The Charlotte Bobcats got a chance to see where they measure up against the NBA's elite against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. They showed they have quite a ways to go as they shot poorly in a 99-74 loss to the team with the league's best record.
The loss was the Bobcats (7-9) third in four games and their third-straight at home. They are now just 3-6 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
It was an ugly offensive game for both teams, as neither hit 40 percent of its field goals. The Pacers (14-1) shot just 38 percent from the floor, but made up the difference by hitting 25 of 32 free throw attempts and hitting 10 three-pointers, including six in the fourth quarter.
The game got off to an ugly start for Charlotte, as it shot just 18 percent from the floor and trailed 22-11 at the end of the first quarter. Charlotte would rebound with a strong second quarter, cutting the lead to 43-38 at halftime.
Charlotte cut the lead to 43-40 early in the third quarter, but that was as close as it would get.
"We got off to a tough start, and our guys battled back," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. "In the third quarter, we just dropped the ball."
Al Jefferson led Charlotte with 16 points and nine rebounds. CJ Watson was one of five Indiana players in double figures, as he scored a game-high 18 points.
The Bobcats shot just over 31 percent for the game. Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson struggled, going a combined 6 for 32 from the field. Henderson credited Indiana's defense for do a good job of contesting shots.
" I had some shots that I've been knock down," Henderson said. "But they were not falling tonight."