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Bobcats streak ends at 6; Pacers win 99-94

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 26 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat Charlotte 99-94 on Tuesday night, denying the Bobcats what would have been a franchise-record seventh consecutive victory.

Troy Murphy had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy added 15 points for Indiana, which had lost 14 of its previous 17 games.

Charlotte played its fifth game in eight days, and All-Star forward Gerald Wallace missed his second straight with an injured left ankle. Stephen Graham, a former Pacer who replaced Wallace in the lineup, finished with a career-high 19 points and tied a career best with eight rebounds.

Stephen Jackson, a former Pacer still disliked in Indiana for his sometimes surly demeanor and non-basketball related issues during his stay, finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Boris Diaw also scored 20 points, but had a costly turnover in the final minute.

Indiana had a safe lead until the final two minutes. Raymond Felton got a steal, and Tyrus Thomas dunked over Dahntay Jones to cut Indiana's lead to 97-91.

After Indiana failed to score on its next possession, Graham scored on the other end and was fouled. He converted the three-point play with 56 seconds to play.

Indiana came up empty again, and Charlotte had a chance to tie. Diaw threw the ball right to Indiana's Murphy with 20 seconds to play. A.J. Price made two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to seal the win.

Charlotte led 29-24 early in the second quarter, and 29-28 before the Pacers sent Granger to the bench. By the time their leading scorer returned, his team had gone on a 10-3 run and led 38-32.

The Pacers continued their hot shooting and led 52-43 at halftime.

Charlotte, which started well, shot 39 percent and had seven turnovers in an awful second quarter. Jackson was 1 for 7 from the field in the period.

The Pacers expanded their lead to 70-55 on a basket by Murphy that counted because Theo Ratliff was called for goaltending. Indiana led 78-67 at the end of the third quarter.

The Pacers remained safely ahead for most of the fourth. Granger made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give Indiana a 97-85 lead with just over 3 minutes remaining.

NOTES: Charlotte made seven of its first 10 shots and 56 percent overall in the first quarter to lead 24-20. ... One of Indiana C Roy Hibbert's contact lenses was knocked out while he was scoring on a putback in the second quarter. He made the free throw to give Indiana a 44-37 lead. ... Jackson was called for a technical with 25 seconds left in the first half. ... Pacers G T.J. Ford missed the game with a strained left groin. ... The Bobcats signed Graham in September. He played sparingly the previous two seasons for the Pacers, starting six of 74 games.

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