Postgame Report: Pacers vs. Celtics 081207

Racked up 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting, adding seven rebounds and four assists in a game high 50 minutes.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 50:05 -7
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 21:40 0 Jeff Foster 24:51 +3
Stephen Graham 13:35 +6 Danny Granger 42:44 -9
Roy Hibbert 3:24 -1 Jarrett Jack 32:40 -6
Josh McRoberts 9:38 +5 Troy Murphy 40:21 -14
Rasho Nesterovic 26:04 -2 Brandon Rush DNP ---

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 48, Celtics 34
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 22, Celtics 10
  • Second-chance points: Celtics 10, Pacers 3
  • Points off turnovers: Celtics 23, Pacers 21
  • Starters scoring: Celtics 87, Pacers 84
  • Bench scoring: Celtics 35, Pacers 33

  • This marks the first time since 1988-89 the Pacers have been six games under .500 at least 20 games into the season.

  • With the second of his five defensive rebounds tonight, Jeff Foster moved ahead of Darnell Hillman for ninth place on the franchise's all-time career list.
  • Marquis Daniels' 26 points represent his season-high and tied his most ever in a Pacers' uniform. His 11 field goals made also tied his most ever with Indiana.
  • The Pacers' 42-83 FGS represents its second outing of the season shooting 50+ percent and its first since hitting 44-80 FGS (.550) vs. Atlanta, 11/18.
  • Boston shot 50 percent FGS tonight (42-84) and the Pacers opponents have shot 50+ percent from the field in five consecutive games.
  • Jarrett Jack's 17 points are his most this season and are one short of the most by any Pacers' reserve this season.
  • Jarrett Jack led the bench with five assists and since having no assists in the game at Chicago, 11/15, he has averaged 3.8 apg in the last 11 games.
  • In addition to scoring 20 points, Danny Granger led the Pacers with six assists, tying his season-best.
  • Including a season-high three by Danny Granger, the Pacers had seven steals tonight, their second with more than five in the last 13 games. Indiana had at least seven thefts in each of the first seven games of the campaign.
  • Tonight's overtime was the Pacers' third of the season, and third in the last four games at Conseco Fieldhouse. Three overtime games ties for the most in the NBA this season.
  • Ray Allen's 35 points tonight are his season-high.
  • With his 17 points tonight, the Celtics' Kevin Garnett has surpassed George Gervin for 29th place on the NBA's all-time career scoring list. Garnett has scored 20,723 points in his NBA career.
  • With his 17 points, Boston's Paul Pierce has moved into fourth place, ahead of Kevin McHale, on the Celtics' all-time career scoring list with 17,346 points in his career.

  • A matchup between teams involved in a blockbuster offseason trade comes Wednesday in Toronto when ex-Raptors T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic and Maceo Baston face ex-Pacer Jermaine O'Neal (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan)

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  • Dec. 7, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Celtics 122, Pacers 117 (OT)


    “A difficult loss for our guys to swallow. Other than the first quarter I thought we outplayed them. We were one rebound away from winning in regulation. But they got the rebound and made the shot."

    " I think we’re growing as a basketball team. We’ve played difficult teams tough. We’re getting ourselves in position to win games, or not always closing them out.”


    “We came out with a lot of energy and focus. We just didn’t close it out. We hustled, gave it our best and we must learn from these."

    (On playing Boston as close as they did) "This goes to show that we can play with the better teams and we can win with better teams. It’s early. We just have to stay focused, work hard with each other and eventually the ball will bounce our way.”


    “We stepped our defense up without question. In overtimes, momentum normally dictates the outcome. They struck first and drew blood first and we had to play from behind."

    "We played 47 minutes and 10 seconds, but you can’t do that. You’ve got the play the full 48 minutes in all four quarters. Yes, this was a rough loss for us. Any loss is rough.”


    “We just found a way to win. They played terrific. Jim had them prepared today. We stole that one and that feels great."

    (On the Pacers playing so well) "They’re just playing us so well this year and we’re happy to win two of the three. They’re a tough team and they are better than their record."

    (On Ray Allen) "Ray’s just on fire. He had a great game and a great overtime. He hit all the shots when we needed him to."

    (On Kevin Garnett) "Kevin had a great game. That’s a quiet 17 points. He’s the only guy in the league that can get 17 points like that.”


    (On the Pacers strong play) "They’re a great team, especially at home. They execute and they had a great defensive scheme going into the game."

    (On the way they pulled it out at the end) "We just know how to execute down the stretch. We got stops, we got plays. When you have players like Ray (Allen) and Paul (Pierce) that you can go to down the stretch, they make great plays every night."

    (On Paul Pierce’s game tying three-pointer at end of regulation) "Eddie (House) made the play by getting the rebound, a great rebound. And he found Paul who knocked it down. (On Ray Allen’s play lately) He’s been in a groove and making his shots.”


    (On the Celtics being able to pull out games and his scoring) "We spread the wealth. Paul or KG, if one of us has it going, that person can take a lot of shots. "

    (On the Pacers’ consistently strong play against the Celtics) "I think the Pacers are a good team. I don’t look down on them as a team that can’t compete, regardless of what their record is. Regardless of their record, they’re a very good team. I’m actually surprised to see that their record is what it is. They are better than what it shows. A testament to our team is that we didn’t come in looking at their record and expecting to walk over them. We came in respecting them and knowing it was going to be a tough game."

    (On Celtics play in the overtime) "It’s hard to say. We got a little lucky, scoring first and just making them play a little more on their heels by attacking them. Then we got some stops when we needed to."

    (On his own play recently) "I’m just the recipient right now. It definitely goes in cycles. Most importantly, I think my body is in a good place. Regardless of whether I score points or not, I like to keep my body in a good place and do whatever I can to help the team.”

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