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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-09

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-09

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-09Maybe the Pacers can be a better defensive team after all.

Going back to their game at New York, the Pacers have held their opponents to 34.6 percent shooting in the past five quarters. They held a Wizards team that has explosive scorers Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler to 39 percent shooting on Friday.

"That's huge," point guard T.J. Ford said. "It gives us a lot of confidence knowing we don't have to worry about scoring. The scoring will come, we just have to continue to play defense like we're doing."

The Pacers have become a more athletic defensive team now that coach Jim O'Brien has decided to go with a small lineup. He's starting T.J. Ford and Brandon Rush in the backcourt with Dahntay Jones, Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert up front. There aren't any significant holes in that lineup other than some weight Granger gives up while playing power forward.

Hibbert has played a significant part in the recent success of Indiana's defense. The second-year center is averaging 2.8 blocks while also causing the offensive players to think twice before going into the paint.

"We've gotten in a groove and now we need to extend it," Granger said. "The ball's in the paint and we're attacking it, getting our hands on it. We're blocking shots and not giving up easy lay-ups."

PACERS 102, WIZARDS 86: The Pacers forced the Wizards into 19 turnovers and held them to 39 percent shooting. All-Star Danny Granger led five players in double-figures with 22 points. Center Roy Hibbert (12 points and 11 rebounds) and guard T.J. Ford (18 points and 10 rebounds) both had double-doubles.

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