Charlotte, NC—Former Bobcat D.J. Augustin missed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for Indiana as time expired, and Charlotte held on to a 90-89 victory over the Pacers in its first game of the season.
Charlotte's top draft choice in 2011, