The Bobcats had three players score in double figures as they faced the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse® but could not make a comeback in the fourth quarter, eventually falling 101-77 on February 13. Byron Mullens came out strong for the Cats scoring 19 points, while Bismack Biyombo hauled down 16 rebounds.
Bobcats took lead with six minutes left in the second quarter, 36-34, but lost the advantage in the final seconds as the Pacers closed the half up, 49-46… Byron Mullens fought to keep the score close, leading the Bobcats with 13 points at halftime, but the Cats had no answer for Paul George and Tyler Hansbrough, who led the Pacers offense with 23 and 19 points, respectively... The Cats fought back in the second half, with Ramon Sessions scoring seven points in the fourth quarter, but could not cut the deficit to single digits.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats finished shooting 31.7 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from long distance. The Pacers finished the game shooting 43.2 percent from the floor and 31.6 percent from 3-point territory… The Pacers beat the Bobcats in points in the paint (50-20) and second-chance points (20-9)… Charlotte’s defense forced seven Pacers turnovers, while grabbing five steals and blocked eight shots.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Byron Mullens was vital to the Bobcats offense with 19 points on 9-for-19 shooting. He started the game off strong with nine points in the first quarter. This is the fifth game in a row Mullens has scored in double digits. He finished with three rebounds and an assist.
Bismack Biyombo may have struggled offensively with five points on 1-for-7 shooting, but he was the Cats difference maker on the defensive end, finishing with 16 rebounds and four blocked shots.
PACERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Paul George led the Pacers with a triple-double, scoring 23 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dished out 12 assists, a new career high. He finished 8-for-17 from the field and added two steals.
Byron Mullens was lead scorer for the Cats with 19 points… Ramon Sessions (14) and Gerald Henderson (13) also scored in double figures… Paul George led the Pacers with 23 points and had a triple-double… George also reached a new career high for assists (12).
The Cats hit the road to take on the Magic before returning home for the next three games at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Bobcats tip off in Orlando at 7 p.m. on February 19, and return home on February 20, to take on the Pistons at 7:00 p.m.. Watch the games live on Fox SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats app for your smart phone or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.