Postgame Report: Pacers 100, Nuggets 94 090301

Continued his scoring binge in the absence of Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy, scoring 28 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 3-of-6 from the arc and 11-of-12 from the line, adding eight assists.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels 37:55 +9
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 29:18 +2 Jeff Foster 21:26 +2
Stephen Graham 10:05 -3 Danny Granger DNP ---
Roy Hibbert 19:29 -1 Jarrett Jack 42:07 +10
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 37:36 +16
Rasho Nesterovic 16:26 -4 Brandon Rush 25:38 -1

  • Points in the paint: Nuggets 44, Pacers 34
  • Fast-break points: Nuggets 11, Pacers 2
  • Second-chance points: Nuggets 28, Pacers 18
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 12, Nuggets 10
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 83, Nuggets 75
  • Bench scoring: Nuggets 19, Pacers 17

  • The Nuggets entered the game 31-1 when leading after three periods, 13-0 on the road. They took a 75-68 lead into the fourth quarter.

  • The Pacers have won six in a row at home and 13 of the last 15.
  • Including tonight's game, the Nuggets have lost just five games to teams that were below .500 at the time that they played them.
  • With tonight's win, the Pacers have now won at least one game against each of leaders of the six divisions in the NBA.
  • The Pacers are now 13-18 in games against teams that were at least .500 at the time they played them
  • With his 22 points and 18 boards, Troy Murphy registered his 37th double-double of the season, tying his career-high. His 18 rebounds matches Murphy's fourth best total of the season and he has registered double-doubles in seven straight games.
  • Tonight's win by the Pacers ends Denver's four-game winning streak at Conseco Fieldhouse and it is the Pacers' second win overall in their last 10 games with the Nuggets.
  • Through the first 59 games of the season, Troy Murphy had blocked multiple shots in just two games. Including tonight's two rejections, he has blocked two shots in each of the last three games.
  • Rasho Nesterovic claimed eight boards tonight, his most since gathering in nine at Memphis the day after Christmas.
  • Roy Hibbert's six boards tonight featured a career-high tying five offensive rebounds.
  • After going 3-15 from beyond the arc in the previous three games, Troy Murphy canned 4-7 from 3-pt range tonight. For the season he has shot 120-279 (.430) from long distance.

  • The last extended road trip of the season, thre games in five nights, begins Tuesday in Sacramento against the Kings (10 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • March 1, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 100, Nuggets 94


    “That was a hard fought win. That’s a physical basketball team. It was a terrific gut check win for our team. I’m happy about the win."

    (On Jeff Foster) "That’s why he’s in there. He does all the little things, the tough things. He’s the best defender we have at the big position."

    "Murph (Troy Murphy) has been unbelievable."

    (On the coming road trip) "One at a time. The next game is the biggest game in the world. Every game down the stretch is huge. We have to prove we can win on the road.”


    “We stayed in the game no matter what the score was. We stuck with our game plan. We kept playing hard and didn’t let up. I think that’s what led us to victory."

    "We have built some energy at home and need to transfer it to the road."

    "I let the game come to me. I put myself in position to score.”


    “It was a lot of fun. It was a fun game out there. The crowd gave us a big lift and we were able to finish them off. This was a tough win for us. We’ve got to stick with it."

    (On Jeff Foster) "He played great in the fourth quarter. He plays hard and he plays great defense. He really gave us a huge lift. We’ll take a win any way we can get it.”


    (On the game) "They never quit. They were playing well at home and they got three or four bounces in a row. Indiana for some reason always finds a way to win in this building."

    "Jarrett Jack is playing good right now and Troy Murphy had a good game and they are tough to beat at home."

    (On their second quarter performance) "Our team should never have a 12-point quarter.”


    “Indiana played very well. They’ve beaten Boston, the Lakers, Orlando at home…all good teams. They have confidence and they got us tonight."

    (On the future) "We’re in good position but we can’t relax. We need to come back and play hard and play together. If you play with confidence you win."

    (On losing a seven point lead late) "We lost focus. We lost attitude. We lost rebounds. They played well and maintained consistency and won the game.”


    “We were just a little out of sync. It’s just a little disappointing that we worked hard the other night on defense (against the Lakers) and tonight we weren’t as aggressive as we thought we should have been and we let them get into a rhythm. We had some bad bounces at the end of the game that were a little unfortunate, but we let them get into a rhythm."

    (Was there an emotional let down from the Lakers game?) "I wouldn’t say so. We were focused at the start of the game. I just think they (the Pacers) are difficult. They’re extremely tough in this building. When they get running and gunning they have guys that can make a lot of plays. I think you just have to give them some credit. We let them get too much into a comfort zone. When you let a team get confidence, especially at home, it’s going to be a long night.”

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