After getting down 21-1, can we call Charlotte the Bobcats? Granted they did make a run in this game, but only got as close as nine points, and this game wasn’t in doubt after the Pacers got up by twenty.
This was the most complete game that the Pacers could have played. They were out and playing defense, which lead to fast break opportunities, and they made their shots. Roy Hibbert had about two or three blocks just in that first quarter. The only question was would the Bobcats score over ten points in that quarter.
They would go on to score twelve, but the Pacers doubled that score and put up twenty four points of their own points. Getting up that much, you had to believe the Pacers needed to step on the pedal and push this lead to more.
Push on the pedal the Pacers did as they raced out to a 53-33 advantage at halftime, and that lead would even grow to as much as forty points at one point. Yet another question pops up, how much can the Pacers win this game by?
Well after the final tally, this Pacers team put up 108 points, while the Bobcats could only muster 73 points, a total which the Pacers surpassed in that third quarter. That same third quarter, Charlotte would only put up fifteen points. There’s definitely a reason the Bobcats have only won four games total this year, and were just coming off ending a sixteen game losing streak.
The Pacers got this team at the right moment, and made sure this game was never in doubt. Now they get a day off, face the New Orleans Hornets tomorrow, and face this same Bobcats team on Wednesday. How much will they beat the Bobcats that night?
Some stats for all you stat loving people concerning this game. The Pacers shot a blistering 50%. They made six three pointers in this game. Roy Hibbert showed off his All Star ability as he put up 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. The Pacers defense really stepped up as they had 9 blocks and 11 steals. The largest lead was 44 points by the Pacers, and the Bobcats never had the lead once.
If this doesn’t get the Pacers going in the right direction, who knows what will? But this what should be expected as the Bobcats are a bad team. The Pacers need to win these next two games, and have some momentum going into the All Star Break. Blue and Gold Menace comin’ at you!