Postgame Report: Clippers 117, Pacers 109 081219

The rookie center had his best game by far, starting and producing 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and rfive blocked shots while committing just two fouls in 23 minutes.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 14:15 +1 Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener 8:52 0 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 38:41 -3 Jeff Foster 29:26 +5
Stephen Graham 21:19 -3 Danny Granger DNP ---
Roy Hibbert 22:56 -1 Jarrett Jack 48:20 -6
Josh McRoberts 16:42 -16 Troy Murphy DNP ---
Rasho Nesterovic 35:04 -7 Brandon Rush 54:25 -10

  • Points in the paint: Clippers 58, Pacers 44
  • Fast-break points: Clippers 13, Pacers 8
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 22, Clippers 13
  • Points off turnovers: Clippers 29, Pacers 13
  • Starters scoring: Clippers 112, Pacers 66
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 43, Clippers 5

  • The Pacers are 0-4 in overtime games, all at home, and 0-7 on Friday nights.

  • Including two in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse, the Clippers have won three of their last four against the Pacers. Tonight is just the eighth win ever on the road against the Pacers (8-27).
  • After coming off the bench in each of the season's 24 games, Jarrett Jack has now started each of the last two and scored 20+ points in each game.
  • Jack also led the Pacers with a season-high seven assists and with a season-high tying three steals.
  • Blocking more than two shots for the first time in his career, Roy Hibbert rejected five shots and the Pacers had a season-high 13 rejections. Indiana has had 10+ blocked shots six times this season.
  • Hibbert added a career-high 16 points on 8-10 from the field tonight.
  • Indiana committed a season-high 26 turnovers and gave up 29 points off those miscues--tying the second most points off turnovers by a Pacers' foe this season.
  • L.A.'s 16 steals are a season-high and they had four players with multiple thefts--including a season-high four from Al Thornton.
  • Outscored in the paint for just the sixth time this season, the Pacers gave up an opponent season-high 58 points in the paint to the Clippers.
  • Including 17 from T.J. Ford and 16 from Rasho Nesterovic, the Indiana bench outscored the Clippers' reserves, 43-5, and the Pacers' total off the bench represents its second game of 40+ points in the last three games. In the last three, the bench has averaged 37.0 ppg to the opposition's 12.3 ppg.

  • The Pacers travel to Philadelphia to face Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala and the 76ers Saturday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan)

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  • Dec. 19, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Clippers 117, Pacers 109 (2 OT)


    “Our team really played their hearts out. It feels bad to leave the building with a loss."

    "I thought everyone in a Pacer uniform played as hard as they could. We just lost a tough game.”


    “The guys that hadn’t played much got a chance tonight and logged a lot of minutes. We just came up short. We played long and hard and the decision making could have been a little bit better and I am included."

    "I think teams will know that we have other guys that can play and step up when called upon. We played in bunches and just didn’t have it at the end.”


    (On his game) "I played pretty tough along with everybody else. We scrapped, fought and tried to get the win. The coaches told me to be more aggressive on both ends of the court and I think I did do OK in doing that. I still have a lot to learn."

    "In the overtime, they executed better than we did and I think some of our people’s legs just gave out. Our bench is proud of what we were able to do tonight.”


    (On Eric Gordon) "Coming back home I knew he was going to be nervous. I tried to get him some good looks early because I knew he had a lot of people here watching him. And he hit some shots when we needed him to tonight."

    (On the game) "Obviously I’m happy we won. It took us until way late in the game to get going to win the game. I told our guys coming in that they were going to play really hard and be very competitive. And they played really well with a lot of guys out. I knew T.J. (Ford) was going to play and he played a great game.”


    (On being back home in Indiana) "I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I would expect to. It was different out there tonight. My heart was racing a little bit and I was trying to calm myself down. I had a lot of fans and friends in the stands tonight."

    (On hitting the three pointer near the end of the game) "I was missing all game so I was glad that I was able to hit that last shot. One of their guards, I don’t remember which one, went to trap Baron (Davis) and it left me wide open and I got the pass and knocked it down."

    (On Clippers recent improvement) "Our chemistry is getting better game by game. We’ve been playing a lot tougher games here of late. We’re just riding along and I hope we can get more wins. The NBA is such a long season. We don’t want to have too many highs or lows. We just want to keep it even. Zach opens the floor for us. He is a big presence inside and we get a lot of open looks because of that.”


    (On his 34 points, 16 rebounds) "I got off to a slow start but then I just got more aggressive. That’s what we needed to do."

    (On the trade that brought him to the Clippers) "We have good players and I’m just trying to bring whatever I can to this team and that’s aggressive rebounding and scoring the basketball and offensive rebounds."

    (On coming back to Indiana) "I try to play like that every night. I just need to come out and try to be aggressive and play my game."

    (On his slow start in the game) "I got off to a slow start. I couldn’t hit my first couple of shots but then I started getting warm and getting into my rhythm."

    (On so many Pacers being out with illness) "Definitely we try to take advantage when guys are out. With them missing two or three players we have to come out and play hard and try to bury the team.”

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