(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers got bigger, stronger and longer over the
weekend with the return of Danny Granger. Now they hope he can knock more rust
off when the Golden State Warriors visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse Tuesday.
Granger had been sidelined all season with a knee ailment and made his
anticipated season debut Saturday in a 90-72 victory over the Detroit Pistons
in the back end of a home-and-home series. Granger came off the bench to post
two points, two rebounds and one assist in 18:36 of action.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel was asked about Granger's debut.
"Rusty, but it is to be expected. Certainly he is playing a lot better than
the practices the last few weeks, but that is what we expected the first game
back with the first taste of it," Vogel said. "That is why were are not
throwing him back in for 40 minutes a game and it is going to take time."
The usual suspects in George Hill and Paul George helped Indiana to its fourth
straight win and ninth in 11 tries. Hill scored 17 points and the All-Star
George recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who held the Pistons
to a season-low 72 points.
David West had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the win.
"Our defense carried us throughout most the game. We held these guys to 33
percent shooting," Vogel said. "We struggled to make shots, but our passing
was still great, but we still ended up with 45 percent (shooting) which is
Indiana has won three in a row at home and is 23-5 as the host. It will play
two straight and four of five games at the Fieldhouse, where the Pacers own a
55-19 mark in the last 74 regular season games.
Golden State opened a five-game road trip with Sunday's 100-99 victory at
Minnesota as Jarrett Jack continued his recent surge with 23 points, eight
assists and five rebounds. Jack is averaging 22.5 ppg in his last six and was
asked about carrying momentum from home to the road.
"You would like to have some carryover, that's what the successful teams in
this league do. We were able to come out of All-Star break and go home and
take care of business," Jack said. "Build up some momentum and you want to
have some carryover out here on the road. Everybody knows the most important
game on a road trip is the first one."
David Lee recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Carl
Landry added 19 points and nine boards, helping the Warriors halt a five-game
road losing streak. Stephen Curry contributed 18 points in the win, Golden
State's third in a row since losing six straight.
The Warriors are 15-16 outside of Oakland and will also visit New York, Boston
and Philadelphia on the eastern jaunt.
Golden State won the first matchup of the season with Indiana, 103-92, back on
Dec. 1 at Oracle Arena behind Curry's 20 points and 11 assists. Lee added 13
points and 12 boards in that one for the Warriors, who ended a three-game
slide to the Pacers.
Indiana, though, is still 10-6 in the last 16 contests in this series. Golden
State has lost five straight and 10 of its last 11 at Indiana.
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