Postgame Report: Grizzlies 108, Pacers 105 081226

In his first game back since recovering from a severe viral infection, Daniels scored a season-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting, adding five re bounds, three assists and two steals.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 37:42 =3
Travis Diener 15:29 0 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford DNP --- Jeff Foster 13:44 -4
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger 28:25 +6
Roy Hibbert 12:06 +4 Jarrett Jack 34:57 -1
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 35:44 +5
Rasho Nesterovic 27:59 -7 Brandon Rush 33:53 -15

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 52, Grizzlies 52
  • Fast-break points: Grizzlies 11, Pacers 10
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 20, Grizzlies 13
  • Points off turnovers: Grizzlies 25, Pacers 13
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 81, Grizzlies 59
  • Bench scoring: Grizzlies 49, Pacers 24

  • The Pacers scored 36 points in the first quarter but totaled just 37 in the second half.

  • After the Pacers scored a Grizzlies opponents’ season-high 68 first-half points on 61.4 percent shooting, the Grizzlies held Indiana to just 37 points on 44.4 percent shooting in the second half. The Pacers did not reach 20 points in the third or fourth quarters after scoring over 30 in each of the first and second quarters.
  • After Marquis Daniels’ jump shot gave the Pacers a 101-99 advantage with four minutes left in the game, Memphis responded with a 7-0 run in the next 93 seconds to give the Grizzlies a 106-101 lead with 2:27 remaining.
  • Hakim Warrick led seven Grizzlies in double figures with a season-high tying 21 points (8-of-13 FG), including nine points in the fourth quarter… Memphis improved to 3-0 when Warrick reaches 21 points.
  • O.J. Mayo scored 18 points (6-of-17 FG) and led the Grizzlies in rebounding (eight) and assists (career-high seven).
  • Danny Granger finished with 26 points (9-of-16 FG but left the game with 10:08 left in the fourth quarter with a sore neck and did not return.
  • Darko Milicic set a new season high with 14 points (5-of-7 FG) before leaving in the third quarter with a fractured hand.
  • Roy Hibbert scored 15 points on perfect shooting (7-of-7 FG, 1-of-1 FT).
  • Indiana’s center combo of Hibbert and Rasho Nesterovic (14 points on 6-of-9 FG) combined to make their first 10 shots and scored 29 points on 13-of-16 shooting (.813).
  • Troy Murphy grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, his 17th game this season with double-digit boards.
  • Memphis snapped a four-game losing streak and won their sixth game in the month of December (6-6), the most the club has won in a single month in the Marc Iavaroni era.
  • The Grizzlies erased a 17-point first-quarter deficit, the team’s largest comeback at home this season.
  • Memphis improved to 2-0 this season in games decided by three points or less. The team was 2-11 in such games last season.
  • Indiana fell to 2-17 this season when allowing its opponent to score 100 points.
  • The Grizzlies have won consecutive games against the Pacers for just the second time in franchise history (March 7, 2002 – Feb. 18, 2003).

  • The Pacers return home to face Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets at Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday (7 p.m., 1070 The Fan). Please note, the game will not be televised by Fox Sports Indiana.

  • Season plus-minus rankings
  • Game Info
  • Dec. 26, 2008 at Memphis

    Grizzlies 108, Pacers 105


    (On the loss ) “(We had) minus-six in turnovers and minus-22 in free throw attempts. We had 11 turnovers in the second half; that’s just not going to win many games on the road. Then they shot 52 percent.”

    (On being unlucky) “I don’t believe in that. We have enough players in uniform and on the court, whether Danny’s (Granger) not in or T.J.’s (Ford) not in, you’ve got to win a basketball game. It doesn’t really matter who’s playing. We’re all professional and when one guy goes out, somebody else has to step up.”

    (On when the game started to turn) “We started out downhill when we got our lead in the first quarter, and we did not start out at a high level in the second quarter. They scored 36 points in the second quarter to go from a double-digit lead to a single-digit lead. We did not handle their aggressive man-to-man in the third quarter. We were shooting a ridiculously high number in the first half and I’m sure their coaching staff got on them. Then they came out and caught fire and we did not really handle that pressure in the third quarter very well.”


