NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Charlotte
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: Charlotte 103, Indiana 94
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and doled out seven assists to lead the Charlotte Bobcats in a 103-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Emeka Okafor chipped in 12 points and 12 boards for the Bobcats, who have won three of their last four games. Raymond Felton and Vladimir Radmanovic scored 16 and 15, respectively, in the win.
Troy Murphy had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Pacers, who have alternated wins and losses the last seven games. Jarrett Jack totaled 18 points, eight boards and five helpers.
Marquis Daniels had 14 points and Danny Granger scored 12, but sprained his right foot early in the second quarter for Indiana, which has dropped 10 straight on the road.
"That shot I took right before I left the game, it felt like something popped in my foot," said Granger. "Then I thought I pulled it and I ran down the other end and that's when I said there's something wrong."
Raymond Felton hit a buzzer-beater from beyond half court to give the Bobcats a 32-25 lead after the first quarter, but the Pacers cut it to 53-50 at the intermission.
Daniels' reverse layup trimmed the margin to 59-58 with 8:20 left in the third quarter.
Moments later, Boris Diaw dropped in a layup, Felton nailed a jumper and Wallace offered three points to make it an eight-point game.
Brandon Rush interjected with a three for Indiana, but Charlotte rolled off nine straight points. Felton had five and Okafor closed it out with a pair from the charity stripe for a 77-63 home-team lead with 1:53 left in the third.
The home team was sitting on a 79-69 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
Rasho Nesterovic's jumper cut it to 81-75 early in the fourth, but the Bobcats inflated their lead and it hovered around 10 the rest of the way.
"Now we're starting to settle in," said Wallace. "I feel like we're one of the top six or seven teams in the conference if we can get on the same page."
The Pacers shot 41.8 percent from the field and the Bobcats hit 41 percent of their shots...The teams went a combined 13-of-43 from behind the arc...Indiana is just 6-23 as the visitor this season. Its last win as the guest was a 113-110 triumph over Phoenix on January 7...The Bobcats began a brief two-game homestand and will also take on the Magic. They are 16-14 as the host in 2008-09...Charlotte took a 2-1 lead in the season series, but the Pacers have won nine of the 17 all-time meetings...The Bobcats have won five of seven as the host in this series.
02/18 23:54:12 ET