Indiana Pacers (24-15) 103
Charlotte Bobcats (9-29) 76
Within the first 5 minutes, you knew this one wasn’t going to be close. The Pacers pounced early and the Bobcats couldn’t put together any sort of comeback as Indiana easily handled Charlotte 103-76. With a day off on Monday, and easy breezy beautiful game on Tuesday, I bet the Pacers had themselves a nice little vacation in North Carolina.
The second night of that vacation featured a basketball game in which the Pacers jumped out to a ten point lead four minutes into the game. Roy Hibbert got off to a great start, which proved to be a sign of things to come. The big men of Indiana thoroughly had their way with Bobkitties’ front court. The Pacers nearly doubled the Bobcats’ rebounding total 60-31. The Pacers are one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA and the Bobcats are not, but wow.
Roy Hibbert, Ian Mahinmi, Tyler Hansbrough, and David West dominated in every way you’d want your front court to dominate. Combined they went 20-21 from the free throw line. The quartet accounted for 8 of the Pacers’ 9 blocked shots. Roy Hibbert and David West each post a +/- above +30, which is spectacular.
On the perimeter, the Pacers didn’t miss a beat. Paul George and George Hill were relentless, and Lance Stephenson filled up a stat sheet. He only pitched in 7 points, but he added 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Sporting a 26 point lead going into the 4th quarter, the Indiana starters didn’t rack up too many minutes, which should play dividends during this string of travel days.
As a whole, the Pacers didn’t play extraordinarily on offense. They only shot 41% from the field. Eighteen offensive rebounds are the reason the Pacers managed to eclipse the 100 point mark. Once again the Pacers defense was amazing. Having completely won the interior battle, the Pacers forced the Bobcats to shoot from the outside. Forced to rely on more than jump shots, and the absence of their best scorer, the Bobcats shot only 34% from the field.
Overall, the Pacers simply manhandled the Bobcats. Charlotte has every right to be downtrodden. They’re pretty gosh darn awful. The Pacers went into Charlotte, and beat the Charlotte Professional Basketball Team the way they should. The biggest thing to take away from this game is that the Pacers may have reached a stage in their development in which they beat bad teams badly. We should rejoice.