Postgame Report: Pacers 106, Pistons 102 090411

Scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, seven in a row down the stretch, and came up with the game-saving steal in the closing seconds. He also added six assists and two rebounds.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford 30:24 -1 Jeff Foster 27:34 -6
Stephen Graham DNP --- Danny Granger 37:41 -1
Roy Hibbert 20:02 -2 Jarrett Jack 42:22 -10
Josh McRoberts 11:11 -4 Troy Murphy 37:13 0
Rasho Nesterovic DNP --- Brandon Rush 33:33 -2

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Pistons 24
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 10, Pistons 4
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 22, Pistons 10
  • Points off turnovers: Pistons 18, Pacers 15
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 79, Pistons 73
  • Bench scoring: Pistons 29, Pacers 27

  • Prior to this season, the Pacers had never scored at least 106 points in more than six straight games. They've now done so in eight in a row twice this season.

  • After losing eight straight to the Pistons that included the first two games of the 2008-09 season series, the Pacers have won two in a row vs. Detroit.
  • Troy Murphy continued on his march to the Pacers' single-season record for rebounds with 13 tonight. That gives him 836 with two games to play. That is 24 short of the record (860) set by Clark Kellogg in 1982-83.
  • Including six offensive rebounds, Roy Hibbert had eight rebounds tonight and he has averaged 7.8 rpg in the last three. Both his offensive rebounds and total rebounds tonight were one off his career-highs.
  • Hibbert added four blocked shots, his most in his last 14 games--since having five vs. Utah, 3/10.
  • Including a career-high five 3-pt FGS, Brandon Rush scored in double figures for the 10th time in the last 11 games and he scored 20+ points for the third time in the last eight games. For the season, Rush has scored 20+ points four times.
  • Indiana outscored the Pistons, 22-10, in second chance points tonight. All 22 of Indiana's second chance points came in the first half, as the Pacers shot 21-52 FGS. In the second half, Indiana shot 19-36 FGS (.528) and had just one offensive rebound. The Pacers had 14 offensive boards in the first 24 minutes.
  • Jarrett Jack led the Pacers in assists for the second straight game with six tonight. He has averaged 6.17 apg in the last six games.
  • The Pacers outscored the Pistons, 44-24, in the paint tonight and Detroit's total is the lowest by a Pacers' opponent in the last eight games--since the Heat scored just 14 points in the paint at Conseco Fieldhouse, 3/25.
  • Tonight's win is the Pacers' third this season (3-19) in a game in which their opponent has shot at least 50 percent from the floor. The Pistons shot 37-74 FGS (.500) tonight.
  • Including his 16 points tonight, Will Bynum has averaged 15.0 ppg in the last six games.
  • The Pacers are 35-45 this season, the exact same record they had after 80 games in 2007-08.
  • The Pacers have won three of their last four Saturday games and they are now 7-6 in Saturday games this season. They are above .500 on just two days of the week this season, Saturday and Wednesday (9-8).

  • The Pacers face the Cleveland Cavaliers Moniday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • April 11, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Pacers 106, Pistons 102


    “That was a fun game to coach. It was a good win against a good team going to the playoffs. When they took the lead we hung tough and did what we had to. Jarrett (Jack) did a great job down the stretch. I felt comfortable with the ball in his hands and Danny’s (Granger) hands down the stretch."

    "I thought Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert played very well tonight. It was a great experience for Brandon to play against Richard Hamilton."

    "We were (essentially) eliminated from the playoffs a couple of weeks ago when we lost to Chicago. Playing for pride is an issue and we keep doing it.”


    (On the final play) "I have to give the credit to all my teammates. It just fell into my hands and I tried to do the best I could. I think coming off the bench has meant to me to try and be a spark plug on both ends of the court. That means strong defense, strong ball movement and overall good play."

    (On the playoffs) "Even though our record doesn’t indicate it, we have put good hard work in this season and we will build on this for the next two games and next year. We have begun to be a good team with everybody contributing and giving good effort.”


    “We kept pushing the ball up the floor and getting open shots. Our defense on transition was pretty good but the defense on the half court still needs work. I think we did a decent job on Hamilton but could have done better on Wallace."

    "We have to keep this type of play and carry it over to the end of the season and into the next season. I think we’re beginning to know each other a little bit better and are playing better. Carry over for the next year is what we need to do. I feel better and it doesn’t matter to me how long I play. I just want to be productive.”


    “Going back to the first half, we gave up 14 offensive rebounds. But we did a much better job on that in the second half. We missed Kwame (Brown) tonight. His hamstring is a little sore so we held him out. But in the first half, his big body could have been good for us."

    (On loss affecting playoff spot) "I still want to concentrate more on playing good basketball. We did everything we wanted to do defensively in the first half, except come up with the rebounds.”


    “They just hit shots. They made shots and made the plays when they needed to. We had a chance at the end but the ref didn’t call a foul. We just have to live and learn."

    (On whom they play in the playoffs) "It really doesn’t matter to us. We’re already near the bottom in the playoffs and we can’t worry about who we play. We just need to know we’ve made it to the playoffs and we need to make a run."

    (On Indiana) "Indiana played well tonight. We had to keep them off the boards and we didn’t do that.”


    (On the play of Jarrett Jack and T.J. Ford) "They’re good guards and it’s really tough to stop them when they are playing like that. They played well tonight. We definitely wanted to get this win. I thought we were one call away from being right there, but we couldn’t get it. Indiana played great and they deserved to win."

    (On the game) "It’s hard playing a team with nothing to lose. You have to match their energy and try to grind it out.”

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