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Granger scores 23 points as Pacers beat New Jersey

Saturday, November 8, 2008

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Granger scored 23 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 98-80 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night.

Granger shot just 6-for-17 from the field, but made 10 of 12 free throws for the Pacers (2-3). He entered the game as the NBA's No. 2 scorer.

Indiana guard T.J. Ford nearly had a triple-double, but settled for 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Troy Murphy had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Foster added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers.

Vince Carter led New Jersey (2-3) with 31 points.

New Jersey guard Devin Harris missed the game because of a sprained left ankle. He had a career-high 38 points Friday night in New Jersey's win over Detroit. His replacement, Keyon Dooling, scored 17 points on Saturday.

Indiana held New Jersey to eight field goals in the second half and outscored the Nets 49-29 after halftime.

The teams combined for nine 3-pointers in the first quarter, and the Pacers led 32-27 at the end of the period.

New Jersey shot 50 percent in the first half and led 51-49 at the break. Carter scored 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting in the first two quarters.

The Pacers led 53-51 when Josh Boone couldn't quite gather himself on an alley-oop attempt. Indiana rebounded and pushed the ball down the floor, and Murphy made a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 56-51 lead.

Granger then stole the ball from Yi Jianlian at the top of the key, drove and split two defenders for a layup and a chance for a 3-point play. His free throw made it 59-51.

New Jersey's first points in the second half came with 7:40 left in the third quarter, but the Pacers maintained control. A 3-pointer by Marquis Daniels increased Indiana's lead to 66-55 midway through the period, and the Pacers led 74-66 at the end of the quarter. New Jersey shot 4-for-20 from the field in the period, and Carter was held to four points.

Indiana started the fourth quarter on an 8-1 run, with all its points scored by Granger, to take an 82-67 lead. The Nets didn't make a field goal in the period until Dooling scored with 5:55 to play. Indiana's Jarrett Jack answered with a 3-pointer to give the Pacers an 86-70 lead.

Notes:

Foster surpassed his season high for points with eight in the first quarter. ... Boone had an airball on a free throw with 1:15 left in the first half. ... Indiana G Mike Dunleavy sat out because of a sore right knee, and Pacers C Rasho Nesterovic missed his third straight game because of a sprained right ankle.

Nets-Pacers, Box

NEW JERSEY (80)

Simmons 1-5 3-4 6, Yi 1-10 0-0 2, Boone 2-6 0-4 4, Carter 11-22 6-7 31, Dooling 7-11 2-4 17, Najera 0-4 0-0 0, Lopez 3-4 2-3 8, Hayes 2-8 1-2 5, Hassell 2-3 0-0 5, Ager 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Anderson 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 29-75 16-26 80.

INDIANA (98)

Granger 6-17 10-12 23, Murphy 6-11 1-4 17, Foster 5-10 2-2 12, Daniels 6-13 0-0 14, Ford 5-13 2-2 13, Rush 2-4 0-0 5, Hibbert 2-3 0-2 4, Jack 4-9 0-0 10, Diener 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 15-22 98.

New Jersey27241514--80

Indiana32172524--98

3-Point Goals--New Jersey 6-18 (Carter 3-7, Dooling 1-1, Hassell 1-1, Simmons 1-2, Yi 0-2, Najera 0-2, Hayes 0-3), Indiana 11-33 (Murphy 4-7, Jack 2-4, Daniels 2-6, Ford 1-3, Rush 1-3, Granger 1-9, Diener 0-1). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--New Jersey 49 (Yi 11), Indiana 60 (Foster 13). Assists--New Jersey 10 (Dooling 4), Indiana 23 (Ford 9). Total Fouls--New Jersey 22, Indiana 22. Technicals--New Jersey defensive three second, Indiana defensive three second. A--14,355 (18,345).



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