Tough minded Pacers make second half count

Ankles were spraining, elbows were flying, and a few technicals were spruced in here and there. 

But it wasn't like Frank Vogel expected his team to lose composure, just like he didn't loose his in the midst of a dull Pacers first half on Saturday night. 

Even when a cliched halftime shouting matched seemed immenant after the Pacers trailed 49-33 to the Bobcats.

"I just appealed to them mental toughness," said Vogel in the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at the half. "They understood they were messing up.

"I said 'I can come in here and tell you how mad I am at you or say, look, you know what you have to do."

Over the course of the final 24 minutes the Pacers would show that in a number of areas in turning in a second half performance that was reverse of the first.

With a calm Vogel on the sidelines, the Pacers outscored Charlotte 28-14 in each of the final two quarters to pick up a 99-77 victory Saturday night. 

"Slow start, strong finish," was the layman's explanation given by Vogel for the effort following the game, but there were a number of contributions to make that so. 

For one there was Roy Hibbert, who managed to work through an early game ankle sprain to score 12 second half points and grabbing seven rebounds in physically shutting down the Bobcats' post-play. 

"Every game's important to us," said the Pacers' center, who finished with a team-high 20 points and eight rebounds. "We got off to a sluggish start but again our bench came through and got us back into it."

Hibbert's front court teammate Tyler Hansbrough helped to spring the run with 12 of his own second-half points. George Hill also contributed 13 for the game off the bench, and helped key a 19-3 Pacers run to open up the second half. 

Perhaps Hill's best plays, however, came in a couple of dust-ups with Charlotte's Gerald Henderson. Each earned a technical over the course of the game, but it was Hill who kept his composure to score seven second half points to help the Pacers pull away.

"I wanted to retaliate, my mind was telling me to do that," said Hill of his small shoving match with Henderson in the second half. "But at the same time I'm more valuable to my team on the court that in the locker room."

Just like Vogel saw the value in subtle reminder instead of full blown shouting in a half to forget that paced one to remember.