JERMAINE O'NEAL
Scored 27 points with 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists.
RICK CARLISLE
"Their whole team played well. They played with force the entire game and we just didn't. It's disappointing, of course, but I'm not ready to give up on our guys or anything like that. I still believe in this group. They've shown what they're capable of doing. What we have to do is bring unconditional commitment to the remainder of our season to do things hard and do things together. Tonight, we came up short in those areas."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 50, Bobcats 28
Fast-break points:
Pacers 16, Bobcats 8
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 13, Bobcats 9
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 20, Bobcats 9
Starters scoring:
Bobcats 74, Pacers 73
Bench scoring:
Bobcats 39, Pacers 29
Seven of Charlotte's nine wins have come against teams with winning records: the Pacers, Spurs, Jazz, Lakers, Pistons, Cavaliers and Magic. The combined record of the nine opponents the Bobcats have beaten is 154-115 (.572).
After a brief New Year's break, the Pacers begin a two-game road trip Thursday in Dallas against former teammates Austin Croshere, Anthony Johnson and the Mavericks (8:30 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • CHARLOTTE 113, INDIANA 102
    Bobcats Have A Ball With Pacers

    By Conrad Brunner | Dec. 30, 2006


    Perhaps more than any other NBA team, the Charlotte Bobcats are going to miss that synthetic basketball. The Pacers, on the other hand, will bid it a happy adieu and hope the disappearance of the slippery orb will enable them to get a grip on their elusive consistency.

    Racking up 246 points on consecutive nights, their last games before the leather ball returns in 2007, the Bobcats followed Friday night's triple-overtime stunner over the Lakers by dominating the fourth quarter to pull away for a 113-102 victory over the Pacers Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Pacers (17-15) failed for the seventh time to extend a winning streak to three games, dropping to 9-5 at home. The Bobcats (9-21) won consecutive games for the first time all season and picked up their first-ever victory in Indianapolis.

    Charlotte rode career games from Adam Morrison, who scored 30, and Raymond Felton, who dished 19 assists and outscored the Pacers 34-20 after Indiana took an 82-79 lead with 10:41 remaining.


    PLUSES

    O'Neal again put big numbers in the box score but scored just two of his 27 in the fourth quarter. Danny Granger scored 17 off the bench (13 in the fourth quarter) with six rebounds. Jamaal Tinsley scored 15 with six assists and two steals and Stephen Jackson scored 14. The Pacers committed just nine turnovers and topped 100 points after a three-game slump in which they averaged just 81.7.
    MINUSES
    Though the Bobcats were coming off a 63-minute game the night before, were missing one starter (point guard Brevin Knight) and lost another (forward Gerald Wallace) to injury in the fourth quarter, they played with far more energy and aggression than the Pacers and finished the game strong while the home team wilted down the stretch. Morrison was a force throughout the game and Emeka Okafor took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of his 19 points. He also had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. Matt Carroll brought shooting off the bench, scoring 12 of his 18 from the 3-point line, and Felton dictated the tempo throughout, scoring just 10 points but racking up 19 assists and six rebounds. The Bobcats shot 50 percent, outrebounded the Pacers 45-38 and had 28 assists.
    MOMENTS
    The Pacers appeared to become consumed by the officiating in a disjointed first half that featured 29 fouls and 40 free-throw attempts. That was certified early in the third quarter when Coach Rick Carlisle picked up his second technical foul and was ejected for protesting a technical foul call against Stephen Jackson. Carlisle had picked up his first technical in the first quarter. Morrison's four free throws pushed the lead to 62-52 and it grew to 69-56 before Tinsley rallied the Pacers, scoring seven in a row to spark a 16-2 run that gave them a 72-71 lead.

    Consecutive baskets by Al Harrington and Granger (a 3-pointer) gave the Pacers an 82-79 lead with 10:41 remaining but that's where the wheels came off. Indiana missed its next seven shots while the Bobcats put together an 11-2 run to regain the lead and the momentum. Granger hit two more 3-pointers, including one with 6:06 left to cut the deficit to 94-90 but that would be the last meaningful basket of the game for the Pacers. Morrison and Carroll hit consecutive 3-pointers that pushed the advantage to 104-94 and Okafor scored on the next two possessions, including a dunk, to lock it up.


    TIDBITS
  • Wallace suffered a separated right shoulder with 8:28 remaining when he dove for a loose ball, undercutting Jeff Foster, who fell hard on the Bobcats' forward in front of the Charlotte bench.
  • Sean May returned to action for the Bobcats after a seven-game absence with an ankle sprain with eight points and eight rebounds off the bench.
  • Shawne Williams, Josh Powell and David Harrison were inactive for the Pacers.