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).