Indiana Pacers top Charlotte Bobcats 104-101, Granger Leads with 33

By brianneese

The Indiana Pacers grab their first win of the regular season, topping the Charlotte Hornets with a score of 104-101.

The tightly-contested game was led by Danny Granger for the Pacers who led all scorers with 33 points (with two blocks).  The 31-21 fourth quarter favored the Pacers, where they launched the come back.

However, late in the fourth quarter Granger fouled out of the game and needed a key basket.  That unlikely basket came from Tyler Hansbrough who hit the clutch mid-range jump shot for a crucial basket.  He finished with 12 points.

D.J. Augustin missed tying the game with a 3-point shot, where Stephen Jackson followed suit as the buzzer sounded from what could have easily been a game heading to overtime.  Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 29 points and six rebounds.

A huge problem from the Pacers first game was turnovers – luckily that was not the case as they had only nine the entire game.  It actually became a problem for the Bobcats as they ended up with 17 on the night.

Overcoming the 45-34 stat line as the Pacers were outrebounded by the Bobcats, the Pacers led in assists (25-17), steals (5-3), and blocks (11-7).

Roy Hibbert finished with an interesting stat line: 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and four blocks.  In another interesting dynamic, Darren Collison and T.J. Ford both played 24 minutes, with Ford playing down the stretch; perhaps it had a lot do with Collison’s two for 10 shooting night.

The Indiana Pacers play their first game at home tomorrow night as they host the Philadelphia 76ers.

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