Postgame Report: Pacers vs. Cavs 090210

On a night when offense was hard to come by, Murphy racked up a team-high 18 points, making 7-of-9 shots overall and 4-of-5 from the 3-point line, pulling 15 rebounds and issuing three assists.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 8:38 -1 Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener 17:41 +6 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 30:19 -6 Jeff Foster DNP ---
Stephen Graham 5:42 0 Danny Granger 38:02 -8
Roy Hibbert 23:31 -4 Jarrett Jack 37:53 0
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 36:54 0
Rasho Nesterovic 21:23 +7 Brandon Rush 19:57 +6

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 40, Cavs 36
  • Fast-break points: Cavs 9, Pacers 5
  • Second-chance points: Cavs 12, Pacers 11
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 17, Cavs 10
  • Starters scoring: Cavs 79, Pacers 68
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 28, Cavs 16

  • The teams combined to score five points in the final eight-tenths of a second. T.J. Ford hit a jump shot to put the Pacers ahead 95-93; LeBron James made two free throws after a controversial foul call against Danny Granger with four-tenths of a second remaining to tie it, and then Granger won it with a free throw after an equally controversial call against James with one-tenth of a second left.

  • The Pacers have now beaten the top four teams in the NBA: the Lakers, Cavs, Celtics and Magic.
  • With tonight's win by the Pacers, the Cavs have lost two in a row for the first time this season.
  • LeBron James was 15-21 from the floor (.714) while the rest of the team shot just 19-57 (.333).
  • Including four from LeBron James, the Cavs had a season-low 11 assists, which is the third fewest by an Indiana opponent this season.
  • Indiana is now 3-0 at home against Central Division foes, while going 0-6 on the road against the Central.
  • With tonight's win, the Pacers are 7-10 in games that they don't reach the 100-point mark.
  • Tonight's game is the Pacers' 16th (6-10) decided by three points or less. In those six wins the game-winning points have all come on the Pacers' final possession.
  • Making his 15th start of the season, Roy Hibbert scored 12 points and collected six rebounds with one assist and a blocked shot in 23 and a half minutes. As a starter, he has shot 58-103 from the floor (.563).
  • Including 3-3 from 3-pt range, 5-7 from the field overall, Travis Diener scored a season-high 13 points. In nearly 18 minutes, Diener had no turnovers and has just four turnovers with 52 assists in his last 16 games. Diener had been 1-7 from the floor in his previous four appearances.
  • Danny Granger's missed free throw with a 10th of a second left in the game ended a run of 22 in a row and was just his fourth miss in his last 63 attempts from the line.

  • he Pacers play their final game before the All-Star break Wednesday in Milwaukee against Richard Jefferson and the Bucks (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • Feb. 10, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 96, Cavs 95


    “Great win for our team. It was really a clutch foul shot by Danny (Granger) at the end to beat a great Cleveland team."

    (On the last two calls) "They were very consistent with the calls on the last two plays. I’ve never seen a game like that."

    "It was a terrific hard fought game, great crowd. We’re very pleased to get that one. We got a tremendous spark from everyone off the bench. Travis (Diener) gave us a big boost. We wouldn’t have won the game without Travis Diener."

    (On LeBron James) "He’s unstoppable. He’s the best player in basketball without a doubt and he proved it again tonight.”


    (On the final plays) "Luckily, we ran a good play and got the same call. I lost it for a quick second. You just have got to go and make do with it. I knew they weren’t going to let me get my jump shot off."

    "We just have to carry it over and get the win tomorrow. We could go into the All-Star break on a positive note. It gives us a boost of confidence. We had the crowd behind us tonight.”


    “We’ve got to win as many games at possible at home. Everybody, top to bottom, we took care of it tonight. We played as a team."

    (On his game) "I’ve got a bunch of guys that want to help me out. They’re tough but they want me to succeed. I’m just trying to be a good student of the game.”


    (On the final plays of the game) "I’ve never seen anything like that. We got a win out of tonight."

    "We have got to figure out how to win games on the road. We hope to finish strong for the All-Star break. We were well prepared and we had a great game plan. We know we can play with anyone.”


    (On the last call) "I went back and I watched the last two plays. That last call on LeBron (James) was the worst call that I’ve ever been a part of. It was an awful call and for him to take away a basketball game from a team with .04 seconds on the clock is irresponsible. We got the game taken away from us, absolutely horrible. I feel badly for the guys in the locker room."

    (How do you think they played before the call?) "We played OK. We played well enough to give ourselves an opportunity. That game should have gone into overtime. He determined the outcome. If they want to fine me for telling the truth, then fine me.”


    (On the way the game ended, and Mike Brown’s comments afterward) "I think Mike Brown gave it his all. He basically said what he felt. As players you just try to work hard and win ball games. For it to end that way, it’s definitely tough on us. You never want a game to end that way."

    (Specifically on the final two calls of the game) "I thought the one call on Granger against me was questionable. There was definitely some contact, enough for a whistle to be blown… But it could have gone both ways. The last call against me was not questionable at all. No contact was made. The pass was short. You couldn’t go to the rim. There was no way he could catch it and go up with four-tenths of a second. I was able to get a hand on it. Being the competitor I am, to have a game taken away like that, it hurts. It definitely hurts."

    (Was it a makeup call?) "For a game to end that way it’s just tough. You guys saw the last few plays. I’ll let you guys determine what you felt."

    (On the outcome in general) "You work hard every day to try to put yourself in position to win ball games. You always want players to have the outcome of the game. I just felt tonight the players didn’t have the outcome of the game.”


    (On the game) "It was a great game. T.J. (Ford) hit a big shot, a great shot. It was a tough shot to guard, a stepback.”

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