CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Bobcats gave rookie Raymond
Felton one last warmup before the NBA season begins, letting him
close out the final minutes of their last preseason game.
Felton showed natural jitters with the game on the line, but
stepped up to hit a go-ahead 3-pointer to help Charlotte to a
109-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Felton, who finished with 20 points, was pleased to get the
"It just gives me confidence," he said. "We got it going when
I was out there and coach had confidence to keep me out there."
The fifth overall pick in the draft, Felton made a 3 with 2:46
to play to give the Bobcats their first lead of the second half at
103-101. He scored on a layup and had the chance to seal the
victory for Charlotte with three trips to the free throw line in
the final 2:24.
But Felton made just two of six free throws down the stretch,
forcing the Bobcats to use defensive stops to secure the win.
Still, it was enough for Felton to impress Pacers guard Jamaal
"I like his attitude," Tinselly said. "He comes out and
competes and plays hard. A lot of players feel they can play on
talent alone but you can tell he is a competitor."
"I feel really good," Artest said. "Conditioning-wise I've
worked hard in training camp and in the preseason. One more
preseason game to go and I'll be ready."
Sean May, the 13th overall pick in the NBA draft, made his
preseason debut for the Bobcats with three minutes to play in the
first quarter. He notched a rebound just seconds after checking in
and had four defensive boards before the quarter was over.
May, who missed the first seven games while recovering from
arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, finished with 10 points and
eight rebounds in 18 minutes.
"I felt a little rusty at first and everyone just told me to
calm down," May said. "I thought my wind was OK. There's nothing
like getting out there the first time."
Felton, who helped lead North Carolina to a national
championship last season with May, was pleased to be back on the
floor with his teammate.
"When he gets right and in the shape he was at North Carolina,
he's going to be a big help to this team," Felton said.
It was the final NBA game in the Charlotte Coliseum, which
opened in 1988 for the Hornets and notched a record 364 sellouts
during its heyday. But its lack of amenities and luxury suites
quickly outdated it.
The Bobcats played their inaugural season in the cavernous
building, but made it clear "The Hive" was nothing more than a
temporary home until their $265 million downtown arena was
The new building is officially open -- Charlotte practiced there
on Tuesday -- and will host its first game on Nov. 5.
Pacers forward Jonathan Bender left the game in the first
quarter with a cut on his left eyelid. He did not return.