Player of the Game
TROY MURPHY
Racked up another big game with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding 15 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy +12 +24
Ford +4 -122 Foster DNP -5
Granger DNP -58 - Hansbrough -5 -50
Head DNP +39 Hibbert +17 -1
D. Jones -11 -64 S. Jones -9 -49
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy +8 -123
Price +7 -23 Rush -2 -30
Watson -6 +11
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Bobcats 36, Pacers 30
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 21, Bobcats 10
  • Second-chance points: Bobcats 10, Pacers 4
  • Points off turnovers: Bobcats 26, Pacers 13
  • Starters scoring: Bobcats 81, Pacers 75
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 26, Bobcats 17
  • Stat of the Night
    In the last four games, the Pacers have shot 51-of-90 (.567) and outscored opponents 123-101 in the first quarters. In the previous three games, they had shot 21-of-62 (.338) and were outscored 90-51.
    Noteworthy
  • Jeff Foster missed the game with a sore lower back. It's the first game Foster has missed since Nov. 20.
  • After losing six straight games, the Pacers have now won three of their last four, including two in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse. That is one short of the Pacers' longest home winning streak of the season.
  • With tonight's win, the Pacers have taken an 11-9 lead in the all-time series with the Bobcats. Indiana has won seven of its 10 home games vs. Charlotte.
  • Indiana shot 12-24 from beyond the 3-pt arc tonight and their 3-pt field goals tied their season-high. Indiana has hit 10+ 3-pt field goals four times this season and twice in the last three games.
  • Troy Murphy's five 3-pt field goals tonight are his most this season, and are the most by any Pacers' player, other than Danny Granger.
  • To go along with 15 points, T.J. Ford dealt a season-high 13 assists and that is his first double-double of the season. His 13 assists ties his most ever with the Pacers and he is just the second Indiana player to have 10+ assists this season.
  • Charlotte's 30 free throws made tonight are one short of their most this season.
  • With 13 points and 13 rebounds, Tyson Chandler recorded his third double-double of the season, while Gerald Wallace's 29 points and 12 boards gave him 15 double-doubles this season. Wallace is fourth in the NBA with his 15 double-doubles.
  • Charlotte's D.J. Augustin handed out a season-high six assists tonight
  • Including his 2-2 FTS tonight, Mike Dunleavy has hit 19 straight from the foul line. Dunleavy has scored 10+ points in seven straight games, and in nine of his 10 appearances this season.
  • The only Bobcats' player with more than one steal tonight, Gerald Wallace tied his season-high with a game-high four thefts.
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    Dec. 16 at Conseco Fieldhouse: Pacers 101, Bobcats 96
    Pacers hold off Bobcats' charge


    END RESULT
    The start was fast, the finish was furious. But in the end, the Pacers made just enough plays to hold off a strong charge by the Charlotte Bobcats and win 101-98 Wednesday before 11,888 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Indiana led by 13 early in the fourth quarter but the Bobcats trimmed it to 101-98 on a pair of free throws by Gerald Wallace with 40 seconds left. Though the Pacers came up empty on their final two possessions, they also stopped the Bobcats to preserve the victory. Wallace missed a corner 3-pointer with four seconds left and, after Dahntay Jones missed a pair of free throws, the Bobcats had one final chance with 1.4 seconds left but couldn't get off a shot before the buzzer.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers won for the third time in four games to improve to 9-14 overall and square their home record at 6-6. Charlotte (10-14) lost its fourth in a row on the road, where it dropped to 1-11.

    QUOTABLE
  • “I thought he really found people, did a good job moving and creating tempo in the first half of the game." -- Jim O'Brien on T.J. Ford.
  • "Clearly, 26 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers is a great night’s work for us. He’s really stroking the ball well" -- O'Brien on Troy Murphy.
  • "I am feeling much better and hitting my baskets now. T.J. did a great job in passing, spreading the floor and getting people open. I think we have played well in the last two but the next two will be very difficult. We will have to continue to fight and get this job done.” -- Murphy.
  • “Mike (Dunleavy) moves well without the ball which helps me in distributing the ball. Biggest thing that we have to develop now is that killer instinct to try to put teams away when we can. We just have to keep working and helping each other out and hopefully things will fall in place.” -- Ford.
  • "“We have to play better at the beginning of games. We always start off slow and use all of our energy to get back into the game, and it’s too late. You can’t do that on the road against any team." -- Charlotte's Stephen Jackson.

    TURNING POINTS
    As is becoming their habit in recent games, the Pacers started quickly, hitting their first nine shots and bolting to a 23-9 lead. But the Bobcats responded quickly with a 14-1 run to reel in the Pacers. Indiana kept Charlotte at arm's length through the second quarter and took a 56-46 lead into the break. It was much the same story in the third, with the Pacers leading by as many as 18 (64-46), and it was 85-72 early in the fourth when the Bobcats began their comeback.

    Gerald Wallace heated up down the stretch, scoring 11 points as the Bobcats closed to 98-93 with 1:49 remaining. After T.J. Ford drove for a three-point play, D.J. Augustin drained a corner 3-pointer and it was 101-96. The Pacers appeared to ice it with Brandon Rush's 3-pointer with 55 seconds left but officials reviewed the play and ruled the shot left his hand after the shot-clock expired. Wallace then made two free throws to make it a three-point game.

    Earl Watson missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left, setting up the frantic finish.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Challenging his career high (30) for the second time in three games, Murphy was huge throughout with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, 15 rebounds and three assists. Ford continued his recent surge of solid play with his second double-double of the season (15 points, 13 assists), though he committed six turnovers. Mike Dunleavy scored 15 in 26 minutes, making 5-of-11, adding four assists and three rebounds. Rush scored 11. The Pacers shot .479 overall and hit 12-of-24 from the 3-point line. They had 29 assists in 35 field goals but committed 20 turnovers.

    The Bobcats were led by Wallace's 29 points. He added 12 rebounds and four steals but committed five turnovers. Stephen Jackson scored 22 but shot 7-of-23, committed five turnovers and managed just two points in the fourth quarter. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Bobcats shot .427 and were just 4-of-17 from the 3-point line, though they outscored the Pacers 30-19 from the free-throw line. They had more turnovers (18) than assists (16).