Pacers dominate Bobcats inside, win 103-76
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roy Hibbert won a basketball game Tuesday night but lost $500.
In the waning minutes of a blowout victory, Hibbert told the final five Indiana Pacers left on the floor he'd pay them $100 each if they kept the Charlotte Bobcats from scoring 80 points.
Pay up, Roy.
"Yeah, I'm a man of my word," Hibbert said. "A Hibbert always pays his debts. ... I guess I have to go find an ATM."
He'll gladly do so.
Hibbert had 18 points and seven rebounds, and the Pacers handed the struggling Bobcats their 13th straight defeat at home, 103-76. With team owner Michael Jordan looking on from the bench, the Bobcats lost their fifth in a row and have dropped 24 of 26 since Thanksgiving.
The Pacers bounced back from Sunday's 11-point defeat in Brooklyn and won for the fifth time in six games.
Indiana won this one going away behind some dominant inside play. The Pacers outrebounded the Bobcats 60-31 and outscored them 52-22 in the paint, once again exposing Charlotte's problems down low. The 29-point rebound differential was the largest in Bobcats history.
All five Pacers starters had at least seven rebounds.
Paul George had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while David West added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers. George Hill chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.
"Even the guards get in there and mix it up for us," Hibbert said. "They do a good job of getting in there and hitting the boards. More possessions for ourselves is good."
It was the eighth time the Pacers have held an opponent to fewer than 80 points.
"Our defense is a beast," coach Frank Vogel said. "We're leading in a number of different defensive categories. We have great length and these guys are committed to trying to be the best defense in the NBA."
Vogel called the offense a work in progress.
"It can get clicking and we can get really hot at times and when it does, like tonight, look at what happened," he said. "We are trying to commit to the running game more. We got 19 fast-break points in the first half. Big difference in the game. We're playing good basketball."
The Central Division-leading Pacers (24-15) have not lost consecutive games since early December.
The Pacers led by 10 at halftime and broke it open in the third quarter as George scored eight quick points to set the tone.
By the time the fourth quarter arrived, the Pacers had extended their lead to 26 and the Bobcats appeared completely demoralized knowing they simply had no answers for Indiana's frontcourt.
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