NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Charlotte|
(Tuesday, January 15th)
Final Score: Indiana 103, Charlotte 76
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Paul George scored 16 points and pulled down
10 rebounds and Roy Hibbert added 18 points and four blocks as Indiana
outlasted the Charlotte Bobcats, 103-76, at Time Warner Cable Arena on
David West contributed 15 points and eight rebounds and George Hill added 16
points for the Pacers, who stopped a three-game road skid and improved to 14-4
in their last 18 games.
"We were aggressive out there. We came out with energy and played really
well," Hibbert said. "I tried to take shots within the rhythm of the game and
tried to be a defensive presence out there and block some shots."
Gerald Henderson scored 15 points and Kemba Walker tallied 13 points on 6-of-9
shooting from the floor for the Bobcats, who are now 2-24 in their last 26
games since starting the season 7-5.
The Bobcats kept things relatively close early on, despite trailing 25-11 with
just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter. A Walker 3-pointer
started a 9-2 run over the final 3:22 that was capped by Jeff Adrien's two
free throws with 33.9 seconds left, and Charlotte trailed, 27-20.
Midway through the second quarter, following back-to-back Walker baskets which
closed the gap to five, 33-28, the Bobcats turned to him again. This time,
Walker missed a deep 2-point try and landed on the defenders foot, rolling his
ankle. He missed the rest of the quarter.
Immediately following Walker's injury, the Pacers answered with a 15-3 surge,
giving the visitors a 48-31 lead with just over two minutes before halftime.
The Bobcats fought back, however, with six consecutive Ramon Sessions points,
starting another 9-2 run to enter the break down 10, 50-40.
The second half, however, was a different story.
The Pacers turned up the heat in the third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats,
33-17. They limited the home team to just 7-of-16 shooting, while George and
Hibbert added 10 points a piece, helping Indiana to a comfortable 83-57 lead
before cruising to the victory.
Sessions played well off the bench for Charlotte, finishing with 13 points,
but the Bobcats in general shot poorly at 34.7 percent from the floor. They
were outscored in the paint, 52-22 and lost the battle on the boards, 60-31.
The Pacers are 9-12 away from home this season as opposed to a 15-3 mark in
Indianapolis ... Charlotte has not won a home game since a Nov. 21 victory
versus Toronto ... The Pacers have won 11 of 12 in the series and 13 of the
last 16 meetings.
01/16 01:18:56 ET