Rewind: Pacers vs. Bobcats 120222
Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Charlotte
Game Rewind: Pacers 102, Bobcats 88
Wearing blue in Carolina made Tyler Hansbrough feel right at home.
The young forward broke out of a long funk with a season-high 22 points as the second unit carried the Pacers into the All-Star break with a 102-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday.
Coming off a 117-108 overtime victory over New Orleans Tuesday night in which all five starters played at least 38 minutes, the Pacers leaned heavily on their second unit and got much-needed production. The bench amassed a season-high 55 points as well as 31 rebounds and was instrumental in the runs that turned the game in Indiana's favor -- including 11 unanswered early in the fourth quarter that pushed the lead to 19 and broke it open.
The Pacers head into the break with a four-game winning streak and a 21-12 record. Charlotte lost for the 18th time in 19 games to fall to 4-28.
BY THE NUMBERS
Hansbrough made 8 of 18 shots and added nine rebounds to his 22 points. A.J. Price had 11 points, six assists and four rebounds, Dahntay Jones 10 points and Lou Amundson eight points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. None of the starters had to play more than 27 minutes. Danny Granger scored 12 in 2-of-11 shooting, while Paul George and Darren Collison scored 10 apiece. Roy Hibbert nearly had his fourth consecutive double double with nine points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes. The Pacers shot 40 percent, won the board 57-46 and had 20 assists.
Charlotte was led by Corey Maggette's 20 points. D.J. Augustin scored 15 and Kemba Walker 14. Boris Diaw had 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Bismack Biyombo had nine points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. The Bobcats shot .352 from the field but were a respectable 8 of 19 (.421) from the 3-point line.
"Our bench carried us through some of the first half, and in the second half they broke the game open. We started the fourth quarter thinking the bench was going to do the normal rotation and at 9 or 10 minutes we would come back with the starters up until the 6-minute mark. But the bench broke open the game so we just rolled with them and it felt great." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"We put together a solid bench and we are trying to build the best defensive team in the league. We are trying to learn from what Dallas did last year and exhibit championship-level passing. If we put all those things together there is no ceiling for us." - Vogel
"Our depth is big for us. Obviously when you add David West and George Hill, it makes a difference to get some veteran guys in here that have some experience, it’s good. You have some guys coming off the bench that can do work, and I feel like our second unit, when we get in there, we’re not taking anything away and we just try to build the lead." - Hansbrough
"We’ve been growing. A couple games we felt like we should have won but we just didn’t make plays down the stretch. We probably should be two up from where we are now. I think we’re very confident in our ability to win games. We knew the schedule was going to be tough, but I don’t think that we’ve been overwhelmed by the schedule and we’ve been able to respond." - West
STAT OF THE GAME
In jumping out to a 28-23 lead, the Bobcats outrebounded the Pacers 15-7. Indiana dominated the boards -- and the game -- the rest of the way, 50-31.
After the Bobcats came out hot, jumping to a 19-10 lead, the Pacers rallied behind the bench to regain control in the second quarter. Hansbrough was in rhythm, scoring 12 with five rebounds in the half, and Collison scored seven quick points to spark a 12-0 run late in the half that put the Pacers up 50-40. The Pacers held Charlotte to 14 points on 6-of-28 shooting in the second period.
The sound defense continued in the third (Charlotte shot 7 of 21) and the Pacers took control of the boards, outrebounding the Bobcats 22-10 in the period. Once again the second unit provided the spark, with Hansbrough and George Hill playing key roles in a 16-4 run late in the period that pushed Indiana's lead to 78-66.
After D.J. White opened the fourth quarter with a jumper to cut the lead to 78-70, the bench struck again, scoring all of the points in an 11-0 run that made it 89-70 with 7:48 remaining, putting the game out of reach.
George Hill made his first appearance of the month after missing the previous 12 games with a chip fracture in his left ankle. He looked good with four points, four rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes. … The Pacers have won nine in a row from the Bobcats, with the last four coming by an average margin of 26.0 points. … The Bobcats were without leading scorer Gerald Henderson, who missed his eighth in a row with a hamstring injury. … Jeff Foster sat out the second night of the back-to-back. … Both teams wore ABA throwback uniforms, the Pacers with their familiar blue from the 1971-74 seasons and the Bobcats from the Carolina Cougars.
The All-Star Weekend offers a much-needed break for most of the team, although George (BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprite Slam-Dunk contest) and Hibbert (Eastern Conference All-Star reserve) will head to Orlando to participate in the midseason festivities. The Pacers return to action Tuesday, Feb. 28 against Coach Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM).