Even though getting a win over the World Series-distracted New York Knicks isn't the same as beating one of the NBA's elite, beating anybody at this point makes everyone happy.
The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells captured the moment after last night's game where Pacers players demonstrated their excitement for finally nabbing their first win of the season, a 101-89 victory in Madison Square Garden. A.J. Price shouted from the mountaintops that "A victory. It tastes so good," while Danny Granger, who scored a team-high 21 points, added that he was just glad to get it over with.
The Pacers are now 1-3 heading into a big homestand where five of the next six games will be played in Indy. There is also plenty of time for snoozing, practicing and resting as only one game even occurs before next Wednesday. Indiana will play host to the Wizards on Friday, when the fingers will be crossed that acting star and NBA rookie Tyler Hansbrough could make his regular-season debut.
Until then, check out the jump for links to Larry Bird's thoughts on LeBron coming to New York, more reaction to the first Pacers win, and a Friday night tribute to late-Pacers owner Mel Simon.
Bruno's postgame report names Dahntay Jones the Player of the Game last night. Jones had 19 points, 12 rebounds to nab the first double-double of his career. His aggresiveness set the tone for the Pacers as he passed up two wide-open jumpers for two terrifying, monster dunks that proved to his teammates that they could score quite easily in the paint against the undersized Knicks. Here is also a link to Bruno's live blog.
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- Mike Wells uses his Pacers Insider blog to note T.J. Ford and his emergence during the final minutes last night, after spending most of the crunch time in the first three losses on the bench.
- After the local media (Bob Kravitz) wasn't pleased with Danny Granger ducking their questions after Tuesday's loss to the Nuggets, the Pacers' star told reporters on Wednesday that he ducked out because he was "frustrated" by the team's play. Wells reports that it was just the second time that Granger had done the deed in his career.
- John Oehser gives his recap of the Pacers pulling away in the final minutes for a win in NYC. Always Miller Time also offers a perspective on the Pacers first win.
- I missed linking to this before the game yesterday, but here is the game preview, along with an interview, from Eight Points, Nine Seconds.
- The New York Times rightly chose to focus its game recap on the pending arrival of LeBron James to New York on Friday night. The New York Daily News wonders how the Knicks can ever beat the NBA's elite teams if they can't even beat the Pacers. I should feel offended.
- Also from the Daily News, Pacers team president Larry Bird expresses his thoughts on the pending free agency of LeBron James. Bird says he would like to see James stay in Cleveland and finish his career playing for the team that drafted him.
- During the game against the Wiz on Friday, the Pacers announced that there will be a jersey retirement ceremony for late co-owner Mel Simon. The banner will bear Simon's name. The game will also be used to mark the 10th Anniversary of Conseco Fieldhouse. Every fan will receive a commemorative 10th anniversary ticket, a souvenir poster and the opportunity to get autographs from members of the 1999-00 Pacers NBA Finals squad during a pregame auto session. No word yet on which players from the team will be there.