Postgame Report: Pacers vs. Hawks 081118

Produced his third game of at least 30 points this season totaling 34 on 13-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-5 from the 3-point line, adding four rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and two steals.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 29:58 +19
Travis Diener 5:54 -2 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 31:43 +18 Jeff Foster 22:53 +1
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger 35:07 +16
Roy Hibbert DNP --- Jarrett Jack 25:12 +6
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 37:04 +14
Rasho Nesterovic 35:52 +19 Brandon Rush 16:17 -7

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 56, Hawks 28
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 14, Hawks 8
  • Second-chance points: Hawks 16, Pacers 10
  • Points off turnovers: Hawks 12, Pacers 9
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 82, Hawks 58
  • Bench scoring: Hawks 38, Pacers 31

  • Jeff Foster's 3-pointer that beat the buzzer at the end of the first quarter was his first since April 17, 2002 and just the fifth in 44 attempts in his career. He had missed his last 20 attempts.

  • The Pacers have now won three in row, and six of the last eight, against the Hawks. Indiana has won five straight home games vs. Atlanta.
  • Danny Granger's season-high 34 points represent his third 30-point game of the season.
  • The Pacers shot 44-80 from the floor (.550) tonight for their first effort above 50 percent.
  • The Pacers' 113 points in the game are a season-high
  • With a season-high 19 rebounds and 10 points, Troy Murphy notched his fifth double-double of the campaign and his third in the last six games (five appearances). That is the most rebounds Murphy has ever had with the Pacers and are three short of his career-high.
  • Rasho Nesterovic's 21 points are his most in a Pacers' uniform and are his most since scoring 23 points for the Raptors vs. Charlotte, 4/4/08. Nesterovic also tied for the team lead with a season-best five assists--one short of his most ever in the NBA.
  • Jarrett Jack also had five assists tonight, one off his season-best and his first game as the team's leader in assists.
  • Jeff Foster's 12 points tonight included his first 3-pt FG since April 17, 2002. Foster has hit five 3-pt FGS in his NBA career.
  • In the first period, the Hawks committed five turnovers to the Pacers' two. In the last three periods, Indiana committed 12 to Atlanta's five
  • Including 4-5 from Danny Granger, the Pacers shot a season-high 61.5 percent (8-13) from beyond the arc.
  • Since starting the season 6-0, the Hawks have now lost four straight.
  • The Pacers had a total of five players with at least one blocked shot tonight and had nine rejections as a team--one off their most this season.
  • With six points, T.J. Ford scored less than double figures for the first time in 18 games (including preseason) in a Pacers uniform.

  • The Pacers play host to Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and the Orlando Magic Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • Nov. 18, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 113, Hawks 96


    “I thought we put together four quarters of complete basketball. Danny (Granger) and Rasho (Nesterovic) were terrific, not only from scoring but Rasho had eight deflections and Danny had seven deflections. We run a lot through Rasho. He understands the game and he’s very unselfish. He understands that game on a level that is fun to coach."

    (On Jeff Foster’s first three-pointer in six-plus seasons) "We ran something and it didn’t work. They shut it down and Jeff did the logical thing and took a fade away jumper."

    "Troy had a spectacular game, not only the 19 rebounds but four assists and zero turnovers. We’re trying to get a couple more dimensions of Murphy…passing the ball and going down on the post."

    "I think Danny in the two years I’ve been here had his best leadership night. He communicated what the team needed to do to win.”


    (On the game) "We came out very deliberate, focused, aggressive and ready to play from the beginning. We played both ends of the court and that’s what you have to do to get a win. We worked on mismatches on pick and rolls which gave me chances to get buckets. Our team does not depend on one person. Anyone can step up on any night and get the job done. We are still learning each other and will continue for a while."

    (On his scoring) "Box scores don’t mean anything if we don’t win. We did win. I am still learning and when we all get together we will be a good basketball team.”


    (On the game) "Our defense was very solid tonight as well as our shooting 55 percent. We had a very bad performance in Chicago and we wanted to get it right tonight. I had to work on my driving to the bucket more, because that frees up other players and that gives me another dimension. Sometimes we do some little things that are uncharacteristic of us, such as stepping out of bounds and just turning the ball over. We’ve got to eliminate these things, keep concentrating on doing the things that will help us win basketball games. We did a pretty good job of it tonight.”


    (On Al Horford’s absence and how it affected points in the paint) "Al is a big part of what we do. When he’s missing in terms of clogging up the middle, banging for us, and scoring a little, he’s missed. But it gives the other guys an opportunity to step in and we just didn’t get it done. In terms of our bigs standing in there and banging, I thought we let Nesterovic have his way and Murphy kind of threw his weight around as well."

    (On his team’s defense in general) "We’re into the mode of trying to outscore teams, and we’re getting outscored. We just have to get our package back together and regroup, and go home tomorrow and try to muster up a win against the Wizards."

    (On the team’s problems in general during four game losing streak) "It’s not the offensive end that’s really hurting us. We have to defend and rebound the ball a little better than we’re doing. The first six wins we defended and rebounded and teams struggled to score against us.”


    (On losing four in a row) "That’s pretty much the NBA season, a lot of ups and downs. Like told all the guys when we were 6-0, don’t get too far ahead of ourselves. It’s a marathon and not a sprint. It’s a down time for us right now. But we’ll bounce back."

    (On why they are losing) "We haven’t been playing together. We’re playing with no energy. A lot of guys have gotten complacent and it shows on the floor."

    (Asked if Danny Granger could be a superstar in this league) "He’s a pretty good player. But I think it’s a little too early to tell if he can be a superstar player in this league.”


    (On their four game losing streak) "After we lost to Boston, a game in which I felt we played pretty well, we go to New Jersey and we lost and it’s like we stopped defending, stopped playing defense together. We have to play defense as a team and we haven’t been doing that. Tonight seems like every time we made a big push they would make a big play. They are a good team. I think they will be in contention in the East all year long. I think we’re going to need to look at the tape and see where we’re not defending. We just have to find the time to sit down and do that and work to improve.”

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