Charlotte Bobcats stay close, can’t overtake the Indiana Pacers: Game 36 Recap

Jan 12, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Jeff Adrien (4) and Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) make contact battling for a loose ball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats stuck with the Indiana Pacers all game long, but they couldn’t overcome 11 made three pointers and a David West triple-double. Charlotte fell 96-88.

Let’s get this out of the way first. Charlotte’s defense led to that triple-double.

Despite the fact that West hasn’t really been an offensive threat lately (nine points per game in January), the Bobcats double-teamed him all night long.

West promptly fired off 10 assists, a solid majority of which led to wide open three pointers for Indiana. He also finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Kemba Walker had another solid game. He scored 16 points on five-of-nine shooting to go along with five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and, ahem, three blocks.

Ramon Sessions, on the other hand, did not have a good game. He shot two-of-11 and scored seven points.

Ben Gordon scored an efficient 21, Hakim Warrick dropped 13 and Gerald Henderson scored 12 to round out the Bobcats players who scored in double figures against the Pacers.

As a team the Bobcats shot 46 percent and allowed the Pacers to shoot just 42 percent. Charlotte was out-rebounded by 10, though, and out-shot from the three-point line by eight.

D.J. Augustin, who missed a game winning shot in the Pacers loss to Charlotte to start the season scored 18 points and had four assists in 28 minutes.

The loss is the Bobcats’ third in a row, and fourth in six games.

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