
After starting the game 24-45 from the floor (.533), the Heat made just six of its last 24 shots (.250) from the field. Their 83 points tonight ended the Pacers streak of 11 games in a row of scoring over 100 points and that was the longest active streak in the NBA. More
The Hawks ranked fourth in the NBA in fewest points off turnovers allowed last season (14.0) and yielded just 13 to the Pacers in 11 turnovers, while Indiana surrendered 32 points off 25 turnovers.
The Pacers dropped their fifth straight in Atlanta, but lost for just the second time in their last eight season-openers. Earl Watson scored 20 on 7-of-8 shooting, while Dahntay Jones contributed 17 as the second unit racked up 49 points. Troy Murphy had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high-tying seven assists but did not score in the second half. More