Postgame Report: Pacers 110, Pistons 106 (OT)
Still battling multiple strains in his back, the veteran point guard scored 23 points in 29 minutes off the bench, making 8-of-13 shots, adding six rebounds and four assists.
Including tonight's 33-19 advantage, the Pacers' bench has outscored its counterparts 161-81 in the last four games.
The Raptors visit Conseco Fieldhouse for the first time Friday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan) since last summer's trade sending Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto. O'Neal, who has missed the last 10 games with a bruised knee, may not play.
Jan. 14, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Pacers 110, Pistons 106 (OT)
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“It was a good win against a good ball club. A lot of guys stepped up. Danny (Granger) hit a great shot to tie it up, then we sucked it up defensively. That’s two straight games where defense was outstanding in the second half. 43% field goal defense means everything and 10 turnovers are terrific. There are a lot of things positive."
(On T.J. Ford) "He played like he had a rod in his spine, very stiff, but he got us buckets."
"Troy (Murphy) has been shooting the heck out of it from three point range. Those were two big shots in overtime."
"At the very end of the game, it will go to Danny, T.J. or Michael (Dunleavy). Danny was able to create space on Prince (Tayshaun) and get an open look. It would be a travesty if Danny is not on the All-Star team. There aren’t many people in the NBA this season who have played better than Danny. And it just not points.”
PACERS CENTER JEFF FOSTER
(On the game) "Our defense has been pretty poor this year. But tonight we were able to put the schemes together, play tight defense and win."
"As long as we continue to work hard and play competitive, we should be on our way. We stayed with them the whole night and took the opportunities when we had them and got the W. They’re a good basketball team.”
PACERS FORWARD TROY MURPHY
“This was a great win for us tonight because we haven’t won too many games in overtime. But we all worked hard, worked together and got this one tonight. The crowd was a big plus for us, because they were really behind us tonight."
(On his shooting) "I feel like I have a chance to make every shot that I put up. I have confidence in myself and feel that I can get the job done. We also cut down our turnovers tonight and took advantage of these things to get this win tonight. And we hope to get started in the right direction."
(On his double-double) "I would take them but wins are far more important than double-doubles. If double-doubles come with wins, that’s great.”
(On T.J. Ford’s shot late in the game) "When that shot went in, I knew that it had to be our night. T.J. was terrific tonight.”
PISTONS COACH MICHAEL CURRY
(On the Pistons overall game) "We missed free throws, missed a technical foul shot. We had a chance to win it in regulation. We got the ball in our veterans’ hands…It just didn’t go our way. I thought we executed, we just missed the shots. If you take away overtime, I thought we played pretty good. When you get down five or six, it’s tough to come back against good teams. We just have to keep going. We can make those shots."
(On Danny Granger’s development) "He’s scoring on contact. He’s maturing into his body and developing his all around game. And he continues to get better.”
PISTONS GUARD ALLEN IVERSON
(On Pistons’ missed shot late in regulation) "We had a good look tonight, Rip (Richard Hamilton) had a good look and just couldn’t knock it down. We’ll take that shot any night. But it shouldn’t come down to that. That’s it in a nutshell. We had the game in hand and it had to come down to a shot like that to win the game. It should never come down to that. It just shouldn’t get to that point."
(On Pistons’ inability to win close games lately) "The only feeling we should have right now is that we can get it together. We have to figure it out. We can’t come into the all-star break still doing the negative things that we’re doing. We have to get it together.”
PISTONS GUARD RODNEY STUCKEY
(On the late misses in regulation) "We just have to finish games. That’s pretty much it. We’re kicking ourselves in the butt because we can’t finish games. We have to straighten that out."
(On losing too many close games) "We let these games slip away. At the end of the day if we keep losing games like this it’s going to hurt us at the end of the regular season. Hopefully we can figure this out and turn it around.”