Postgame Report: Hawks 110, Pacers 104 081230
Scored 22 points overall but was particularly big in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 on 5-of-7 shooting. He also added four assists, a steal and a blocked shot and was 8-of-14 overall.
The Pacers' record in the 2008 calendar year was 31-50.
Six of the next seven games are on the road beginning Friday in New York against the Knicks (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
Dec. 30, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Hawks 110, Pacers 104
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“Clearly the Atlanta Hawks have become a very, very good basketball team. They have a lot of offensive weapons. They’re an extremely athletic team. They outplayed us."
(On the defense on Joe Johnson’s three-pointer) "Bad rotations. We fought that the whole game. We did not execute the things we practice every single day."
" We’re putting ourselves in position to win against elite teams. That’s the good news. The bad news is we haven’t figured out how to win games down the stretch.”
PACERS FORWARD TROY MURPHY
(On his double-double) "It means nothing if we don’t win the game. That’s what we’re out there for."
" We just can’t seem to finish off anybody. We can be within four or five points one way or the other and all of a sudden it’s down to the end as usual. We’ve got to find a way to win some of these games and not let them get away."
(On being frustrated) "Yes, there’s a high level of frustration. And only a couple of wins can help it out."
(On the Hawks) "They are a very good basketball team.”
PACERS GUARD MARQUIS DANIELS
“The same current events continue to happen here. We’re not making the plays. We’ve got to find some way to get this done. We work hard and work hard and seem to get the same results."
"We’ve got to get better and continue to work and get these on the right side of the ledger.”
HAWKS COACH MIKE WOODSON
(On the game) "Two teams battling and trying to win a ball game. Both teams were playing very hard and trying to win. Joe (Johnson) hit the big three when we needed it. They’ve been great here against our ball club and we’re just thankful to get a win."
(On playing against Danny Granger) "We tried to show him different looks early. We had Marvin (Williams) on him and then Joe guarded him for the most part the rest of the way. He continues to develop as a player and he’s been an all-star for their team.”
HAWKS GUARD JOE JOHNSON
(On the big three pointer near the end of the game) "I was just trying to be aggressive, trying to make a play. At the last second, Josh (Smith) saw me and skipped it across the court. I just took my time and knocked it down. "
(On winning games in the fourth quarter) "When it’s time to get a stop we’ve been doing that. Offensively, we’ve just been moving the basketball and trying to make everything easy."
(On their recent winning streak) "It’s just determination. Just going out and trying to work harder than the opponent. We’ve been doing that. In the second halves, we’ve clamped down, got stops and made big plays offensively."
(On his big scoring in the fourth quarter) "I just wanted to be aggressive. I think through most of the game I was seeing a lot of double and triple teams. In the fourth quarter, I just said I was going to catch it, go quick, and just try to make the easy play.”
HAWKS FORWARD JOSH SMITH
(On his late assist on the big three-pointer) "I went to drive the ball to the basket and then I saw Marquis Daniels drop into the paint a little bit and I threw it out to Joe and he hit a big shot. He is definitely our horse in the fourth quarter…Seems like he hits big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter."
(On the team’s good play of late) "We’re just playing together. Everyone on this team is unselfish. We know that Joe is our go to guy but he is also real unselfish and will set up anybody else on the team if necessary."
(On the key to stopping the Pacers in the fourth quarter) "We were able to keep stopping them at their end. We did a good job of not letting them get inside the paint and made them take tough contested shots."
"This season has been a blessing so far. The team is jelling. It’s definitely a sign of showing maturity as a team because the last couple of times we’ve come into this building we’ve been blown out and not been close. So to get a win tonight here was big.”