Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger likes to refer to it as his go-to move. It's a move that he had yet to use for a game-winning basket during his six-year career. That was until Tuesday night. Granger made a 17-foot step-back jumper over former teammate Shawne Williams with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Pacers a 119-117 victory over the New York Knicks in front of an energized crowd at Conseco Fieldhouse. "You've always got to be able to have a move you can go to when you need a bucket," Granger said. "That's mine." The Pacers have won two straight games over the Knicks since their six-game losing skid and moved a half-game ahead of Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. "Obviously a huge win," Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel said. "Anytime you can beat a team in a back-to-back situation it's tough. Our execution down the stretch, particularly in the fourth quarter was terrific." Granger, who missed Sunday's win over the Knicks with strep throat, needed to redeem himself after Carmelo Anthony blew by him for an easy layup to tie the score at 117 with 7.8 seconds left. Vogel called a timeout to advance the ball into the frontcourt and draw up a final play. Williams ended up on Granger after a switch with Anthony on a screen. Granger took a couple of dribbles, drove right, got Williams leaning back and swished the jumper. It's the second time Granger has made a winning basket for the Pacers as time was about to expire. His other shot came at Phoenix two years ago.
Granger hits game-winner as Pacers beat Knicks again
Indianapolis Star | Mar 16