Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Granger, Pacers KO Knicks in final seconds
By ESPN Stats & Info
Danny Granger's go-ahead jumper with three-tenths of a second gave the Indiana Pacers back-to-back wins against the New York Knicks in the span of three days.
Granger is 1-for-4 this season on field goal attempts with 10 or fewer seconds remaining and his team tied or trailing by three or fewer points.
In fact, this marked the third time in 10 such attempts that a Pacer player made a field goal in that situation this season.
Granger would not have had the opportunity if not for Carmelo Anthony, who tied the game on a layup with less than eight seconds remaining.
Anthony is 5-for-7 this season on field goal attempts with 10 or fewer seconds remaining and his team tied or trailing by three or fewer points, including 2-for-2 since joining the Knicks.
A developing story from the home-and-home series between these teams was the emergence of Tyler Hansbrough, who scored a career-high 30 points Tuesday. This coming just two nights after scoring a then career-best 29 points against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Hansbrough, no stranger to big games in the month of March from his days at North Carolina, has seen his scoring jump to over 20 points per game this month while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Of most importance to the Pacers, though, is the fact that the win moves Indiana a half-game ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers also hold the edge in the season series with the Bobcats, 3-0.
As for the Knicks, the loss drops them to 1-4 against opponents with sub-.500 records since trading for Carmelo Anthony, with all four losses coming to the Cavaliers and Pacers. New York is 5-2 against opponents with a record .500 or better since the trade.
Elsewhere around the NBA:
• A win over the Washington Wizards moved the Chicago Bulls a half-game ahead of the Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference. Our friends at Elias tell us that this is the first time the Bulls have been in first place in the conference this late in the season since the 1997-98 campaign, Michael Jordan's last season with the Bulls and Chicago's last championship season.
• JaVale McGee of the Wizards recorded the first triple-double comprised of points, rebounds and blocks since Dwight Howard did so in November of 2008. McGee finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks. The 12 blocks were the most in a game since Keon Clark (12) in March 2001, and the most in a triple-double since Shawn Bradley had 13 blocks to go along with 22 points and 22 rebounds in April 1998.
• The Dallas Mavericks shot 59.7 percent from the field in their loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. That marked the highest field goal percentage by any team in a loss this season, and according to Elias it was the third-highest field goal percentage in a loss in Mavericks franchise history.