Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/15/13
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Roy Hibbert scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack, and the Indiana Pacers crushed the Charlotte Bobcats 103-76 Tuesday night for their second victory over the Bobcats in the last four nights. The Pacers led by as many as 17 in the first half and went on to lead by as many as 30 in the second half in a workmanlike performance. They limited the Bobcats to 34.7 percent shooting from the field and held a whopping 60-31 rebound advantage. The win moved the Central Division leaders to 24-15 and was the fifth victory in their last six games. They beat Charlotte 96-88 in Indianapolis on Saturday night. Paul George added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, George Hill also scored 16, and David West had 15 points and eight rebounds. Charlotte suffered its fifth consecutive loss and lost for the 13th straight time at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats are now 9-29. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 15 points, and Ramon Sessions and Kemba Walker scored 13 each. The Pacers jumped out to leads of 13-3 and 25-11 before settling for a 27-20 lead after one quarter. The lead grew to 48-31 in the second quarter before the Bobcats finished strong, cutting the margin to 50-40 at halftime. Indiana then seized control again to open the second half and outscored Charlotte 33-17 in the third quarter to lead 83-57 after three quarters. NOTES: The teams split two previous games this season, with the Bobcats winning 90-89 in Charlotte on Nov. 2, and the Pacers winning 96-88 in Indianapolis last Saturday. West had the first triple-double of his career with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in that game. ... George missed last Saturday's game with the flu. ... The Pacers had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 96-87 loss at Brooklyn on Sunday, which started this current three-game road trip. ... The Pacers remain without Danny Granger, who hasn't played all season because of left patellar tendinosis, but he is now 10 weeks into a projected 12-week recovery time. ... North Carolina coach Roy Williams was on hand to watch Tyler Hansbrough. ... Hansbrough was one of several members of the Pacers' traveling party that toured the Hendrick Motorsports shops during the off-day Monday. ... The Pacers will close out this road trip with a game at Orlando on Wednesday. ... The Pacers have held opponents to .413 shooting and 89.3 points this season, leading the NBA in both categories. ... The Bobcats were playing their fourth game in five nights and were coming off a 100-89 loss at Boston on Monday. ... The Bobcats' last win at Time Warner Cable Arena came Nov. 21 over Toronto. ... Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap has now used nine different starting lineups, and five of those combinations have failed to produce a single victory. ... The Bobcats will next hit the road for a game at Orlando on Friday. ... The Bobcats remain without Byron Mullens, who missed his 11th straight game with a sprained left ankle.
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