Player of the Game
Scored 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers that gave the Pacers a 12-point cushion in the fourth quarter before leaving the game after taking a blow to the cheek in the final minute.
Bobcats 40, Pacers 32
Pacers 13, Bobcats 13
Bobcats 21, Pacers 14
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 22, Bobcats 9
Bobcats 72, Pacers 61
Pacers 38, Bobcats 22
Stat of the Night
END RESULTA much-needed 99-94 victory over a quality opponent produced an uneasy feeling for the Pacers as leading scorer Danny Granger was knocked from the game in the final minute and did not accompany the team to Cleveland for Wednesday night's game.
Granger scored a game-high 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers that gave the Pacers a 12-point cushion heading into the final three minutes. But Charlotte scored nine in a row, a run that concluded after Granger took a blow to the cheekbone battling for an offensive rebound with just under a minute left, wobbled toward the bench and dropped to the floor before being escorted to the locker room for evaluation by the team's medical staff.
Stephen Graham's three-point play made it 97-94 with 56.3 seconds left and the Bobcats got the ball back with a chance to tie. But Troy Murphy stepped in front of Tyrus Thomas in the lane to steal a pass and A.J. Price sealed the verdict with a pair of free throws that closed out the scoring.
IMPACTThe Pacers won their third in a row at home to improve to 22-45 overall, 15-16 at Conseco Fieldhouse. They snapped Charlotte's win streak at six games, one short of the longest in franchise history, while preventing the Bobcats (34-32) from matching last season's win total of 35 games. Charlotte dropped to 10-24 on the road.
KEY MOMENTSWith a big lift from the bench, the Pacers took control in the second quarter, scoring 14 in a row to take a 38-29 lead. After the Bobcats closed to 41-37, the Pacers scored nine unanswered points and took a 52-43 lead into the break.
Dunleavy hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 14-4 third-quarter run that gave the Pacers their biggest lead of the game, 70-55, and they led by the same margin, 89-74, with 6:32 remaining. But Jackson scored seven in a row as the Bobcats cut the deficit to 91-83 before Granger's two 3-pointers appeared to seal it, putting the Pacers ahead 97-85 with 3:11 remaining.
Granger was injured after missing on a hard drive to the basket. Dahntay Jones elevated over Granger in an attempt to dunk the putback but missed and as the players from both teams contested the rebound, Granger emerged from the scrum in obvious discomfort.
BY THE NUMBERSGranger shot 9-of-25 from the floor, including 3-of-9 from the 3-point line, adding eight rebounds and two assists but committing five turnovers. Murphy had a solid all-around game with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 13 rebounds for his 29th double-double, five assists and two steals. Dunleavy had 15 points, making 3-of-6 from the 3-point line, and Price scored 11 with three rebounds and three assists off the bench. The Pacers shot just 41 percent but pulled 15 offensive rebounds and forced 19 turnovers to wind up attempting 12 more shots than the Bobcats.
Jackson was 8-of-22 for his 20 points, adding nine rebounds, six assists, three steals, two blocks and six turnovers for the Bobcats. Boris Diaw scored 20 with five rebounds and four assists and Graham had 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, adding eight rebounds.