Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/19

Game 1: Thursday, October 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, October 24th

Bobcats 96

(0-5, 0-1 away)

Pacers 109

(2-3, 2-2 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, October 19, 2006

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 27 28 22 1996
    IND 31 22 30 26109

    Depleted Pacers snap three-game preseason skid

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Al Harrington had 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 109-96 preseason victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night.

    Josh Powell had 20 points and the Pacers also got 18 points from Stephen Jackson, who started his first home game of the preseason since he was involved in a fight outside an Indianapolis strip club two weeks ago. It was the first win for Indiana (2-3) after three straight double-digit losses.

    Alan Anderson and Melvin Ely each had 15 points and Emeka Okafor scored 14 for the Bobcats (0-5), who were playing without starters Gerald Wallace (back spasms), Primoz Brezec (shin sprain) and Raymond Felton (abdominal strain).

    Indiana, which had forward Jermaine O'Neal (sore hamstring) and four other injured players sitting out, fought back from a seven-point deficit in the second quarter to take command in the second half.

    The Pacers used a 7-0 run, which was capped by a free throw by Harrington, late in the third quarter to open a 71-70 lead.

    Charlotte got within three points early in the fourth quarter after Anderson's 3-pointer, but Indiana pushed the lead back to 98-87 on a 3-pointer by Sarunas Jasikevicius with 3:50 left.

    Along with O'Neal, the Pacers were missing Marquis Daniels (sore hamstring), John Edwards (sore groin), Danny Granger (bruised hip) and Orien Green (broken finger).

    The Bobcats were also without Walter Hermann (strained foot) and Brevin Knight (sprained ankle).

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