Inside the Game: Pacers vs. Clippers 091125

Player of the Game

Played strong post defense against Clippers center Chris Kaman and produced 18 points, 11 rebounds and a blocked shot, scoring 10 in the fourth quarter when the Pacers took control.


Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy DNP ---
Ford +6 -16 Foster +11 +8
Granger DNP -12 Hansbrough -4 -36
Head +10 +29 Hibbert +2 +31
D. Jones +11 +32 S. Jones DNP -25
McRoberts -3 -14 Murphy +16 -56
Price DNP +7 Rush +8 -20
Watson +7 -4

Hustle Board

  • Points in the paint: Clippers 32, Pacers 28
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 6, Clippers 4
  • Second-chance points: Clippers 14, Pacers 8
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 20, Clippers 6
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 64, Clippers 55
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 22, Clippers 18

  • Stat of the Night

    The Pacers held the Clippers to 30 points on 12-of-39 shooting (.308) in the second half.


  • After an 0-8 start from the floor and scoreless first half, Dahntay Jones scored 18 points in the second half and hit six of his last 11 shots. Jones was also 1-2 from 3-pt range and 5-5 from the foul line in the second half.
  • Nine turnovers is the Pacers' fewest this season.
  • Marcus Camby led the Clippers to a 55-52 edge on the boards with a season-high 21 rebounds, one short of the most by any NBA player this season.
  • Luther Head's 14 points are his most ever in a Pacers' uniform.
  • After shooting just 20-64 FGS through three quarters, the Pacers hit 12-21 FGS (.571) in the fourth quarter and outscored L.A., 31-14, in the period. L.A. was just 5-16 from the field in the fourth quarter.
  • Indiana's 12 points in the first quarter represented its fewest in any quarter this season and its 34 points in the first half tied its fewest in a half this season. The Pacers also scored 34 points in the second half against Cleveland, 1120.
  • T.J. Ford's six assists tonight are his most this season. But the rest of the team had just seven assists between them and Indiana's 13 assists tonight tied a season-low. Indiana also had 13 assists vs. Denver, 11/3.

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    The Pacers play their traditional day-after-Thanksgiving home game against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Note the later start time (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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    Nov. 25, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 86, Clippers 73


    Without their leading scorer, the Pacers were bound to struggle for offense, so they turned to defense, shutting down the visiting Clippers in the second half and taking control in the fourth quarter behind T.J. Ford, Troy Murphy and Dahntay Jones for an 86-73 victory Wednesday before 12,356 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Danny Granger missed the game with a sprained ligament in his left knee but is listed as day-to-day and could return as soon as Friday's game against Dallas.


    When you've lost four in a row, there's no such thing as an ugly victory, regardless of the statistics. This one lifted the Pacers to 6-7 overall and 4-4 at home. The Clippers (6-10) had a two-game losing streak snapped despite the return of Indianapolis product Eric Gordon, who scored six points in 27 minutes off the bench after missing the previous seven games with a groin injury.

  • “I’m very proud of our team playing a game with a lot of adversity around it. We played with a lot of force at the defensive end. Troy (Murphy) did a good job defensively and hit two huge threes down the stretch. Luther (Head) coming off the bench was great. ... There’s a lot of praise to go around. I thought we played with a tremendous amount of composure at both ends of the court (down the stretch).” -- Coach Jim O'Brien.

  • "We stepped it up. It was a game where we had to grind it out. We know what we can do defensively. We just have to continue to put it together for four quarters.” --T.J. Ford on the defense.

  • "We did a lot of positive things, keeping the ball moving, distributing the ball well and knocking down our shots. We have capable players that can step up and make things happen." -- Dahntay Jones on winning without Danny Granger.

  • "It was an awful loss." -- Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy.

  • "My timing was just off. It just wasn’t going my way. The timing, I kind of expected that. It feels good to get back. I missed a lot of shots I should have hit. I just have to work on getting it back. I just have to get my legs back, and move on to the next game.” -- Clippers guard Eric Gordon on his return.


    Either both teams were playing great defense or horrendous offense in the first half as the Pacers managed just 34 points on .304 shooting but trailed by just nine at the break as the Clippers shot .333 and managed just 43 points. The deficit grew to 49-38 early in the third but the Pacers' offense began to find a rhythm and the defense increased its energy. A 17-5 run pushed the Pacers into their first lead 55-54, and energized the team and the fans.

    The game got physical in the fourth quarter as Ford and Baron Davis tangled arms and both teams ramped up the intensity. But after Davis hit consecutive jumpers to tie the game at 65, the Pacers dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the Clippers 21-8 in the final 7 minutes. Murphy hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch and Jones added one as the Pacers pulled away.


    Murphy had his best game of the year (and fourth double-double) with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding 11 rebounds and a block. Jones missed his first 10 shots but came around in the second half and scored 18, adding seven rebounds. Luther Head kept the Pacers alive in the first half and scored 14 off the bench. Brandon Rush had a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Ford totaled 11 points, six assists and five reobunds. The Pacers shot .376 but committed just nine turnovers.

    Davis led the Clippers with 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting but the point guard had just two assists. Marcus Camby had 15 points, 21 rebounds and two blocks and Kaman had a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) but shot just 3-of-19 and committed five turnovers. The Clippers shot .322 for the game.