Postgame Report: Pacers vs. Magic 081121

Veteran played a solid game at both ends of the floor, scoring a season-high 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting, adding five rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 39:01 -9
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 39:57 -8 Jeff Foster 26:21 -1
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger 41:26 +3
Roy Hibbert 3:52 -2 Jarrett Jack 22:26 +1
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 37:58 -2
Rasho Nesterovic 30:58 0 Brandon Rush 23:01 +4

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 42, Magic 28
  • Fast-break points: Magic 13, Pacers 8
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 17, Magic 2
  • Points off turnovers: Magic 19, Pacers 12
  • Starters scoring: Magic 82, Pacers 79
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 19, Magic 18

  • Rasho Nesterovic established a career high with a team-high eight assists.

  • With the most assists by any Pacers' player this season, other than T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic led the Pacers with a career-high eight tonight. Nesterovic has led the Pacers in assists (including ties) in each of the last two games.
  • Since returning from a sprained ankle that kept him on the sidelines for four games, Nesterovic has handed out 20 assists, grabbed four steals and committed just four turnovers in the last five games.
  • The Pacers had a season-high eight different players with at least one blocked shot tonight and they tied their season-high with 10 rejections. In the last four games, Indiana has averaged 9.8 bpg and has had 10 blocks three times.
  • Including Marquis Daniels' season-best 25 points, the Pacers had three players with 20 or more points for the first time in 2008-09. Daniel's season-high 25 points are one off his most ever in a Pacers uniform.
  • T.J. Ford's 22 points featured 16 in the second half and nine in the fourth quarter
  • Including tonight's win, the Magic has now won three straight against the Pacers and has won two in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse for the first time since the 2004-05 season (11/20/04 & 1/15/05).
  • With tonight's win, Orlando has won a season-high five in a row and has won nine of 10 since starting the season 0-2.
  • Since a two-point loss in its first road game of the season at Memphis, 10/31, the Magic has won four straight on the road.
  • Since a season-long three-game winning streak, the Pacers have lost three of their last four games, including two of their last three at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • With his 22 points tonight, Jameer Nelson tied his most in 2008-09. Nelson also tied a season-high with nine assists.
  • With a 42-28 edge tonight, the Pacers have outscored their opponent in the paint in each of the last eight games. The Pacers have scored more than 40 points in the paint in each of the last eight games and in a total of nine outings this season.
  • The Pacers held Orlando to a season-low five offensive rebounds and outscored the Magic, 17-2, in second-chance points.
  • Overall, the Pacers outrebounded the Magic, 53-47, and Indiana has won just two of the five games in which it outrebounded the opposition.

  • The Pacers open a difficult holiday stretch of three consecutive road games (and 10 of the next 13) in Miami against Dwyane Wade, Shawn Marion, Michael Beasley and the Heat Saturday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan)

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  • Nov. 21, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Magic 100, Pacers 98 (OT)


    “I thought both teams played a very, very hard game of basketball. I think both teams had great looks. I thought our defensive effort was good enough to win the game. "

    (On the plays at end of regulation and overtime) "We tried to space the court both times. I had T.J. (Ford) drive and drop the ball back to Rasho (Nesterovic)."

    (On the overtime) "We were trying to tie the game up. T.J. had a good look, an open 15-foot jumper. They played very good defense down the stretch. They did a good job getting under our chins and not letting us make cuts.”


    “We must give them credit. They stayed in the game, hung around, executed well down the stretch and got the W."

    " We have to keep believing in what we’re doing, playing hard and executing better down the stretch. We had some tough shots down the stretch that didn’t fall. We play the game one game at a time. Now we’ve got to go to Miami and take care of business. This one is over.”


    “We didn’t execute well down the stretch. It seems like we only played three and half quarters. We’ve got to play the full game."

    "They played well, played hard and executed well when they had to. We didn’t execute in the fourth quarter the way we should. So we didn’t get the W.”


    (On the Pacers and Head Coach Jim O’Brien) "It’s great to get a win. This is a good team and they’ve been tough to beat at home. Jim is one of those coaches that always gets his guys to play hard and play good defense. Any time you can beat one of Jim’s teams, it’s a good day. "

    (On the Magic making big plays when they had to) "We did. We held them under 40 percent in the second half. We made the big plays when we had to. We got crushed on the glass. I didn’t think we played very well until we had to at the end of the game and overtime.”


    "Pacers are a great team and what we have to do is play hard. We haven’t played a team like that. They move the ball around a lot."

    (On his block on Troy Murphy near the end of the game) "Our guys were getting beat some off the dribble tonight and sometimes I was late. This time, I got there before he got the shot up. I tried to get the block and it worked. One thing we have to do is keep guys in front of us. And when guys get beat, I have to be there."

    (On Rashard Lewis’ performance after halftime) "He shot the ball well and he just kept playing and played with a lot of confidence. I think we did a good job on the offensive end tonight. But we have to play harder. Indiana played hard and played well and they’re a great team.”


    “Well, we didn’t play very well, honestly until the last five minutes of the game and into overtime. Then we buckled down and got some stops and made some shots when they counted."

    (On winning in different ways) "We always find a way, it seems like. Especially in this stretch of games, the last five games, they haven’t been pretty but we’ve found a way to put them into the win column. "

    (On feeling that they could come back tonight) "It felt good especially when we started inching our way back. We were lucky and fortunate enough to stay in the game and not go down by a lot of points, which helped."

    (On late game intensity) "Well, the intensity changed, our defensive mind-set changed. We had to start guarding people and taking them out of their strength. We did a better job in the second half. Honestly, our first half was horrible.”

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