*Jasikevicius sparks Pacers in second half*
INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Rookie Sarunas Jasikevicius entered the game and snapped the Indiana Pacers out of their doldrums.
Jasikevicius scored all 14 of his points in the second half and Jermaine O'Neal added 29 and 18 rebounds as the Pacers avenged an earlier defeat with a 93-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Expected to contend for a title this season, Indiana had lost its previous two games in surprising fashion - relinquishing a 14-point lead in the final 3 1/2 minutes Saturday against Milwaukee before Wednesday's shocking 122-90 setback in Charlotte in which O'Neal said his team was "thoroughly embarrassed."
The Pacers once again appeared to be in trouble after Kareem Rush's jumper gave the Bobcats a 63-58 lead with 4:24 remaining in the third period. Just over a minute later, Indiana coach Rick Carlisle put Jasikevicius into the game for the first time and the Pacers responded with a 23-5 run that bridged the quarters.
With the score tied at 67-67 in the waning seconds of the third period, Jasikevicius drew a foul from Charlotte's Jumaine Jones on a 3-pointer at the buzzer and hit the ensuing three free throws.
He continued to provide a spark in the fourth quarter, assisting on Ron Artest's layup with 11:11 to play, converting a three-point play at the 9:46 mark and hitting a driving layup with 7:48 left to make it 77-67.
Charlotte, which did not make a basket for nearly 7 1/2 minutes in the second half, cut the deficit to 85-81 on rookie Raymond Felton's 3-pointer with just under two minutes remaining. But Jasikevicius made six free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Austin Croshere had 15 points and 11 rebounds while Jamaal Tinsley collected 12 and 11 assists for the Pacers, who made 34-of-44 free throws.
Kareem Rush, who exploded for a career-high 35 points Wednesday, scored 20 on 8-of-15 shooting for the Bobcats.