EMEKA OKAFOR
Charlotte's emerging force at power forward dominated the Pacers inside, racking up 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, adding 23 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. Had he not missed eight of his 13 free-throw attempts, his night would've been even bigger.
JIM O'BRIEN
“I’m not going to dwell on it until I have a chance to watch the tape. It’s better that I understand exactly why we lost the basketball game. Generally, win or lose, I don’t dwell on things too much, especially when we have to get on a plane to go back and play a game tomorrow night. We’ll evaluate and tell the players what we thought, and what our deficiencies were and try to come back and win a game tomorrow night.”
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 38, Bobcats 26
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 11, Bobcats 6
  • Second-chance points: Bobcats 18, Pacers 13
  • Points off turnovers: Bobcats 18, Pacers 12
  • Starters scoring: Bobcats 77, Pacers 55
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 32, Bobcats 19
  • Indiana point guards Jamaal Tinsley and Travis Diener combined to score eight points on 4-of-18 shooting, and are now shooting a combined 19-of-64 overall (29.7 percent) and 7-of-32 from the 3-point line (21.9 percent) for the season.
    The Pacers return home to face Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony and the high-scoring Denver Nuggets Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC AM-1070).
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  • CHARLOTTE 96, INDIANA 87
    Another bad quarter dooms Pacers

    At Charlotte | Nov. 9, 2007


    Who knew Ike Diogu was the difference?

    That notion an injury to a reserve forward would reverse the team's fortunes might seem absurd but the Pacers are searching for answers after going completely flat for an entire period for the second loss in a row. After taking an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Pacers promptly gave up 13 unanswered points and a 26-4 run that propelled Charlotte to a 96-87 home victory Friday night.

    After a 3-0 start, Indiana – outscored 32-14 in the third period of a 104-89 loss to the Clippers Wednesday – now stands 3-2 heading into a game against Denver Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers have lost six in a row to the Nuggets.

    Charlotte (3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak thanks largely to superb efforts from Emeka Okafor and Gerald Wallace. Okafor had 25 points and 23 rebounds, the latter a critical number as the Bobcats beat the Pacers 52-39 on the boards. Wallace scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half, 11 in the fourth quarter, and added four steals and four rebounds.

    With their perimeter players constantly breaking down the first line of defense and drawing fouls inside, the Bobcats outscored the Pacers 27-13 from the line despite making just 61.4 percent.

    Indiana was led by Jermaine O'Neal, who scored 18 points with eight rebounds. Troy Murphy scored 16 off the bench. Danny Granger scored 15 but shot 6-of-15 and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. Shawne Williams scored 14 points with three steals off the bench. Jeff Foster pulled a season-high 12 rebounds.

    Indiana led most of the game but was never able to establish firm control. The lead grew to 63-53 midway through the third and was 73-65 entering the fourth, but that's when the bottom fell out. The Bobcats scored 13 quick points in the first four minutes of the period, including 3-pointers from Matt Carroll and Wallace, to take a 78-73 lead.

    It only got worse.

    The Pacers missed 10 of 11 shots and committed four turnovers as the run extended to 26-4, with Wallace's jumper giving the Bobcats a 91-77 lead with 3:44 remaining.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • In the last two losses, Jamaal Tinsley has been outscored 52-9 by opposing point guards Raymond Felton of Charlotte (17) and Sam Cassell of the Clippers (35).
  • Marquis Daniels missed the game with a sore left knee but is expected to play against the Nuggets.
  • The Pacers wore their new yellow uniforms for the second time.
  • In the two-game losing streak, the Pacers have been outscored by 39 points with O'Neal on the floor.
  • For the first time this season, the Pacers outscored an opponent on fast-break points (11-6).