Postgame Report: Pacers 104, Grizzlies 99 090225

Continued his recent scoring surge with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, adding six assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 39:23 +8
Travis Diener 4:54 +6 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 28:26 -2 Jeff Foster 20:05 -4
Stephen Graham 7:45 +7 Danny Granger DNP --
Roy Hibbert 16:09 -3 Jarrett Jack 41:12 +8
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 38:36 +8
Rasho Nesterovic 20:49 +8 Brandon Rush 22:41 0

  • Points in the paint: Grizzlies 52, Pacers 34
  • Fast-break points: Grizzlies 17, Pacers 2
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 20, Grizzlies 10
  • Points off turnovers: Grizzlies 20, Pacers 14
  • Starters scoring: Grizzlies 68, Pacers 65
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 39, Grizzlies 31

  • The Pacers won their fifth in a row at home and 12th in 14 games at Conseco Fieldhouse, all in 2009.

  • With tonight's win, the Pacers are 15-14 in 2009.
  • With his 13 points and 12 boards, Troy Murphy registered his 35th double-double of the season.
  • Including 6-7 by the bench, Indiana was 11-23 from 3-pt range tonight and they have made 10 or more 3-pt FGS in seven of their last 14 games.
  • Including a career-high tying three by Mike Conley in the first quarter, the Grizzlies had 12 steals tonight, tying the most by a Pacers opponent in the last 30 games. O.J. Mayo also had three thefts for Memphis, but those two were the only Grizzlies with more than one.
  • Including multiple blocks by Daniels, Murphy and Hibbert, the Pacers had 10 rejections tonight. Indiana has had double-digit blocks six times this season, but just two of the last 35 games. Daniels' three blocks are his most ever with the Pacers and tied his NBA career-high.
  • Murphy has recorded multiple blocks just three times this season, while Hibbert has had two blocks in five of his last 11 appearances--and in 15 games overall.
  • The Pacers started the game 12-12 from the foul line, then shot 5-7 in the fourth quarter with all eight attempts in the fourth coming in the final 30 seconds.
  • The Grizzlies outscored the Pacers, 52-34, in the paint and the Pacers win is their sixth in 18 games with fewer points in the paint than the opposition.
  • The Pacers scored a season-low two points on the fast break and were outscored on the break, 17-2, by Memphis. This season, the Pacers are 11-17 when outscored on the fast break.
  • The Pacers have had 20 or more turnovers eight time this season, but their 20 tonight are the team's most in the last 14 games. Indiana has won just two of their eight games with 20+ turnovers this season.
  • Making his second appearance in the last six games, Stephen Graham scored six points on 2-3 from 3-pt range. He has made a season-high two 3-pt FGS four times this season.

  • The Pacers head to Boston to face Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the Celtics Friday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • Feb. 25, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 104, Grizzlies 99


    “We’ll take the win. It wasn’t a thing of beauty. We did some good things defensively down the stretch. But we had way too many turnovers."

    (On Jarrett Jack) "He has been playing well. He did a nice job distributing the ball."

    (On Memphis) "Gasol (Marc) is a monster inside. The combination of Conley (Mike), Mayo (O.J.) and Gay (Rudy) is pretty quick and talented. They’re going to be a good basketball team. "

    "This is a great group of guys to coach. They’re a very resilient group and they always believe they can win. And there are very few games where we are out of games. I’m very proud of the way these guys compete.”


    (On his improved play) "It’s about being comfortable. I’m just a lot more comfortable now than at the beginning of the year."

    (On the win) "It’s just good to get a win at home. Now we have to try and carry that over on the road."

    (Pacers play the Celtics on Friday) "They present a big challenge for us. We’re just going to try to play the same type of game as tonight and try to keep our tempo up."

    (On the Pacers turnovers) "We didn’t take care of the ball too well in the third and fourth quarters. But we buckled down on defense at the end of the game and we made some free throws.”


    (On the win) "Tonight we didn’t do a good job of closing out the game. I thought we did a good job of picking up defensive pressure."

    (On stepping up in the absence of Granger and Dunleavy) "I’m trying to do whatever is called for. I knew when we had Danny and Mike I could kind of take a reserve role because those guys can really score the basketball. I just decided to make plays and be a defensive guy. But now that they went down I’m just trying to step up and fill the void."

    (On building his confidence) "In this league, once you get confidence that’s half the battle. That’s something I’m really playing with right now. Coach is always yelling at me to be aggressive, and he tells me I’m too reluctant to shoot the ball...I’m just trying to take good shots.”


    (On the end of the fourth quarter) "Our execution was good on the last three to four possessions. Rudy (Gay) got a good look at the end. We just couldn’t hit the shot."

    (On the Pacers 20 second chance points) "We got beat on the glass early. I’m always disappointed when we don’t compete early in the game. "

    (On Mike Conley) "He’s our starting point guard and I just look for him to be consistent, push the ball and not make turnovers. Asst. (Coach) Damon Stoudemire has been trying to mentor Mike. He’s trying to show him the angles of the game and he’s been working with Mike a lot after practice. I’m glad we have Damon on our staff.”


    (On getting back in the game and falling short) "We got back in the game in the fourth quarter. I thought our reserves did great job of getting us back. We were one or two plays away from winning the game. They made some great plays down the stretch, Daniels hit a big shot for them then they were able to extend their lead a little and were able to pull it out. "

    (On coming home) "It’s fun to come home. But there are a lot of distractions also. You want to see so many people and be able to spend some time with them but yet you have to remember that you’re here for business. I just wish we were able to get the win tonight. It would have made the trip home that much better.”


    (On missing the three-pointer late in the game) "It felt good when it left my hand. I thought it had a great chance to go in. It was probably an inch off. It’s frustrating to lose this way. It’s tough on me. Especially, when I get a good look like I got and was not able to knock it down. That was the play that we drew up in the timeout and it was wide open. Couldn’t ask for anything better.”

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