Charlotte Bobcats Team Report – December 30
=== Charlotte Bobcats Team Report – December 30 ===
(Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats fell to the Indiana Pacers, 74-71, on
Wednesday at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Emeka Okafor posted his 17th straight double-double with 16 points and 15
boards for the Bobcats, who have dropped three straight games. Melvin Ely
added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Indiana led 55-53 after three quarters, but the Bobcats grabbed a one-point
edge at the midpoint of the fourth period. The game continued to be tight and
Jermaine O’Neal’s turnaround jumper gave the Pacers a 69-67 lead with 3:38
Jeff Foster’s layup with 1:22 remaining then made it 74-71, and after a series
of turnovers, Gerald Wallace missed an open three-pointer that would have tied
the game for Charlotte. Jamaal Tinsley missed a runner in the lane as time was
winding down, and the Bobcats had one last chance to even the game. However,
Jason Hart misfired on a three as time ran out and the Pacers held on for the
The rookie Okafor leads the Bobcats in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.8
rpg). He has 19 double-doubles on the season.
Elvin Hayes set the NBA record for consecutive double-doubles by a rookie as
he posted 60 straight in 1968-69.
The Bobcats are off until Friday when they host the Seattle SuperSonics. It
will be the first-ever meeting between the clubs. Charlotte is scheduled to
visit Seattle on February 5, 2005 at KeyArena.