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.
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.
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).
Feb. 10, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Pacers 96, Cavs 95
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“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.”
PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
(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.”
PACERS CENTER ROY HIBBERT
“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.”
PACERS FORWARD TROY MURPHY
(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.”
CAVALIERS COACH MIKE BROWN
(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.”
CAVALIERS FORWARD LeBRON JAMES
(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.”
CAVALIERS GUARD MO WILLIAMS
(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.”