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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-16

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-16

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2009-11-16The Pacers' decision not to pick up Marquis Daniels' $7.5 million team option is looking smart.

The move allowed them to sign Dahntay Jones, a better defender and more reliable player.

Jones, who signed a four-year deal in the offseason, is averaging 16.4 points, which is second on the team, and shooting 46 percent from the field.

"He's been put in a situation where he's had the ball put in his hands more than at any time he's been in the NBA," coach Jim O'Brien said. "He's growing as an offensive player."

Daniels, who signed a one-year deal with Boston, said he had a feeling the Pacers weren't going to pick up the option.

"There were some trying times financial-wise for the organization," Daniels said. "Things weren't going the way they wanted it to go. There's no hard feelings because it was a business decision."

The Pacers aren't looking back because they got a player who likely will play at least 75 games and at a cheaper cost.

PACERS 113, CELTICS 104: The Pacers used a 21-8 run in the third quarter to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit. Danny Granger scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half. Dahntay Jones picked up the scoring slack in the second half, producing 18 of his 25 points in the final 24 minutes.

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