NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Charlotte
(Saturday, March 21st)
Final Score: Indiana 108, Charlotte 83
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Jarrett Jack scored 31 points, and the Indiana Pacers cooled off the Bobcats in a big way, crushing Charlotte, 108-83.
Jack went 13-of-14 from the field and added six rebounds for Indiana, which had lost five straight. Danny Granger added 21 points, while Troy Murphy provided 14 in the victory.
"We needed a little bit of a change, and we made a change in the lineup," Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien said. "(Jack) gave us a tremendous spark, starting at the point guard spot. We maintained the aggressiveness of our team the entire time, both offensively and defensively, with positive talk and good court leadership. He not only scored well, but he led well."
Brandon Rush contributed 15 for Indiana, which dominated the third quarter by outscoring the Bobcats, 33-9.
With the win, coupled with a Bulls loss, Indiana is now just 3 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot with 13 games remaining. Charlotte remained one game back of Chicago after the setback.
Boris Diaw led the Bobcats with 15 points, although only four came after the first quarter. Veteran Juwan Howard was the only other Charlotte player in double figures with 10, as the Bobcats had their three-game win streak snapped.
"You're gonna get about three games during the year that nobody can beat you, and then you're gonna have three games where you can't beat anybody," Bobcats head coach Larry Brown said. "I don't know, the way we started -- 1-for-5 from the free throw line and Emeka (Okafor) missing two or three dunks -- that was an omen right there."
Diaw had 11 points in the first quarter, and Charlotte held a slim 25-23 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
Indiana outscored the Bobcats, 19-9, down the stretch in the second to take a 53-45 halftime lead.
The Pacers took control of the game in the third. Granger, Murphy and Rush each made a basket to start the period and give Indiana a 14-point lead, and Granger's three-point play with 7:37 left made it 64-47.
Indiana didn't stop scoring, finishing the period on a 14-2 run. Murphy's two free throws closed out the burst, as the Pacers went into the fourth ahead, 86-54.
The fourth quarter was just a formality, as Indiana had total control of the game and cruised to the easy win.
The season series is tied, 2-2...The Pacers are now 10-28 on the road, while Charlotte is 20-17 at home.
03/22 01:14:39 ET