Thursday, November 30, 2006

Pacers 108, Warriors 106: Jack in the Role of Big Shot Bob

The Pacers pushed their record to two games over .500 with a wild win on the road at Golden State, 108, 106. Stephen Jackson assumed the role of Big Shot Bob Horry with a dash of Reggie, to hit a game winning 3-ball with one second left. With the Warriors up one, it appeared they had a one point win when Danny Granger missed a shot for the lead and Baron Davis swatted it away to burn out the clock. In the first bit of luck (or so it seems) the Pacers have had in a long time, the ball went right to Jack who promptly drained the game winner with one second left. Since he was wearing a Pacer uniform, the shot immediately evoked memories of Reggie Miller's frequent late game heroics, but the play really played out like Robert Horry's dagger three to kill the Sacramento King's will in the 2002 Western Conference Finals. Pretty easy to savor this W, as the Pacers go to 2-1 on the current six game road trip (9-7 overall). A few other thoughts:
  • Playing back-to-back games after a hot shooting night in Portland, the Pacers had to keep pace with the Nellie-ball Warriors. The hot shooting did not continue, but with the pace of play last night, quantity not quality mattered more. The Pacers launched 94 shots including 22 3-balls.

  • Per usual in a Warriors game, the box score is fun to look at after the game. JO and Foster had double-doubles. Tinsley was my FLoN with 23, 8, and8. Big Thirst took a drink from behind the arc, with 6 threes included in his 28 points.

  • The Pacers started the game well again last night. Jeff Foster was particularly active early scrapping for loose balls and rebounds and scoring some nice garbage points on put backs to get the Ps off to a good start.

  • Surprisingly on the back-to-back, the starters played heavy minutes, so the Pacers didn't get much production from their bench. It wasn't needed since the starters scored 95 points and now will have a day off to rest.

  • The road trip continues as the Pacers head back to the Northwest for a game with the Supes on Friday night.

(Photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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