CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Roy Hibbert won a basketball game Tuesday night but lost $500.
In the waning minutes of a blowout victory, Hibbert told the final five Indiana Pacers left on the floor hed pay them $100 each if they kept the Charlotte Bobcats from scoring 80 points.
Pay up, Roy.
Yeah, Im a man of my word, Hibbert said. A Hibbert always pays his debts. ... I guess I have to go find an ATM.
Hell gladly do so.
Hibbert had 18 points and seven rebounds, and the Pacers handed the struggling Bobcats their 13th straight defeat at home, 103-76. With team owner Michael Jordan looking on from the bench, the Bobcats lost their fifth in a row and have dropped 24 of 26 since Thanksgiving.
The Pacers bounced back from Sundays 11-point defeat in Brooklyn and won for the fifth time in six games.
Indiana won this one going away behind some dominant inside play. The Pacers outrebounded the Bobcats 60-31 and outscored them 52-22 in the paint, once again exposing Charlottes problems down low.
All five Pacers starters had at least seven rebounds.
Paul George had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while David West added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers. George Hill chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Even the guards get in there and mix it up for us, Hibbert said. They do a good job of getting in there and hitting the boards. More possessions for ourselves is good.
It was the eighth time the Pacers have held an opponent to less than 80 points.
Our defense is a beast, coach Frank Vogel said. Were leading in a number of different defensive categories. We have great length, and these guys are committed to trying to be the best defense in the NBA.
The Central Division-leading Pacers (24-15) have not lost consecutive games since early December.
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 15 points.
HORNETS 111, 76ERS 99: In Philadelphia, Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19 for New Orleans, which is last in the Western Conference at 12-26 – including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 29 points and 11 assists. Nick Young and Evan Turner added 14 points each while Thaddeus Young scored 12.
NETS 113, RAPTORS 106: In New York, Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21 points, and Brooklyn extended its season-high winning streak to seven games.
Andray Blatche added 14 points for the Nets, in the midst of their longest winning streak since running off 14 in a row late in the 2005-06 season. A .500 team when they fired Avery Johnson late last month, Brooklyn is 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and has pulled within 1 1/2 games of the New York Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead.
CLIPPERS 117, ROCKETS 109: In Houston, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, including 12 straight to start the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles looked just fine without the injured Chris Paul.
The Clippers won their second game in a row despite missing their star point guard, who is day to day with a bruised right kneecap.
James Harden had 23 points for the Rockets, whose four-game losing streak is a season worst.