Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/26

Game 1: Wednesday, October 26th

Pacers 103

(5-2, 2-2 away)

Bobcats 109

(3-5, 2-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 26, 2005

    Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 26 34 24 19103
    CHA 32 21 24 32109

    Felton scores 20, helps Bobcats outpace Pacers

    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 opportunity.

    "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 Tinsley.

    "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."

    Kareem Rush led Charlotte with a game-high 26 points. Emeka Okafor and Primoz Brezec scored 14 each and Brevin Knight had 12.

    Jermaine O'Neal led Indiana with 21 points. Ron Artest, who did not start, had 15 points.

    "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 completed.

    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.

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