There was plenty to like about the way the Indiana Pacers played in their big win against the Charlotte Bobcats. They used defense to stop Charlotte cold, out hustled them on every rebound and loose ball, and got solid all around effort from the starters. The bench even made an appearance in the fourth quarter garbage time to extend the lead. The Pacers jumped out to a double digit lead early in the first quarter, and aside from an ice cold shooting stretch early in the second and a Charlotte run late in the half, it was Indiana's night through and through.
In the win, the Pacers racked up a lot of impressive numbers, perhaps none more than the rebounding dominance the Pacers showcased. They outrebounded Charlotte by 29, nearly doubling them up 60-31. The Pacers not only limited second chance opportunities for Charlotte by holding them to just four offensive boards, but ruled the glass on the other end, pulling down 18 of their own misses. To add insult to injury, all five starters had at least seven boards. Not a single Bobcat reached seven.
Defense, hustle leads Pacers in rout over Bobcats
Indy Cornrows | Jan 16