Johnson paces Indiana past Bobcats
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Anthony Johnson scored 27 points, 16 in
the second half, and pulled down 10 rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers defeated
the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-92, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Stephen Jackson added 17 points and eight rebounds as the Pacers won for the
second time in their last three games. Fred Jones and Sarunas Jasikevicius
each donated 14 points as Indiana was again without forward Jermaine O’Neal,
who missed his second straight game due to a sprained ankle.
Brevin Knight netted 15 points with 15 assists for the Bobcats, who lost for
the fifth time in a row. Primoz Brezec and Raymond Felton each also finished
with 15 points in the loss.
Charlotte held a 52-48 edge after two quarters, but was outscored 25-13 in the
third as the Pacers assumed control.
In the third, two Knight free throws with 8:37 left put the Bobcats ahead by
five at 60-55, but the Pacers used a 14-2 run that stretched through most of
the second half of the third to take a 69-62 lead with 1:51 remaining.
Two free throws by David Harrison and a three-pointer by Austin Croshere
sparked the spurt. Croshere and Jackson each netted four points during the run
as the Pacers led 73-65 after three.
Felton netted five straight points to spark a 13-2 Bobcat run that cut
Charlotte’s deficit to 80-78 with 5:47 remaining in the fourth. However, a
Jackson conversion from behind the arc and a dunk by Johnson later put the
Pacers ahead 90-83 with 3:06 left.
The Bobcats would get no closer then five the rest of the way as Indiana
clinched the home victory.
Charlotte used a late 9-0 run to hold a 29-21 edge after the first quarter and
Keith Bogans’ layup extended the Bobcats to a 39-28 lead early in the second.
Indiana later began to chip away at the Charlotte lead. After a Bogans free
throw made it a 44-37 game with 4:50 left in the second, the Pacers netted
seven of the next nine points to pull within 46-44 with 3:34 remaining and
only trailed 52-48 at the half.
Croshere finished with 12 points, while Harrison donated 10…Gerald Wallace
had 14 points with nine rebounds for Charlotte. Bogans ended with nine
points…The Pacers shot a blistering 50 percent from the floor to Charlotte’s
48.1 percent…Indiana held a large rebounding edge at 43-29…The Bobcats
have lost nine of their last 10 games and fell to 4-17 on the road…The
Pacers have won five of the last six matchups against Charlotte.