In his return to one former home state, Tyler Hansbrough helped
finish off an Indiana Pacers’ comeback.
As he comes back to his current home, Hansbrough will try to
assist the Pacers again Saturday night against the winless
After dealing with vertigo in the preseason, Hansbrough hit a
key jumper in Friday’s 104-101 victory in Charlotte. The forward,
who starred at North Carolina, also grabbed a defensive rebound and
made a pair of free throws in the final minute.
“Whenever the opportunity came I was going to step up and go out
there and try to play my game and prove that I can help the team
out a little bit,” said Hansbrough, who finished with 12
Before Hansbrough’s heroics, Danny Granger scored 13 of his 33
points in the fourth quarter to help his team rally from an
11-point first-half deficit. Granger, who has averaged more than 24
points in each of the last two seasons, also had 26 in Wednesday’s
122-109 loss to San Antonio.
Indiana (1-1) will try to drop Philadelphia and first-year coach
Doug Collins to 0-3.
The 76ers, though, have showed signs of respectability in those
games as they’ve rallied in both. They were trailing by 15 on
Friday against Atlanta before falling 104-101 and came back from a
26-point deficit to Miami in a 97-87 loss Wednesday.
After facing a pair of 2009-10 playoff teams, the 76ers will try
to help Collins earn his first victory with them during a
three-game stretch featuring teams that missed the postseason.
Collins, though, could use a more balanced effort from his
starting lineup. Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala each had strong
performances against the Hawks, but didn’t get much help.
Iguodala had 27 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, and Brand
had 20 points and eight boards in the defeat. However, Jason
Kapono, Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holiday combined for 14 points.
Those three players also had a total of eight points and did not
attempt a free throw in Wednesday’s defeat, which might lead
Collins to shake up the starting lineup. He could go with Andres
Nocioni, who had 15 points off the bench Friday.
“I am still trying to figure out this team,” Collins said.
“Nocioni is going to give us more of a physical presence out there.
We’re just too small out there and it’s not a good mix. The way to
get Nocioni out there is to start him.”
The Pacers, meanwhile, are hoping Darren Collison can bounce
back from his 2-of-10 shooting performance Friday as they try to
earn their eighth win in 11 tries over Philadelphia and sixth in
nine home matchups.
Collison had seven points against the Bobcats after scoring 19
in the season opener. If he continues to struggle, Indiana could
rely again on Granger, who has scored at least 20 points in his
last three meetings with Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is also hoping for a better effort from
second-overall draft pick Evan Turner, who missed all five shots
Friday after scoring 16 in his NBA debut.
The Pacers and 76ers will play again Wednesday night in