The Indiana Pacers had their opportunities against the Memphis Grizzlies, using a big second quarter to take a 53-45 halftime advantage. Rodney Stuckey once again provided a huge spark off the bench to help push the Pacers into a double figure lead in the quarter. The script changed in the third quarter when the Pacers saw a 13 point advantage dissipate under a 26-2 Grizzlies run, falling behind by 11 heading into the final quarter.
Indiana was never able to get control of the game once in the fourth, a lot of turnovers, bad shots, and Zach Randolph proved the difference tonight. The Pacers had 18 turnovers on the night, but didn't do a terrible job in preventing points off turnovers with Memphis winning 14-8. What really hurt Indiana was their transition defense. The Grizzlies had 16 fast break points. Randolph would lead the Grizzlies with 22 points and 13 rebounds, proving a handful for Indiana, who also had little success containing Marc Gasol, who put in 20 himself.
Indiana was led by Chris Copeland off the bench with 16 with five Pacers reaching double figures. Indiana's starting unit was a wreck against Memphis's starting five, but the Pacers bench scored 45, including double figure nights from Damjan Rudez (11) and Stuckey (10). Indiana will face their first back-to-back as they head on the road to face the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow night.