DANNY GRANGER
Racked up a career-high 32 points, making 11-of-14 shots from the field, including 3-of-3 from the 3-point line. He also added three blocked shots, two rebounds and two assists.
RICK CARLISLE
"We'd gone a long time without a road win and that was one of the things we talked about, to take the challenge and find a way to do it. We knew it was going to be a lot tougher without Tinsley out there but Keith McLeod and Darrell Armstrong teamed up and gave us a great game and we had seven guys in double figures. We knew we had to have a real team effort and we got it. Now we've got to build on it. It's not easy because Boston's a team that's playing a lot better as of late."
Points in the Paint:
Bobcats 54, Pacers 30
Fast-break points:
Pacers 15, Bobcats 10
2nd-chance points:
Bobcats 29, Pacers 13
Points off turnovers:
Bobcats 17, Pacers 9
Starters scoring:
Pacers 81, Bobcats 78
Bench scoring:
Pacers 31, Bobcats 24
In the absence of injured starter Jamaal Tinsley, backup point guards Keith McLeod and Darrell Armstrong combined for 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, making 11-of-20 shots.
High-flying Gerald Green and the Boston Celtics pay a visit to Conseco Fieldhouse Saturday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • INDIANA 112, CHARLOTTE 102
    Granger's Career Game Sparks Win

    At Charlotte | April 6, 2007


    With two starters out and leading scorer Jermaine O'Neal struggling through a rough shooting night, the Pacers had to find offense from somewhere else. As it turned out, they got it from just about everywhere else.

    Danny Granger scored a career-high 32 points on 11-of-14 shooting to lead seven players in double figures as the Pacers held off the Bobcats in Charlotte Friday night to snap an 11-game road losing streak.

    The Pacers (33-42) shot 54.8 percent from the field and moved just one game back of eighth-place Orlando in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bobcats (30-47) lost for just the fourth time in the last 10 games overall and had a three-game homecourt winning streak snapped.


    PLUSES

    Granger shot well from all over the floor, hitting all three of his 3-pointers but spending more time mixing it up inside. He hit all seven of his free throws and had three blocked shots. Darrell Armstrong scored 16 with six assists and five rebounds off the bench. O'Neal scored 14 with nine rebounds and three blocks but shot 4-of-18. Troy Murphy scored 13 while Mike Dunleavy had 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Keith McLeod started for the injured Jamaal Tinsley and produced his best game with the Pacers, scoring 11 points with five assists. Shawne Williams had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The Pacers shot 7-of-11 from the 3-point line (6-of-7 in the second half) and outrebounded the Bobcats 41-36. After being outscored 24-10 in the first half, Indiana's bench had a 21-0 advantage in the second.
    MINUSES
    The Bobcats kept themselves in the game with offensive rebounding (13 boards that led to 29 second-chance points) and forced turnovers (nine steals contributing to 17 points off turnovers). Gerald Wallace scored 29 with nine rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots. Emeka Okafor battled early foul trouble and finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Walter Herrmann scored 15 and Raymond Felton 13 with seven assists.
    MOMENTS
    Charlotte scored nine in a row spanning intermission to take a 61-51 lead, but Granger and McLeod brought the Pacers back, combing for 20 points in the third period – including five each in a 10-0 run that gave Indiana a 73-71 lead. Granger and Armstrong then combined for 10 points in a 12-0 run that made it 87-77 early in the fourth quarter.

    The Pacers kept a comfortable margin while they made shots, and they hit nine of their first 10 in the fourth quarter while building a 104-93 lead. When the shots stopped falling the Bobcats threatened to rally, scoring twice in a row to close to 104-97 but the defense came up with three stops in a row while the offense scored its final three baskets on offensive rebounds, including a huge tip-in by Williams that made it 106-978 with 1:52 remaining.


    TIDBITS
  • Tinsley did not play because of a right elbow bruise. He played with the injury in the Pacers' last game, a 100-85 loss to Detroit but could not shoot, though he produced 10 assists.
  • Foster missed his second game in a row with lower back spasms.
  • McLeod had totaled 16 points on 5-of-29 shooting, including 0-of-7 from the 3-point line, in his previous 16 appearances with the Pacers but had 11 points, shot 4-of-7 overall and made all three of his 3-pointers in his second start.
  • Indiana's last road win game Feb. 3 at Memphis. The club-record road losing streak is 28 set in the 1982-83 and '83-84 seasons.