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Pacers Stumble Before First Rest Stop On The Road

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The Indiana Pacers lost control of the game last night in a hurry.

After desperately trying to hold onto their lead in the third quarter, the Golden State Warrors finished with a flurry, scoring seven straight points in the final 58 second of the third to take a two-point lead into the deciding fourth quarter. Monta Ellis then exploded for another seven straight points on his own in the first 64 seconds of the fourth.

The 14-0 run over two minutes stunned and staggered the Pacers and they never recovered. After the jump, a few more observations from the game along with some links of interest.

  • Jeff Foster starrted in place of Roy Hibbert as Jim O'Brien continues to search for the right combination of players to produce wins. Foster responded well against the depleted front court of the Warriors with 9 points and 9 rebounds, including 6 offensive boards. Hibbert on the other hand didn't offer much off the bench. Within three minutes he had three fouls and eventually only played 11 minutes with 2 points, 2 rebounds and 5 fouls.
  • Danny Granger finished with 22 points but despite a few blips on the radar couldn't produce any momentum for the Pacers. He also had five turnovers, struggling with the ball in traffic. I realize his wheels aren't 100% but this team need Granger to carry the offensive load at times and he just hasn't be able to fill that role of late. Granger tried shaking things up by starting the game with a headband. Looked a bit strange with it covering his ears and must've felt strange since he took it off in the first quarter.
  • Mike Dunleavy saw some significant minutes maxing out his allotment and producing 22 points in 23 minutes. He appeared worn out toward the end fading along with the Pacers' chances of winning.
  • T.J. Ford had one of his better games going in the first half and along with Earl Watson, the two point guards did a great job of getting in the paint for some easy buckets. The second half was a different story as both struggled with the game on the line and the duo ended the night with a combined 8 turnovers.
  • Brandon Rush started the game but his tentative play gave way to Dahntay Jones. Jones started the third quarter and finished the game with 21 points. Rush score no points in 16 minutes, with one play exemplifying his confounding play. Early in the first quarter, Rush had the ball on the left wing. A nice pump fake and dribble opened him up from about 18 feet, instead of shooting it he passed to T.J. Ford in the corner for a missed three-pointer. As Rush was passing the ball, you could hear Foster yell, "Shoot it!"
  • Box score with highlights
  • PACERS: Inside the Game: Pacers at Warriors
  • The Associated Press: Ellis scores 45 in Warriors win over Pacers
  • Pacers blow another big lead
    Mike Wells reports on the Pacers allowing a 32-point swing in favor of the Warriors leading to a disheartening loss.

  • Warriors Web: Warriors 126, Pacers 107 - Monta scores career high 45 pts
    GSoM thoroughly enjoyed the Dubs' comeback win.

  • Pacers Notebook: Pacers playing Hibbert off the bench
    Mike Wells has more on Jim O'Brien shuffling lineups to look for answers on the road trip. JOB likes Jeff Foster on the court in part because his +/- numbers are usually the best on the team. Last night, Foster was the only player with a positive number, +1.

  • Do you smell that? That's a nasty funk coming from the Pacers
    Mike Wells blogs about the mess he witnessed in Oakland last night.

  • Monta Ellis leads Golden State Warriors past Pacers
    Marcus Thompson II reports on Monta Ellis lighting up the Pacers last night.

  • Bird willing to remain patient
    Mike Wells talks to Larry Bird about the team's struggles so far this season and in essence, Jim O'Brien's status.

  • Warriors Web: Warriors 126, Pacers 107 - Monta scores career high 45 pts
    GSoM thoroughly enjoyed the Dubs' comeback win.