Postgame Report: Pacers vs. Nets 081108

Veteran had his best game of the young season, dominating the offensive glass and producing 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 32:58 +11
Travis Diener 10:48 +3 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T. J. Ford 37:12 +15 Jeff Foster 29:38 +10
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger 36:40 +23
Roy Hibbert 16:06 +4 Jarrett Jack 27:49 +8
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 31:17 +16
Rasho Nesterovic DNP --- Brandon Rush 17:32 0

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Nets 18
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 16, Nets 5
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 20, Nets 4
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 20, Nets 18
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 79, Nets 60
  • Bench scoring: Nets 20, Pacers 19

  • After scoring 32 in the first quarter, the Pacers lead the NBA in first-quarter scoring at 28.6 per game. They're shooting .514 in the opening period (55-of-107).

  • Since being swept by New Jersey in the four-game 2006-07 season series, the Pacers have won three of five games against the Nets, including tonight's win, which is Indiana's third in a row at home vs. the Nets.
  • Dating back to last season, Danny Granger has scored 10+ points in 32 straight games and has topped the 20-point mark in nine consecutive games--both his most ever in the NBA. In those nine games of 20 or more, he has topped the 30-point mark five times.
  • Jeff Foster's 12 points and 13 rebounds are both his first in double figures in the regular season. His seven offensive boards are the most by any Pacers' player this season and are two short of his total for the first four games combined.
  • Troy Murphy's double-double tonight is his third in the first five games.
  • The Nets shot 21-42 from the floor in the first half and led by two points at halftime. New Jersey made just 8-33 FGS (.242) in the second half, including 4-20 (.200) in the third quarter alone.
  • In addition to his 13 points, T.J. Ford had a season-high eight assists while collecting a season-best nine rebounds--which is two short of his career-high.
  • Indiana's 15-10 edge on the offensive boards resulted in a 20-4 advantage in second chance points and the Pacers have outscored their opponent in second chance points in each of the last four games. In the last three games, the Pacers have outscored their opponent, 56-20, in second chance points.

  • The former Seattle SuperSonics, led by Kevin Durant, make their first visit to Conseco Fieldhouse as the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday at 7 p.m. (FSI, 1070 The Fan).

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  • Nov. 8, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 98, Nets 80


    “It was a great defensive performance (in the second half). We really pressured them hard, locked them down and held them to under 30 points in the second half. We were very happy with our performance. We were on a back to back. They were on a back to back and it was our third game in four nights. It was a good test to play the second half with that type of intensity."

    (On his rotations) We’ve had a nine man rotation. I don’t know if I’ll go to 10 man rotation (when Rasho Nesterovic gets back). It doesn’t mean I won’t play 10 people. I’ll play the best nine.”


    (On missing the triple double) "Close but can’t seem to quite get there. One day it will be my night and I’ll get there. I’m really proud of my rebounds tonight. As a team we started slow but finished strong. I think losing three of the four games that we lost, helped us prepare ourselves for this game. These were all tough teams and games that we could have won. We learned from these games and got the W when we needed it."

    (On Devin Harris not playing) "Devin is a good ball player. It definitely hurt them but they had to play on as we need. We must continue and move forward Monday night.”


    "We were down in the beginning. Didn’t play that well so we had to take pride in what we were doing and how we were doing it. The three games that we lost we could have won but we couldn’t dwell on that. We had to continue our strong effort and we will have to do that Monday to get ready for Oklahoma. We had lapses but were able to put our stuff back together. Our defensive schemes helped because defense wins ball games and that can lead to championships."

    (On his free throw shooting) "10-13 is not too bad. That’s almost 80 percent. We know what we can do, we just have to do it.”


    (On the Pacers) "I’ve got a great deal of respect for Indiana. Larry Bird and Jim O’Brien really know what they’re doing. Danny Granger is an emerging star and they have everything going in the right direction."

    (On the Nets second half play) "We were very poor. They turned up the intensity. Our shots were poor. They beat us in all the main areas of the game. And our offensive efficiency really hurt us.”


    (On the difference in his shot selections from 1st half to 2nd half) "It was a lot different. I forced a few especially the first couple of shots in the second half. I don’t need to do that on this team. We’ve got guys that are capable. I forced a lot of things up, you learn from your mistakes. They felt good when they left my hand until they got about half way to the rim, then they didn’t feel as good."

    (On missing Devin Harris) "It puts more responsibility on me. But that’s no excuse either. This is a team game and it’s going to take a collective effort to win games. We had a pretty good first half and we had a not so good second half. As the leader of the team, I take responsibility. It’s disappointing to not follow up last night win with a better effort. We came out and did a good job in the first half but we have to be able to put together two good halves.”


    (On the second half) "They played harder than we did. They made more plays than we did, and they made more stops than we did. Coming off of last night, it’s disappointing. We are always looking for consistency in our effort. But we haven’t found that balance yet."

    (On not having Devin Harris) "It always affects you when you lose your leader, your point guard. Keyon (Dooling) stepped up tonight and played well. So we can’t really use that as an excuse.”

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