Postgame Report: Pacers 130, Raptors 101 090408
All-Star forward racked up 29 points in 28 minutes, making 10-of-16 shots from the field and 9-of-9 from the line, adding four rebounds and a blocked shot.
The Pacers established a season-high for points despite scoring just 15 in the fourth quarter. They also had a season-high for points in a half with 74 in the first.
The Pacers play their final road game of the season Friday in Atlanta against the Hawks (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
April 8, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Pacers 130, Raptors 101
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“30 assists is great. We played very unselfishly all night and really had our way offensively. It’s nice to pretty much get out to a lead and maintain it."
(On the assists) "Any time you pass the ball like that and attack the basket … I thought we did a good job. I thought our guys, again, played very unselfishly. It’s just nice to get a win with that type of margin and give everybody a chance to play."
(On Roy Hibbert) "I think Roy is pretty confident offensively … I’m confident in him and always have been. He’s a very polished low post scorer. His scoring ability is good."
(On big wins in the last two games) "I think our guys seem to be having fun playing basketball. They’re playing hard. They’re working hard in practice. They’re an easy group to coach. Any time that we can challenge shots like we did tonight and get out on the break, we can put points on the board. If we can bring this defense around, we’ll be good."
(On Josh McRoberts) "Offensively he is doing some good things. He’s working on his shooting. I thought he did some nice things defensively, although it wasn’t our best defensive effort in the fourth quarter, which is a little disappointing. I think he had a solid game."
(On Jarrett Jack) "Jarrett is a terrific leader. He’s really doing an excellent job of taking care of the basketball. His assist-to-turnover ratio over the last half of the season is very good. He really understands our offense and what we’re trying to get out of it. And he is willing to do whatever he can to execute it.”
PACERS FORWARD JOSH McROBERTS
(On his double-double in 22 minutes) "It’s good to get the opportunity to get out there and play and be involved in a win. Obviously, you can’t do a lot from where I sit at the end of the bench. And when the opportunity presents itself, I want to get out there and do the best I can and help out."
"I need to work on my rebounding and I think I got some of it done tonight. I can build on this as well as our team. It was a good win for us and we just need to continue.”
PACERS CENTER ROY HIBBERT
“We played hard tonight, executed a lot of things we’ve been working on. I am running the floor much better than I have in the past. I am improving, but still have a long way to go."
"This time we wanted to let the crowd relax at the end and not have them holding their breath to see if we were going to hold on and pull it out. This was a good win for everybody. Everybody contributed and we can finish this season on a good note.”
RAPTORS COACH JAY TRIANO
“They made shots early and often and we didn’t provide much resistance the first three quarters."
"We need to be competitive and try to win games.”
RAPTORS CENTER PATRICK O'BRYANT
(On his first career start) "It felt good. I did not see it coming. Before the game, I was sitting in the trainers’ room and they told me Andrea (Bargnani) was not going to be able to play and to get ready. I was surprised and a little nervous. I felt like I did all right. I know I made some mistakes. But I was able to get into the flow of the game pretty good."
(On getting into foul trouble) "I still have to be aggressive. I can’t play passively out there. I have to show the team that I can play aggressive near the basket. I think I’ll start to get some calls if I continue to do that. But I’ve just got to go out and play, work on my jump shot and make passes on offensive, then hustle down court and play some defense.”
RAPTORS FORWARD CHRIS BOSH
(On the game) "It’s over, man. The best part about it is that it’s over."
"Doesn’t matter which five we’ve got out there, we’ve got to play.”