Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Wednesday, November 16th
Game 2: Friday, November 18th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 18th
Game 4: Saturday, April 15th

Bobcats 85

(3-7, 1-4 away)

Pacers 93

(5-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: NE14

7:00 PM ET, November 18, 2005

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 T
CHA 21 27 19 1885
IND 28 20 22 2393

Top Performers

Cha: K. Rush 20 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Blk

Ind: J. O'Neal 29 Pts, 18 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Rush scores 25 in losing effort for Bobcats

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Sarunas Jasikevicius gave the Indiana Pacers a big lift in the second half.

After sitting out the first half, the 29-year-old rookie from Lithuania scored 14 points to lead the Pacers to a 93-85 victory over Charlotte on Friday night.

Jasikevicius entered the game as the Pacers' third point guard and went 6-of-6 from the line in the final 2 minutes to seal the win.

"I just tried to get in and give some energy to the team," he said. "I tried to pick the team up a little bit and give them some emotion."

Jermaine O'Neal had 29 points and 18 rebounds for the Pacers. He was 9-of-17 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line for Indiana, which rebounded from a 122-90 loss in Charlotte on Wednesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Kareem Rush led Charlotte with 20 points. He scored a career-high 35 against the Pacers on Wednesday.

Jasikevicius gave the Pacers a 70-67 lead, hitting three free throws with 0.2 seconds left in the third quarter after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.

The Pacers' defense stiffened in the final quarter, forcing consecutive shot-clock violations early in the period. Charlotte didn't score for the first 5:02 of the quarter, while the Pacers went on a 9-0 run.

"The key was holding them to two sub-20-point quarters in the second half," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "The game turned in the second half when we got on the floor and got after loose balls."

Jasikevicius said the Pacers are not hustling consistently and players are still trying to get on the same page.

"There's not going to be many pretty wins, many blowouts, even though we have the talent to do it. We still need to establish chemistry. This is a lot of times why we're struggling."

The Bobcats trailed 81-68 with 6:44 remaining but pulled to within 85-81 before fading.

"We did nothing wrong," Rush said. "We just missed shots. They converted, especially down the stretch."

Austin Croshere had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, and Jamaal Tinsley and Stephen Jackson both scored 12 points.

Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Brevin Knight had 14 assists for the Bobcats. Primoz Brezec, a former Pacer, finished with 12 points and six rebounds for Charlotte. Brezec last played for the Pacers during the 2003-04 season.

O'Neal isn't sure why some consider the Pacers' start disappointing.

"We're not holding people to 60-point games," he said. "That's something this city has been used to. It's a marathon. It doesn't matter how you start."

Game notes

Charlotte scoring leader Gerald Wallace missed his firth straight game because of a wrist injury. ... Charlotte's Sean May was booed every time he touched the ball and was cheered when he committed fouls. His father, Scott May played in college at Indiana, but May chose North Carolina over the Hoosiers. May finished with 14 points ... Jasikevicius is 22-for-22 from line this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 85 93
FGM-FGA 35-93 (.376) 28-67 (.418)
3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 3-14 (.214)
FTM-FTA 10-14 (.714) 34-44 (.773)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-44 14-50
Assists 18 17
Turnovers 21 23
Steals 12 10
Blocks 7 6
Fast Break Points 19 7
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
Largest Lead 5 13

Top Performers

Kareem Rush Rush
Points: 20
Reb: 1
Ast: 0
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
Points: 29
Reb: 18
Ast: 3
Stl: 3
Blk: 1