Postgame Report: Warriors 120, Pacers 117 090111

Matched his career high with 42 points on 13-of-27 shooting, 14-of-14 from the free-throw line, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston DNP --- Marquis Daniels DNP ---
Travis Diener 13:43 -11 Mike Dunleavy 22:20 +5
T. J. Ford 24:36 +8 Jeff Foster 26:26 +1
Stephen Graham 26:18 +8 Danny Granger 40:51 -7
Roy Hibbert DNP --- Jarrett Jack 39:50 --9
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 29:50 -6
Rasho Nesterovic 6:48 +3 Brandon Rush 9:18 -7

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 50, Warriors 34
  • Fast-break points: Warriors 17, Pacers 15
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 11, Warriors 8
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 16, Warriors 10
  • Starters scoring: Warriors 95, Pacers 78
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 39, Warriors 25

  • In two games against the Warriors this season, Granger totaled 83 points and made 31-of-31 free throws.

  • The Pacers (13-24) played their NBA-high 13th game decided by three points or less, including their third in a row on this road trip. They're 5-8 in those games.
  • The Warriors (11-28) snapped a five-game losing streak.
  • Indiana took a 117-116 lead with 23 seconds left on Danny Granger's 3-point, but Jamal Crawford answered with a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining with what turned out to be the game-winner after Mike Dunleavy missed a 3-pointer.
  • T.J. Ford returned from a three-game absence due to a lower back injury and had 15 points and six assists in 25 minutes off the bench.
  • Stephen Graham started his third game in a row due to Marquis Daniels' absence (groin strain) and fouled out with 11 points and five rebounds.
  • Jarrett Jack had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists and Dunleavy finished with 10.
  • Former Warriors Dunleavy (4-of-14) and Troy Murphy (0-of-4) combined to shoot 4-of-18.
  • The Pacers topped 60 points in the first half for the fifth game in a row.
  • Crawford led the Warriors with 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the arc. He also had five assists and five rebounds.
  • Kelenna Azubuike scored 21 with eight rebounds and Marco Belinelli scored 17 before leaving the game with an ankle injury midway through the fourth quarter.

  • The season's longest road trip concludes with a back-to-back Monday night in Utah against Deron Williams and the Jazz (9 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • Jan. 11, 2009 at Oakland, Calif.

    Warriors 120, Pacers 117

    By Greg Beacham | AP Sports Writer

    When Jamal Crawford squared to shoot his final 3-pointer, it was only appropriate that he had to get it over Danny Granger's desperately outstretched arm.

    The shooting stars' fourth-quarter scoring duel had turned an early-January game between two losing teams into an unlikely thriller, with both putting up 15 points in the final period with a succession of stunning shots - but Crawford's last basket loomed largest in a much-needed win for his Warriors.

    Crawford scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds left in a pell-mell fourth quarter, and Golden State snapped its five-game losing streak with a 120-117 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.

    The final minutes were a sublime exchange between Granger and Crawford, who hit four 3-pointers and didn't miss any of his eight free throws. Granger, who scored 15 of his career high-tying 42 points for Indiana in the fourth quarter, went 14-for-14 from the free throw line and added seven rebounds.

    Granger hit a 3-pointer that put the Pacers up 117-116 with 23.8 seconds left in a wild final period that had 12 lead changes, but Crawford replied with a shot that barely got over Granger's defense. After burying it, Crawford blew on his cocked index fingers, tucking them into imaginary holsters on the way back down the court.

    "He was right there, and I thought if I took a dribble, I would mess up my rhythm,'' Crawford said, still grinning at the memory. "I was already locked in at that point. We were going to win or lose with that shot.''

    Granger didn't even get a chance to reply: He was a spectator as Mike Dunleavy and Travis Diener missed 3-pointers for Indiana in the final seconds, sealing the Pacers' third loss in four stops on their five-game West Coast road trip.

    "I thought we had it,'' said Granger, whose Pacers lost a two-point game to the Lakers on Friday. "It was very frustrating, but that's kind of been the way we've lost games. ... We know we're right there. We just need a stop to win the game, and we're not doing it right now.''

    Kelenna Azubuike added 21 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, hitting a free throw with 5.6 seconds left as road-weary Golden State opened a seven-game homestand with its first victory since Dec. 29.

    Granger scorched Golden State for 41 points in Indianapolis last month, and he was even better in the rematch - but the Pacers' biggest shot was curiously taken with 6 seconds left by Dunleavy, the reviled former Warriors forward whose horrific miss off the side of the backboard capped his 4-for-14 performance.

    Coach Jim O'Brien said Dunleavy's shot was by design.

    "We had run three straight (plays) for Danny, so we tried a handoff to Mike,'' O'Brien said. "We have to learn how to defend at some point in our lives. We're not defending well enough to win these close games. We had the opportunities, and we didn't get it done. We're not defending anybody.''

    After Azubuike's free throw, Granger passed to Diener, who had an open 3-pointer to tie it - but he also missed badly.

    "Their best 3-point shooter, at the buzzer, rhythm shot - you can't wish for anything more than that,'' Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "I'll bet (Diener) hits six out of 10 of those, but the force was with us, so we'll just take it and not worry too much about it.''

    Starting with Granger's go-ahead jumper with 3:43 left, the teams exchanged 11 straight scoring possessions which either resulted in a tie or a lead change. After Crawford hit two free throws to put Golden State up 116-114 with 33.5 seconds left, Granger popped open for a 3-pointer from the top of the arc - the same spot where he hit a 3-pointer to beat Phoenix last Wednesday night.

    Golden State still is hanging on without captain Stephen Jackson, who missed his third straight game with a strained hamstring.

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