BREAKING:

Pacers 99, Bobcats 94

The SportsXchange

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lance Stephenson scored 20 points to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-94 on Friday night.

Stephenson, a guard, made nine of 14 field goals and had 11 rebounds and seven assists. Center Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward David West added 14 points and eight rebounds as the Pacers (20-3) remained undefeated in 11 home games.

Pacers forward Paul George, who entered the game as the league's No. 4 scorer with 24.7 points per game, finished with just 10 on 2-for-12 shooting from the field.

Charlotte center Al Jefferson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats (10-13), while

guards Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions each scored 13.

George tried to give the Pacers control in the final minute, but he missed a 3-pointer, and

Charlotte, trailing 96-94, had a chance to tie or take the lead. Jefferson challenged the 7-foot-2 Hibbert in the paint but threw up a wild shot that West rebounded. Pacers guard George Hill was fouled with 15.1 seconds left, and he made two free throws to give Indiana a 98-94 lead. George made the second of two free throws with 8.1 seconds left to provide the final margin.

Indiana led by a point at halftime, but Charlotte opened the second half with a surge. A pull-

up jumper by Walker gave the Bobcats a 67-61 lead three minutes into the third quarter and forced the Pacers to call timeout.

Indiana bounced back after the short break. A 3-pointer by Hill tied the game at 70, and West scored to give the Pacers the lead again. Indiana extended its lead to 79-72, but the Bobcats scored the last four points of the quarter to cut Indiana's advantage to 79-76 heading into the fourth.

Stephenson scored seven points in the third quarter for Indiana, but Jefferson scored nine for the Bobcats.

NOTES: Charlotte F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (fractured left hand) and C Brendan Haywood

(fractured left foot) did not play. ... Indiana F Danny Granger, who was slated for a possible

return Friday, did not play. He has missed the entire season with a strained left calf. ...

Charlotte F/C Cody Zeller, who starred for Indiana University last season before going in the

first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, returned to the state for the first time as a pro. ... Former

Pacers F Josh McRoberts started for the Bobcats. ... The Pacers won the first meeting between the teams 99-74 in Charlotte. ... Charlotte G Kemba Walker hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the first quarter to cut Indiana's lead to 27-25.
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