Monta Ellis’ Game Winner: When Will the Pacers Finish a Game?

January 20th, 2011 by Chad Smith Leave a reply »
First it was Blake Griffin crushing the Indiana Pacers on Monday, and late Wednesday night Monta Ellis picked up where he left off.

Ellis hit the game-winning shot over Brandon Rush with 0.6 seconds remaining in the game. Indiana was able to move the ball to mid-court, but the play that was drawn up failed to even come close. The Warriors handed the Pacers another road loss, 110-108, making them 0-2 halfway through this West Coast trip. Ellis finished with 36 points, including the game winner. Brandon Wright and David Lee each had 21 for Golden State.

Danny Granger had a solid game, finishing with 32 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Indiana had another fourth quarter meltdown. They held a five-point lead at one point during the fourth quarter, yet when the game was getting close, all they wanted to do was wait for Granger to make a play. Not to compare Granger to LeBron James, but it was almost a Cavaliers/LeBron situation where the team just gave him the ball and watched and waited for him to do something. Nobody wanted to step up, and they were quivering down the stretch as they had 13 second-half turnovers.

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