Pacers Links: Pacers cruise through Charlotte on way to Orlando

Streeter Lecka

The Pacers put it all together on Tuesday to make things easy in the first games of a back-to-back.

The Indiana Pacers scored over 100 points while beating down the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

So what, you say?

Well, consider that the Pacers haven't scored 100 points in a win since they beat the Utah Jazz 104-84 on Dec. 19th. Since that time the Pacers scored 100 points one other time in a 109-100 loss to Atlanta. Fortunately, thanks to the Pacers league-leading defense, Atlanta is the only team to score 100 points on the P's since Oklahoma City on Dec. 9th.

Indiana is taking great pride in leaning on their defense to stymie other clubs. In fact, after the starting unit put the Bobcats away in the third quarter on Tuesday, they implored the reserves to keep it up in the fourth quarter and hold Charlotte under 80 points. Roy Hibbert offered $100 each to the five guys finishing the game if they held down Charlotte, so he after the game he was happy to hit an ATM to pay off his incentive.

The Pacers regular playing rotation also appeared as healthy as they have been in a few weeks. Combine that with the light workload on Tuesday and the Pacers should be in good shape for the back half of their back-to-back with the Orlando Magic tonight.

Among the links today is a great piece by Zach Lowe breaking down how impressive the Pacers defense has been this year and how they are doing it on a consistent basis. He also cautions that the Pacers still won't go far in the playoffs unless they improve the offense. Fantastic read.

Check out the links:

Can the Indiana Pacers contend for the NBA title this season? - Grantland

Pacers at Bobcats - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: Pacers 103, Bobcats 76 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers' Roy Hibbert pays his debts after defensive win over Bobcats | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Indiana 103, Charlotte 76: Pacers dominate Bobcats on boards | CharlotteObserver.com

Hibbert, George spark blowout of Bobcats | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Pacers dominate Bobcats inside, win 103-76 - AP

Inside the NBA: Can Bobcats rebound from the night they didn't really rebound?

Game Recap: Pacers Crush Bobcats 103-76 - Rufus on Fire

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Embarrass Bobcats - 8 Points, 9 Seconds

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