COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Jermaine O'Neal had 15 points and 11
rebounds in his hometown arena Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough
as fellow South Carolina native Raymond Felton and Charlotte got
their first preseason win with a 101-89 victory over the Indiana
O'Neal, who grew up in Columbia and starred at Eau Claire High
before jumping directly to the NBA in 1996, played for the first
time after missing the past two games with a sore left hamstring.
He was cheered by the crowd at the Colonial Center when he was
introduced and any time he touched the ball. O'Neal spent the day
touring his old high school and former neighborhood. He rushed out
after the game to have a bite with his family before the Pacers
"I would have liked to play a little bit more," he said.
"But, obviously, the regular season is the one that counts."
Felton, who played at Latta High about two hours northeast of
Columbia, did not have a strong game, going 3 of 14 from the field
with six turnovers. Still, the Bobcats won for the first time in
six preseason games.
Sean May had 20 points, Adam Morrison had 16 and Emeka Okafor
added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats.
May's two foul shots with 1:26 left in the third quarter put
Charlotte ahead for good, 64-63. Jake Voskuhl had two buckets and
May another pair of free throws over the next 3 minutes as the
Bobcats stretched their lead to 74-66.
The Pacers could not get closer than three points the rest of