Indiana at Charlotte

Bobcats take it to Pacers for first preseason win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- 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 Pacers.

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 left town.

"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 the way.

Danny Granger led Indiana with 16 points, while Stephen Jackson had 14. The Pacers fell to 3-4.

The teams open the regular season against each other on Nov. 1 at Charlotte.

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