Postgame Report: Hornets 103, Pacers 100 090119
Scored 30 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining, making 10-of-23 overall and 5-of-7 from the 3-point line. He added five rebounds and two assists.
This was the 14th game of the Pacers' season to be decided by three points or less, by far the most in the NBA. Their record is 5-9.
The quick but difficult road trip concludes Tuesday with a back-to-back in San Antonio against Tim Duncan and the Spurs (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
Jan. 19, 2009 at New Orleans
Hornets 103, Pacers 100
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
(On the end of the game) “Our shooter made a three and their shooter hit one to counter. It was a great shot, both of them. What are you going to do? We lost a tough game tonight.”
(On the third quarter) “We didn’t make shots. We had a lot of great open looks and they didn’t fall like they did in the fourth quarter.”
(On the play of Danny Granger) “There is no doubt he is a 100% all-star. He does this about every game. He is the fourth leading scorer in the league. Over the last 15 games he is averaging 32 points a game. He is a great player. How he can be left off of the all-star team, I have no idea how that can happen.”
(On Chris Paul) “He is a great player. It’s hard to keep in front of him, and hard to keep him out of the lane. I thought we did a good job on pick and rolls. Their three point shooters are all 6-8, 6-9 and when you rotate out and if you are a nanosecond late they are going to get the shot off.”
PACERS GUARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
(On the game) “We made some good plays. We made enough to get us into overtime, but Chris made an amazing shot."
"We cannot let up on our defensive intensity or it will cost us, especially in the fourth quarter.”
PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
(On the game) “I thought we were getting it into overtime, if he hadn’t made that shot. I thought we had the momentum. It’s disappointing. I counted on my hands six times that we’ve lost on the last shot. But that’s just the way it is."
"Now we’ve got to go to San Antonio and try to get a win.”
PACERS GUARD T.J. FORD
(On his play) “I’ve been playing without speed since the injury. Tonight, it was tough."
"Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll be able to get there. It’s coming. It’s frustrating, but it’s getting there.”
HORNETS COACH BYRON SCOTT
(On Chris Paul's game-winning basket) “As soon as (Danny) Granger hit that shot Chris came up to me and said ‘Coach, give me the ball’. I was able to draw something up for him, gave him a little space, and he was able to get it off. Chris is a great player and as they say, great players make great plays.”
(On losing players to injuries) “It was a gutsy win. Tyson went down, Hilton went down, and not having David. If the game had gone on any longer we probably would have lost someone else, so for the guys to hang in there with some funky line-ups, but I thought they did a heck of a job on the defensive end, and through the fourth quarter.”
HORNETS CENTER TYSON CHANDLER
(On his injured ankle) “I came down on it pretty good. I just knew I broke it. I’m glad that it wasn’t. The x-rays are negative. It’s swollen pretty good.”
“I heard a pop and I felt a pop, so that’s what really scared me coming down. As soon as I came down on it, I felt it and I knew it (was injured). I thought it was a lot worse than it is. I had x-rays. They were negative. There were no breaks.”
(On if the injury is day to day) “At this point you never know. My body normally reacts pretty well to sprained ankles. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
HORNETS FORWARD PEJA STOJAKOVIC
(On Chris Paul’s winning shot) “He’s a guy that is capable of making those kind of shots….It was a huge game for us.”
HORNETS FORWARD JAMES POSEY
(On playing without key players today) “That’s how it is some nights. It’s an opportunity for guys to come in and play. Sean (Marks) came in and did a great job. Everybody contributed tonight and that’s the biggest thing.”