Pacers pound Bobcats

Paul George posted his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and the Indiana Pacers routed the Charlotte Bobcats 101-77 Wednesday night.

Tyler Hansbrough tied a season high with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers starting in place of David West, who was sidelined by an eye injury.

Byron Mullens led the Bobcats with 19 points and Gerald Henderson chipped in 14.

The first quarter started as a shootout with Indiana and Charlotte combining for 59 points on 55.6 percent shooting. The Pacers (32-21) more closely resembled the top defensive team in the NBA for the next three quarters to run away from the Bobcats (12-40).

Indiana broke a two-game losing streak heading into the All-Star break.