Charlotte, NC, United States (AHN Sports) – Danny Granger and Tyler Hansbrough combined for 57 points and the Indiana Pacers cruised to a 111-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Pacers stepped up to the challenge by interim coach Frank Vogel, who considered it an elimination match for his team.
Led by Granger’s torrid shooting, the Pacers turned a 12-point second-quarter deficit into a blowout victory.
Granger paced his team with a game-high 33 points and 5 boards, while Hansbrough continued to rack up impressive stats with 24 points and 5 boards.
The Pacers also received solid contributions from center Roy Hibbert, who finished with 13 points, 14 boards and 2 blocks.
The Pacers had a scary moment when point guard Darren Collision hurt his right knee in the second period.
The instant replay showed Collision bumped knees with Bobcats guard D.J Augustin as he drove to the basket.
However, Collision returned in the second half and finished the game with 7 points and 4 boards in 29 minutes of play.
Augustin led the Bobcats with 17 markers and 4 dimes.
The Michael Jordan-owned franchise has been struggling since trading away all-star forward Gerald Wallace to Portland in February.
The Pacers shot .542 from the field and tallied 37 boards and 24 assists with just 11 turnovers, while the Bobcats shot just .444 from the field and recorded 28 rebounds and 21 dimes with 12 turnovers.
Indiana, which nabbed its third victory in four games, is now three games ahead of Charlotte and Milwaukee in the eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.