The Indiana Pacers fell on the road to the new-look Charlotte Bobcats in a frustrating replay of the Pacers' opener in Toronto. The Bobcats jumped out to a 13-4 lead before the Pacers stormed back on a 12-0 run fueled by Tyler Hansbrough that gave the blue and gold a halftime lead. Charlotte once again stormed out in the third quarter, jumping out to a lead before Indiana fought back behind Lance Stephenson's play.
But throughout the fourth quarter, timely shots by Charlotte fell to keep Indiana at bay, as the Pacers came up empty time and time again, fueled by bad shots, bad decisions, bad turnovers. The Pacers were led in scoring by Hansbrough and Stephenson with 15, a nice sign for both players and their chances at developing into consistent options, but a fairly bad sign when you consider what the Pacers needed in Danny Granger's absence.
The Pacers had 19 turnovers and missed 11 free throws. In a one point game, it's aching to know Indiana's inability to get over that one point hump was caused by any of those missed opportunities at the line. The Bobcats were led by Kemba Walker, who had a career high 30 points, and Gerald Henderson, who followed up with 18.
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