Postgame Report: Pacers vs. Magic 090206
Playing 37 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back with a sore right knee, he scored 33 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, and pulled five rebounds with two blocked shots.
The Pacers now have victories over three of the top four teams in the NBA (the Magic, Celtics and Lakers). A chance to complete the quartet comes in their next home game Tuesday against Cleveland in Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers travel to Washington to face the Wizards Sunday night. (6 p.m., 1070 The Fan). Please note, the game will not be televised by Fox Sports Indiana.
Feb. 6, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Pacers 107, Magic 102
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“That was a complete basketball game, offensively and defensively against a very good team. We executed well at both ends."
"I thought our big guys did a nice job understanding when to foul Howard (Dwight)…every time he caught it deep in the paint."
"We did some positive things. We played a tough-minded game."
"Roy (Hibbert) did a great job. He’s moving well. He’s our most legitimate low post threat."
(On Danny Granger) "To have back to back games at that level and get 33 points hopefully is a good sign for the knee.”
PACERS CENTER ROY HIBBERT
(On his game) "I just tried to keep my body and myself ready so when I come in I can help. Jeff told me to stay low and move my feet."
"This really helped. The guys on the bench and on the floor help me to relax out there and that is what I need. I was glad to see the coaches had confidence in me to have me in there when I was."
"I am going to continue to work hard on all aspects of my game. I will be ready when called on.”
PACERS FORWARD TROY MURPHY
“We came out with fire in our eyes and continued to play the whole game. This was a very important game for us to win and we will look back at it at the end of the season as maybe a liftoff."
"A lot of guys contributed. Roy made a major contribution coming off the bench and helping us out. This was a total team effort and we have to build on this and continue to win.”
MAGIC COACH STAN VAN GUNDY
(On the Magic) "We made three good runs in the game. One in the first quarter, first two minutes start of the third quarter and then one in the fourth quarter. Awful effort on our guys’ part. We didn’t deserve to win. I’m perplexed by the lack of effort of our team and it’s my job to try to figure it out. Turnovers were terrible. We had 10 in the first half."
(On Danny Granger) "He was great going down the stretch."
(On T.J. Ford) "T.J. got a foul called, that’s the problem with playing rookies. Rookies are not getting the benefit of the doubt."
(On the Pacers) "They were getting to the line and making their free throws consistently. That was huge part of this game. Awful effort on our part, I applaud them. They played well. They were ahead and we were fighting back.”
MAGIC CENTER DWIGHT HOWARD
(Do you think the Magic overlooked the Pacers?) "No, I don’t think so. They play well here at home and they shot the ball well tonight. We just didn’t play good enough defense."
(On his free throw shooting) "I just have to keep shooting them. I think we could have played a little bit more of an inside-out offensive game tonight. We were getting a lot of guys in foul trouble."
(On T.J. Ford) "He did a good job. We have to give our guards a little bit more help. We have to do a better job of trying to contain him. They’ve got guys like Granger and Troy Murphy spotting up around the perimeter. They’re a tough cover."
"Our defense hasn’t been there for us since our West coast trip. We’ve got to play better defense if we want to keep up with Boston, Cleveland and the Lakers."
(Is sluggish play due to Jameer Nelson not playing?) "I think so, a little bit. But we can’t hang our heads. We have to step up, we’ve got to step up on the defensive end, guys have to step up shooing the ball. We’ve just got to play.”
MAGIC FORWARD HEDO TURKOGLU
“We should have had more energy than they had. They played last night and had to come back here. They wanted it more than we did. We had a few comebacks but in the end we couldn’t stop them. If you want to become one of the good teams, we can’t let these games go. It could hurt us in the future."
(On lessons learned) "We need to learn from this. It’s a long season. And to become what you want, you have to go through these kinds of tough moments. We need to put it behind us and move on. We just have to be more consistent, not so up and down, through the 48 minutes.”