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.