NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Indiana
(Sunday, January 25th)
Final Score: Indiana 98, Charlotte 93
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Danny Granger finished with 27 points and six rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers held on for a 98-93 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Mike Dunleavy and T.J. Ford each scored 13 points for the Pacers, who have won two in a row. Troy Murphy added 14 rebounds and 11 points, while Marquis Daniels also scored 11 points in Indiana's win.
Boris Diaw and Raja Bell each had 18 points for the Bobcats, who had a two- game win streak come to an end. Emeka Okafor finished with 14 points and eight boards, while Raymond Felton had 12 assists, nine points and five rebounds in Charlotte's loss.
Granger's jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left gave Indiana a 94-84 lead, but the Bobcats put together a comeback. Okafor's layup, Diaw's three-pointer and Felton's layup brought Charlotte to within 94-91 with just over two minutes remaining.
But Okafor's foul sent Dunleavy to the free throw line, and he made both for a five-point Indiana lead. Bell countered with a basket, making it a 96-93 game, and Murphy missed a shot on the other end.
However, another Okafor foul sent Jeff Foster to the line, and he made 1-of- 2 for a four-point Pacers edge with 45 seconds left. But after Diaw drew a foul, he missed both shots, and Gerald Wallace missed a three-point attempt for Charlotte with just over 10 seconds remaining.
Ford was then fouled and hit 1-of-2 foul shots, as Indiana held on for the win.
The Pacers held a 26-25 lead after the first quarter, and went on a 10-0 run in the second to take control. Granger had seven of the points, including a jumper to end the burst for a 43-34 Pacers lead almost midway through the stanza.
Indiana held the margin, and led 54-44 at halftime, then stretched it by scoring the first four points of the third quarter.
Charlotte stayed in the game, and drew within 68-62 with 4:15 left in the third after Bell hit a three and Felton followed with a jumper. But the Bobcats still trailed going into the fourth, 77-70, and were behind throughout the final quarter.
The Pacers shot 43 percent from the floor, making only 5-of-20 three- pointers...The Bobcats made 43.6 percent of their field goals, including a 7- for-23 effort from behind the arc...Charlotte sank just 18-of-30 free throws, while Indiana made 19-of-23...The Pacers owned a 52-37 edge on rebounds.
01/25 21:59:33 ET