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Pacers report: Getting inside

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Getting inside · Notes, quotes · Roster

Pacers forward Danny Granger knows he'll score because that's what he does best. He's turning his attention to the defensive end of the court, an area where he's struggled at the past few years.

"We told Dan that one of his goals should be to be on the first- or second-team All-Defense, and he's capable of doing that," coach Jim O'Brien said. "He's tough-minded, he's got good hands, he's got good feet, he's got good length."

O'Brien is putting Granger on the opposing team's best perimeter at the start of games because he's a better defender than Mike Dunleavy. Granger usually catches a break when Brandon Rush checks in.

"Coach O'Brien told me that I have to set the tone with my defense," Granger said. "When my defense is above par, we all play that way. When it's not, we don't play well. I have to set the tone."

Granger's defensive focus comes after he didn't get much playing time with Team USA during the World Championships last summer.

Granger doesn't want to be known as a one-dimensional player. He wants to be considered one of the league's best all-around players.

"I think the way you separate yourself in this league is if you can score the ball and slow somebody down on the other the end," he said. "Defensively, in this league, offensive players are so good that you're not always going to shut a player down. But if you can hold a 25-point scorer to 13 or 14 points, you give your team a better chance of winning."

MAGIC 90, PACERS 86: Orlando C Dwight Howard had his team's first 14 points and five of its six field goals in the fourth quarter Saturday. Howard finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. The Pacers struggled shooting most of the game, but C Roy Hibbert still managed to get 19 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. Indiana shot 39 percent from the field, including 19 percent on 3-pointers.

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2016-17 Team Leaders
PPGPaul George , SF21.9
RPGMyles Turner , C7.5
APGJeff Teague , PG8
FG%Thaddeus Young , SF52.9
FT%Paul George , SF92.9
3P%Thaddeus Young , SF42.2
BLOCKSMyles Turner , C97
STEALSThaddeus Young , SF71
MPGPaul George , SF35.3
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