INDIANAPOLIS – Danny Granger scored 18 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-92 on Friday night.
Brandon Rush added 16 points and Mike Dunleavy 15. Roy Hibbert had 13 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three blocks for the Pacers.
Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 26 points. Ex-Pacer Stephen Jackson had 15 points and eight assists, but he shot 7 for 17 from the field and committed seven turnovers. Nazr Mohammed had 13 points and five blocks, and Kwame Brown had a season-high 12 rebounds for Charlotte.
Josh McRoberts scored 11 points and Darren Collison added 10 points and seven assists for the Pacers. Indiana made 13 of 31 3-pointers while Charlotte was 3 of 17 from beyond the arc.
The Pacers, who entered the game leading the NBA in field-goal percentage defense, held the Bobcats to 41 percent shooting overall and 38 percent in the second half.
Indiana fans still haven't forgiven Jackson for his role in the Pacers' rebuilding process, booing him during pregame introductions. Jackson was suspended for going into the stands during the brawl between Pacers players and Detroit Pistons fans in 2004. He was involved in a fight at an Indianapolis strip club late in 2006, and was traded in 2007.
Jackson made his first six shots, all in the first 6 minutes of the game, but went 1 for 11 from the field after that.
Indiana led 57-50 at halftime, but Charlotte made a push early in the third quarter. A tip-in by Wallace cut the lead to 66-64 before Dunleavy got an offensive rebound, then drained a 3-pointer. McRoberts followed with a 3 to give the Pacers a 72-64 lead that prompted the Bobcats to call a timeout.
The Pacers pushed the lead to double digits when Solomon Jones scored on a putback with 38 seconds left in the period. Indiana lead 79-69 at the end of the third quarter.
A steal and dunk by Shaun Livingston cut Indiana's lead to 87-83, but the Pacers responded with a 6-0 run. Dunleavy made a 3-pointer, then Hibbert found a cutting Collison for a layup to push the lead back to 10.
NOTES: Charlotte F Eduardo Najera played for the first time since Nov. 13. He had been out with a strained left elbow, and had only played in one game this season. His first basket of the season was on a 3-pointer with 5:20 left in the second quarter. It was his only basket. ... Charlotte G D.J. Augustin was called for grabbing T.J. Ford on a clear path to the basket in the third quarter, meaning the Pacers got two free throws and the ball. Indiana got just one point out of the sequence.