Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 PM EST at the Time Warner Cable Arena
Game Rewind: IND 103, CHA 76
by Scott Agness
The Charlotte Bobcats scored the first basket of the game and led for 18 seconds, but then it was all Indiana after that. They built on their lead each quarter, resulting in their largest victory of the season, 103-76.
Playing the Bobcats (9-29) for the second time in four days, the game plan was understood and they just had to execute. They did so immediately, attacking the Bobcats' weak inside game and controlling the boards. In the first, the Pacers (24-15) led by as many as 14 but the Bobcats closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to make it a seven-point game.
As much as the Pacers ran in the first half, scoring 19 fast break points, they also turned the ball over 11 times. Like in their previous two meetings, the Bobcats hung around in and dug into the Pacers' lead a few times. They got to within five, 33-28, but then the Pacers went on an 11-1 spurt and had a 10-point advantage at halftime.
The second half completely belonged to the Pacers.
Indiana broke the game open in the third, outscoring the Bobcats 10-2 to start the half. Paul George connected on back-to-back threes and then George Hill got around his defender and finished an impressive reverse layup. Roy Hibbert scored 10 of his game-high 18 in the quarter, six coming from the free throw line. Maybe this game, where he had his way inside, will help the Pacers' big man get into a rhythm offensively.
The Pacers' defense didn't allow a field goal in the first 6:08 of the final quarter. It was that kind of night for the blue and gold, whose biggest lead was 30, and they won in convincing fashion. Their 103-76 win ends a three-game road losing-streak and hands the Bobcats their 5th-consecutive loss.
This was a confidence-building win. Sure, it's a win over the Bobcats, but remember, they lost in Charlotte back in early November. It's also a victory on the road, where they are now three games under .500, and it followed a poor fourth quarter finish in Brooklyn on Sunday. The Pacers haven’t had too many blowouts this season so they’re going to enjoy this one, just not for long. They’ll be back at it tomorrow night, in Orlando, against the Magic for the first time this season.
Inside the Numbers
Four of the Pacers’ starters finished in double-figures and every one of them pulled down at least seven rebounds. Roy Hibbert led all scorers with 18 points along with four blocks. George Hill scored 16 points and David West finished with 15 and seven.
With 16 points and 10 rebounds, Paul George has recorded a double-double in four consecutive games.
Lance Stephenson, playing with a sore left toe, scored seven points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists.
Gerald Henderson scored a team-high 15 points for the Bobcats on 3-of-10 shooting. Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions each added 13.
Pulling down 18 offensive rebounds, the Pacers scored 26 second-chance points and outscored the Bobcats 52-22 in the paint.
The Pacers held the Bobcats to 34.7 percent shooting and no more than 20 points in a quarter.
"It was a really good win for our guys. I'm proud of our effort and our discipline. No matter who you are playing or what the circumstances are, to build a 30-point lead on the road, I'm just proud of our effort." – Frank Vogel
"We're really playing good basketball these days. Our defense is a beast. We're leading in a number of defensive categories. We have great length and these guys are committed to being the best defense in the NBA. That's carrying us. Our offense is a work in progress. It can get clicking and we can get really hot at times. When it does, what happened tonight happens." – Frank Vogel on winning five of six
"I told the guys if they get beat off the dribble, don't just grab them and foul them because nine times out of ten I'll be there. Most of the time I'll get a block straight up or I'll get a foul on myself. That comes with being a big man, but I want to be the best defensive big man in the league." – Roy Hibbert on his defense
"We take pride in it and we've got length. Roy (Hibbert) is a really good rebounder and Ian (Mahinmi), two great guys who can rebound. (David) West did a really good job. We're physical and we even have wings like Paul George who can really get rebounds." – Tyler Hansbrough on the Pacers' rebounding
Stat of the Game
The Pacers nearly doubled the Bobcats on the boards, 60-31.
- The Pacers have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including the last two this season.
- Every Indiana player got on the court and only newcomer Dominic McGuire failed to score.
- Paul George was called for his third technical foul this season.
- Pacers assistant Dan Burke sported a new look. He collided with Orlando Johnson in warm-ups and had a purple knot above his left eye.
- In attendance: Tyler Hansbrough’s college coach, Roy Williams of UNC and Bobcats owner Michael Jordan.
The Pacers are in Orlando to face the Magic for the first of three meetings this season at 7 PM EST. It will wrap up three-straight away from home and be their 13th back-to-back series.