Rewind: Pacers vs. Bobcats 120219
Sunday, Feb. 19 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: Pacers 108, Bobcats 73
By Conrad Brunner
The latest term Frank Vogel has been using with the Pacers is "recoil," which is another way of saying to show resilience while emerging from the nadir of a five-game losing streak.
They uncoiled all over the Bobcats Sunday, rolling to their biggest blowout of the year, 108-73, over visiting Charlotte before 11,673 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers bed by 20 at halftime and doubled that in the third quarter and led by as many as 44 thanks largely to a dominating defensive performance.
It was the Pacers' widest victory margin against Charlotte, and widest overall since a 51-point blowout of the Bulls on March 28, 2003 (140-89).
The Pacers (19-12) won their eighth in a row against the Bobcats (4-27) and second straight overall.
BY THE NUMBERS
Roy Hibbert and David West overpowered the Bobcats up front. Hibbert had his 13th double-double with 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting and 14 rebounds. West made 7 of 10 shots and scored 14 with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Danny Granger scored 14 with four rebounds and Darren Collison had 11 with six assists. Tyler Hansbrough scored 13 off the bench with Dahntay Jones adding 12. The Pacers shot 50 percent and outrebounded the Bobcats 55-31.
Derek Brown led Charlotte with 16 points, Kemba Walker scored 15, while D.J. White and Corey Maggette had 10 apiece. The Bobcats shot .373 and committed 19 turnovers.
"We had our best practice of the year yesterday, refocusing on our defense and it showed up tonight. Our passing was great on the offensive end. David West and Roy Hibbert were really sharp at both ends. I wish we could win them all like that." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"We came out ready to play and stuck with our game plan the whole game, for 48 minutes. We knew that they were capable, so when we jumped on them we wanted to stay on them. We didn’t want to embarrass anybody but we wanted to capitalize on the good practices and hard work on both sides of the ball for tonight and the next day. We had a good day of practice and it was nice having the day off." - West
"We came to play. We knew what we had to do. By getting a day off, it helped us get our legs back. You have to have your legs before you can do anything. We were good on the defensive side of the ball which resulted in good offense." - Hansbrough
STAT OF THE GAME
Charlotte's starting lineup totaled just 25 points on 10 of 38 shooting (.263).
Picking up where they left off the last time the teams met, when they dominated the second half en route to a blowout victory, the Pacers took control of the game right away with a 21-2 run out of the gate. Charlotte missed 13 in a row and 16 of its first 17 shots before finally piecing together a 15-3 run to cut the Indiana lead to 24-17 early in the second quarter.
The Pacers rebuilt a comfortable margin with a 12-0 run late in the half as West heated up, scoring 10 of his 12 first-half points in the second period. The Pacers led 53-33 at the break, holding the Bobcats to 13 of 42 shooting (.310).
Just to make sure there would be no thoughts of a rally, the Pacers put this one way out of reach with a suffocating third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats 35-15 to push the lead to 88-48 heading into the fourth quarter.
In a four-quarter stretch spanning the second half of their last meeting with the Bobcats and the first half of tonight's game, the Pacers outscored Charlotte 109-61 and allowed 23-of-88 shooting (.261). … Ending a run of six straight games in which the opposition scored 97-plus points, the Pacers have held their last two opponents to a total of 161 points and improved to 10-1 in games in which they have held their opponent to less than 90. … Charlotte's 73 points are the fewest allowed by Indiana this season. … The Pacers had 22 assists and are 10-1 when they have at least 20. … Indiana's bench rang up 44 points tonight, matching its highest output of the season. … George Hill missed his 11th consecutive game with a chip fracture in his left ankle but Coach Frank Vogel said before the game he was progressing and could play as soon as Tuesday against New Orleans or Wednesday in Charlotte. … The Bobcats were without leading scorer Gerald Henderson (hamstring) for the eighth game in a row.
The three-game homestand concludes Tuesday against New Orleans, which carries the worst record in the Western Conference at 7-23. The former team of Pacers starters Darren Collison and David West, the Hornets have been without injured leading scorer Eric Gordon for all but two games this season. Former Pacer Jarrett Jack starts at point guard, with former Purdue standout Carl Landry providing scoring inside.