Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson poured in 34 points and six
Bobcats reached double figures in Charlotte's stunning 109-87 rout of the
Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
Kemba Walker donated 19 points and nine assists, while Chris Douglas-Roberts
and Josh McRoberts added 12 apiece to help Charlotte snap a three-game losing
One game after LeBron James hung a Miami franchise record 61 points on
Charlotte and its primary wing defender Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the defense
responded in a big way.
"Gilchrist, to me, set the tone both halves," praised Bobcats head coach Steve
Clifford. "Set the tone with his defense, his energy running the floor, and
The Pacers shot just 40.8 percent in losing their second straight game for
just the second time this season. Evan Turner led the way with 22 points off
the bench, while leading scorer Paul George netted a season-low two points
on 0-for-9 from the field.
"Tough loss for our guys," said Indiana head coach Frank Vogel. "Everybody
needs to question the Eastern Conference coaches voting why Al Jefferson
wasn't on the All-Star team. Clearly he's one of the best in the game and he
showed that tonight."
Douglas-Roberts, starting in place of an injured Gerald Henderson, set
the tone for Charlotte on its first possession with a corner 3-ball. McRoberts
capped a 9-2 start with a dunk at 8:20, prompting an early Indiana timeout.
The Pacers scored on consecutive possessions out of the huddle but went cold
after that, missing four shots with four turnovers on their next eight trips
down the floor. By the time David West finally got a jumper to go at 2:31, the
Bobcats had built a 23-6 advantage.
Jefferson made all six of his shots for 12 points, while the Pacers hit just
4-of-20 in the period. Charlotte owned a 28-8 edge after the first.
Indiana found its groove early in the second, with George Hill, Lance
Stephenson and Turner leading the charge. The trio combined for an 11-1 run to
open the frame, with Hill's floater trimming the deficit to single digits at
Roy Hibbert's late jumper had Indiana within 41-38, but the Bobcats netted the
final six points of the half to keep momentum heading into the locker room.
The third period, like the first, belonged to the home team. Walker's 3-
pointer near the midway point made it 60-42, and his dish to Anthony Tolliver
for a catch-and-shoot triple from the right wing with a minute left extended
the margin to 71-52.
The Pacers never threatened in the final frame.
George's previous season-low was eight points on 2-of-14 shooting in a win
over Washington on Jan. 10 ... Hill scored 17 points for the Pacers ...
Indiana fell to 12-2 following a loss this season ... Henderson missed the
contest with a right calf strain ... Charlotte outscored Indiana 44-24 in the
paint and 23-7 in transition.
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