    (On the team’s tough losses) “A lot of times we jump out on teams, but as we develop, and as we learn, we’ve got to finish out our games. In the NBA, you could be up 20 points, and all of the sudden, within a four or five minute stretch, they can cut it down to four points. We’ve got to finish out games, but I think we are in the process of learning that.”


    (On his injury) “I collided with my teammate, Jarrett Jack, and snapped my head back. I took a good hit from his shoulder and got a concussion, basically. I’ll take some CT scans and stuff and take a few tests and I think I should be all right.”

    (On all the team’s injuries this season) “We haven’t had Mike (Dunleavy) the whole year. T.J. (Ford) was out with the viral infection, I got a concussion, but this is the NBA though. You’ve got to go out and win every game. We’re going to get it together where we’re all healthy and on the same page. When we do, we’ll be pretty good.”


    (On the win) “All I can say is (allowing) 68 points in the first half and 37 points in the second half is priceless. Our team needs to play like that both halves. We are capable of playing like that. You can see it and the building feels it when we really get into people. We caught them, and perhaps they were a little overconfident based on our defense in the first half, but we didn’t change anything schematically and really just grinded this thing out. I would like to give credit to our team for not giving up.”

    (On halftime talk) “(The coaches) just emphasized the same thing (the players) could feel. It was defensive effort. It was filling the paint when they had some breakdowns as they were handing the ball off. We started off the third quarter with some charges and I think that took them out their game a little bit. They realized that if they rolled into the paint someone was going to be there waiting for them and then we will cover the corners. We said if you’re ready to go in the beginning of the third, you’ll be ball pressuring the heck out of your guy, you’ll be fronting the low post and you’ll be talking a lot. We just felt like we weren’t doing those things the first half.”

    (On adjustments to defend Danny Granger) “His injury certainly affected him. We definitely took some more pride in keeping him in front of us and not letting him have open looks. Him going down with an injury definitely helped us.”

    (On potentially losing Darko Milicic to a broken knuckle) “We lost Darko and we may lose him for a while. It’s too early to tell. We’ll have to make some changes. Right now I’m not sure what. Everybody will have to step up.”


    (On the win) “We knew they weren’t going to make up their shots that they made in the first half. We had to make sure that we played better defense and we did a great job of that.”

    (On the turnaround) “I haven’t been a part of many teams that have done that. That just goes to show how much pride we have. We didn’t want to go out losing this game. I think the starters came out in the third quarter and set the tone for the rest of the game.”

    “Some games it seems we don’t come out with as much energy and those are the games we normally get behind early. We need to be consistent with our energy and play tough.”

    “After we had those two possessions, we needed to take a time out and regroup. The guys were confident in the huddle and we knew we got the scores, we just had to a stop. Once we got the stop, we knew we had the game.”


    (On the win) “Once we stepped up our defensive effort, that’s what really got it going, stopping them and going out and getting easy buckets. It was tough especially the way we have been losing all season. We came back, got the lead and then had back-to-back turnovers. We stuck together no matter what even when we were down. We always believed we could come back and get into the game.”

    (On halftime adjustments) “Coach just told us to calm down and make sure we get a stop and get a rebound. Just take one possession at a time.”

    (On consistent effort) “It will take consistency to go out there and bring the whole effort for 48 minutes. Not digging that big of a hole. That’s just too much energy, you need to fight back. We need to start better in the first and not in the third quarter.”


    (On the win) “It was a good team win. Everybody contributed. It wasn’t just one person scoring out there. People got open and we locked up on defense.”

    (On the team’s improvement on the second half) “At halftime, it was kind of obvious. We needed to play better defense. We were scoring in stretches. At some points, we looked really strong and at some points we really don’t. As long as we keep the times we don’t look strong to a minimum.”

    (On the Spurs game tomorrow) "It’s a quick turn around. They are a great team and that just came off a good win. We want to get on them early. Its going to be tough against someone like the Spurs, but we can work on that.”

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