Game Rewind: Pacers 109, Warriors 100
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Granger, Pacers beat Warriors 109-100
By Conrad Brunner
The young guys had their moments. Old reliable finished the job.
Danny Granger scored 10 of the Pacers' final 14 points to quell a Golden State rally and lead the Pacers to a much-needed 109-100 victory over the Warriors Tuesday before 9,557 in Conseco Fieldhouse.
After Paul George put on a show early in the fourth quarter to help the Pacers build a 95-85 lead with 5:57 left, the Warriors struck quickly with seven straight points cut it to three.
But the Pacers turned to Granger, who delivered with a bucket and eight free throws down the stretch.
Granger finished with a game-high 27 for the Pacers, who had six players score in double figures.
Reggie Williams had 25 off the bench, hitting 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, to lead the Warriors.
The Pacers snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 27-32 overall, 17-14 at home and 10-5 under Frank Vogel. They also increased their lead over ninth-place Charlotte to one game. The Warriors dropped their fourth in a row to drop to 26-33 overall, 7-20 on the road.
- "That’s a win that falls in line with the identity we want for this team. Our tempo was great and carried us in the fourth quarter." – Vogel
- "Our defense was better because we worked on it hard. Coach told us we had to a little better and play harder on defense. I think a key tonight was getting back, stopping the transition and in some cases turning the ball into a fast break on the other end." – Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough
- “We did a good job on defense. I wouldn’t say this is a big win, but it’s a win that we needed. We got stops and were able to run after we did. We did a good job on transition tonight. We knew that we had to protect the 3-point line and we got it done." – Pacers center Roy Hibbert
STAT OF THE GAME
Granger was 16-of-16 from the free-throw line, one shy of the franchise record he shares with Billy Knight. Granger was 17-of-17 against the Warriors in December 2008. Granger has averaged 32.5 points in his last six games against the Warriors.
This was a yo-yo game; the Pacers would appear to be pulling away but the Warriors consistently managed to reel them back in. Indiana jumped out to a 26-13 lead in the first quarter and was up 36-25 early in the second when the offense went flat.
The Pacers missed 12 in a row in a span of 7:19 as the Warriors put together a 21-1 run to take a 46-37 lead. But Brandon Rush hit a 3-pointer and Hibbert converted a 3-point play as the Pacers were able to close the half trailing just 46-43, all-but erasing Golden State's momentum.
Josh McRoberts had a couple of buckets in an 11-0 run in the third quarter that put the Pacers ahead to stay, 58-52, and Hansbrough got hot late in the third quarter, scoring eight as the lead grew to 80-70.
George scored six in a row early in the fourth to push the lead to 87-75 and added a nice up-and-under move from the low post to give the Pacers a 95-85 lead. The Warriors came right back once again with seven in a row but the Pacers went to Granger on their next three possessions and he attacked the bucket each time, coming up with one basket and four free throws, to push the lead to 101-93.
The Warriors again cut it to three, 103-100, on Williams' fifth 3-pointer of the game with 1:03 left. After George missed a tough shot as the shot-clock was expiring, Golden State took a shot at a tie but Monta Ellis missed a 3-pointer, Brandon Rush rebounded and the Pacers put the ball in Granger's hands and he closed the deal at the free-throw line.
BY THE NUMBERS
Granger shot 5-of-11 from the field and attempted just two 3-pointers (making one, adding seven rebounds to his 27 points. Hansbrough had 14 points and six rebounds, Darren Collison 13 points and Hibbert had a strong game with 12 points, nine rebounds four assists and four blocks. George finished with 12 and Dahntay Jones had 10. The Pacers shot .425 overall and were just 3-of-16 from the arc but committed just 10 turnovers and outscored the Warriors 32-13 from the free-throw line.
Williams shot 10-of-14 overall to lead the Warriors with 25 points in 26 minutes. Stephen Curry had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds but five turnovers and David Lee had 19 points and 11 boards. But Monta Ellis, who scored 36 including the game-winner in the Warriors' 110-108 win over the Pacers in January, managed just 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting. The Warriors shot .427 and were 11-of-27 from the arc.
- With two misses, George is now 6-of-34 (.176) from the 3-point line in the last 13 games.
- Josh McRoberts matched his career-high with a team-high three steals tonight. He has had three thefts on three occasions this season.
- The Pacers turned the ball over just 10 times tonight, their fewest turnovers since having just nine vs. New Jersey, 1/28.
- Tonight's win is the Pacers' first (1-5) of the season on a night in which the opposition has hit 10-plus 3-point shots.
- Making just his second appearance of the season, Lance Stephenson scored four points with a bench-high two assists, a steal and a rebound in 14 minutes.
- With his four blocked shots tonight, Hibbert has rejected 18 shots in the last seven games (2.57).
- Golden State's Ekpe Udoh tied his career-high with three blocked shots, his sixth game with three rejections in his rookie season.
- The Pacers' 14 points in the second quarter were its fewest in any second period this season.
The Pacers have 10 of their next 13 on the road and open the first of three road trips of three games Wednesday night against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM).