Postgame Report: Pacers 98, Bulls 91 090222

Scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, six in a row in the final 2 minutes including a clutch dunk that iced the victory. He also added eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 8:07 -7 Marquis Daniels 37:36 +21
Travis Diener 10:50 -3 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 37:10 +10 Jeff Foster 21:39 +1
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger DNP --
Roy Hibbert 21:07 +5 Jarrett Jack 39:29 +8
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 38:31 +14
Rasho Nesterovic 5:14 +1 Brandon Rush 20:17 -15

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 30, Bulls 14
  • Fast-break points: Bulls 14, Pacers 8
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 14, Bulls 11
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 15, Bulls 12
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 84, Bulls 65
  • Bench scoring: Bulls 26, Pacers 14

  • The Pacers are 5-1 in games Danny Granger has missed, and 4-1 when both Granger and Mike Dunleavy are out.

  • With today's win, the Pacers are 14-13 in 2009 and they have won 11 of 13 home games in the new year. Sandwiched around consecutive home losses to New York, 1/31, and Minnesota, 2/3, the Pacers have won seven in a row at home and then their last four in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • The Pacers committed five turnovers in the first quarter, which led directly to eight points off turnovers for the Bulls. However, Indiana had just five more turnovers the rest of the game, and just one in the fourth quarter. The Pacers' five turnovers in the remaining three periods resulted in just four points off turnovers for Chicago.
  • With today's win, the Pacers are 4-0 this season at home against opponents from the Central Division.
  • Troy Murphy's 27 points today are a season-high and are his most ever in a Pacers' uniform. Murphy added a game-high 14 rebounds for his 33rd double-double of the season, which is tied with Chris Paul of New Orleans for fourth most in the NBA.
  • Today's win is the Pacers' eighth of the season (8-11) in a game in which they did not score 100 points. In similar games last season, the Pacers were just 4-25.
  • The Pacers outscored the Bulls, 30-14, in the paint and Chicago's total is the fewest by any Indiana opponent in 2008-09.
  • Having shot 8-15 from 3-pt range today, Indiana has shot 50+ percent from beyond the 3-pt arc in consecutive games for just the second time this season. In the last two, Indiana has hit 18-34 3-pt FGS (.529).
  • After totaling 10 points on 4-14 FGS through the first three periods, T.J. Ford scored nine points in the fourth quarter on 4-7 FGS and 1-1 from beyond the 3-pt arc.
  • Averaging 7.5 blocks per game in the previous four games, the Pacers had just two rejections today, getting one apiece from Marquis Daniels and Jarrett Jack.
  • Roy Hibbert's seven rebounds today tied his most of the last 25 games--since collecting eight vs. the L.A. Clippers, 12/19.
  • The Pacers have won two of their last three Sunday games, after losing all of their first three games on Sundays.

  • The Pacers hit the road to face the Knicks in New York Monday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan)

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  • Feb. 22, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 98, Bulls 91


    “I think all the close games we’ve played really benefitted us tonight. We stepped up defensively at the end and that was the difference. I thought we were consistently focused defensively in the second half, challenging shots and keeping the ball out of the paint."

    (On T.J. Ford) "He made big shots for us."

    (On Troy Murphy) "Troy is playing great. I don’t know if he has played better in his career. He has meant the world to us. He has been very, very consistent."

    "I don’t think the guys in uniform tonight weren’t surprised they played well. To be able to get two in a row says a lot of the mind-set of our players.”


    (On losing the lead and then coming back) "We’re a pretty resilient group. When a team comes back on us, I don’t think we worry too much. We just pretty much stayed in the game, hit shots and turned things back our way."

    (On playing without Granger and Dunleavy) "It’s a big adjustment, especially with Danny out at the end of games. He was a guy to go to and to hit shots. Today we went to T.J. and he delivered."


    (On defense down the stretch) "That’s something we need to get back to, playing defense. We’re trying to take care of the paint, and penetration, and I think we did that. Right now all wins are good for us. However we get them, we’ll take them. "

    (On playing without the injured players) "They’re great scorers and everybody has to pick it up in different areas. We have to play better defense. Some other guys just have to step up and score more points."

    (On building confidence with wins without injured players) "Every win right now is key. We just have to go out there and continue to focus on the Pacers and continue to get better.

    (On watching the standings) "You always keep your eye over there. But we just have to focus on winning and getting better.”


    “I thought our guys played hard, not real smart at times. Offensive rebounds were the difference. We weren’t able to control T.J.’s penetration."

    "We had opportunities but didn’t seem to capitalize on them. We had good looks. We weren’t able to knock them down. We weren’t able to handle penetration or offensive rebounds. I thought our guys played hard but I felt we didn’t have a sense of urgency."

    (On Ben Gordon) "His first half was strong, making everything. He got us back in the game.”


    (On his first game with the Bulls) "I had a lot of nervous energy. It felt like everything was going at 100 miles per hour. But after a while, it turned into a regular basketball game. I started to get comfortable after I ran up and down the court a couple of times and was able to settle down and play some basketball and try to help my team out."

    "After the beginning of the game, I felt that we got pretty comfortable. I was feeling my way and just trying to play my role. Then in the third quarter, we got back in the game because we got stops. They were killing us on the pick and roll. But in that quarter, we did a great job on defending it. That allowed us to get stops.”


    (On first game back with the Bulls) "I was excited to be out there. I hadn’t actually played in a game in a while. It was pretty basic in terms of what we were trying to do offensively, so it wasn’t too hard to mesh with my teammates."

    (On the third quarter comeback with the new players) "Just three old guys out there running basic plays and we were able to get ourselves in a good rhythm. And we’ll just see how it goes from here. Tomorrow will be a pretty good day for us. We’ll have a chance to practice and we might have to scrimmage some. But we’re a bunch of veterans and that’s the good thing. It shouldn’t take us too long to get adjusted.”

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