NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Charlotte|
(Wednesday, November 27th)
Final Score: Indiana 99, Charlotte 74
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Watson scored 15 of his team-high 18
points in the fourth quarter, including 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc in
the final frame to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 99-74 rout of the Charlotte
Paul George and Lance Stephenson each had 15 points, while Roy Hibbert scored
14 points with 10 rebounds for Indiana, which won its fourth consecutive game
over Charlotte. Stephenson also had 10 boards for the Pacers, who have won
five in a row overall and 13 of the last 14 against the Bobcats.
Al Jefferson scored 16 points with nine rebounds, Kemba Walker netted 15, and
Gerald Henderson added 10 points in the loss. Charlotte has now lost three
straight at home and six of its last seven at Time Warner Cable Arena.
"I'm very proud of the effort," said Indiana head coach Frank Vogel.
"C.J. Watson was the star of the game tonight. His performance off the bench
hitting six 3s really broke open the game."
The game was relatively close throughout the first three quarters until the
Pacers erupted in the final stanza, outscoring the hosts 39-22 over the final
Bismack Biyombo made a layup to close the Bobcats within 60-54 to start the
fourth quarter, but Indiana then went on a 9-1 run, capped by back-to-back
threes from Watson to give the Pacers a 69-55 lead.
Charlotte cut the lead to single-digits after a Walker 3-pointer, and once
again, the Pacers answered with a 10-2 run thanks to another pair of 3-
pointers from Watson. The Pacers led 79-62 with 6:45 to go and built their
lead to as many as 27 in the closing minutes.
Walker tied the game, 7-7, with a trey early in the first quarter and like
most of the night, Indiana answered with a run. The Pacers went on a 12-2
spurt to take a 19-9 lead with 2:36 left in the first.
Hibbert sank a tip shot to begin the rally and then made a 3-point play
the following possession. The big-man had 7-of-12 points during the run.
Indiana limited Charlotte to 4-of-22 (18 percent) shooting from the field in
the first to lead 22-11 after one.
Charlotte tightened things up in the second quarter and closed to within five
at halftime, trailing 43-38.
"They're so good and so big, we didn't get any easy ones tonight," said
Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford.
A Jefferson jumper at 5:58 of the third had the Bobcats within 51-46, but
Indiana went on an 8-0 run with six of eight points coming at the line.
This was the first of three meetings between the two this season ... Charlotte
was limited to 31.3 percent shooting (26-for-83) ... Indiana outrebounded
Charlotte 57-43 ... Indiana heads home to host Washington on Friday ...
Charlotte wraps up a three-game homestand on Friday against Milwaukee.
11/27 23:17:20 ET