Pacers guard Paul George posted his first career triple double and scored 23 points, as the Indiana Pacers ended a two-game losing streak to pummel the Charlotte Bobcats 101-77 Wednesday night.
George has 12 rebounds and a career high 12 assists, as the Central Division-leading Pacers continued their climb up the Eastern Conference. Tonight’s loss mirrored an a loss from earlier in the season when the Bobcats loss 103-76 to the Pacers.
Tyler Hansbrough added 19 in place of David West and also had 10 rebounds. The Pacers had six players in double figures and held the Bobcats offense 31% from the field and three-point line.
The Bobcats came out in the first quarter guns hot. The team shot a sky-high field goal percentage and had 29 points to the Pacers 30. It was a quick wakeup call for the Pacers, who then shut the Bobcats down for the remaining three quarters. The Bobcats shot 23% for the rest of the game and never scored 20 or more in a quarter again.
Byron Mullens continued his streak of double figure scoring, leading the team with 19 points in 35 minutes. Bismack Biyombo had 16 rebounds and four blocks. Gerald Henderson had 14 points while Ramon Sessions had 13. Kemba Walker continued his slump and had eight points in 30 minutes. The team is going to be looking for a refreshed Walker after the all-star break.
Things looked good early, but ultimately the result was something Bobcats fans have been all too familiar with in the past two seasons. Ususally this calls for a lot of sulking, but this surely won’t be the last time the Bobcats get spanked like this during the season. Instead, fans should look forward to all-star weekend and all the festivities. Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist will both be in the rookie-sophomore game on Friday night, which is always a bunch of fun for showcasing scoring and athletic ability. It’s a good time to just step away from the Bobcats season for a minute and just enjoy basketball.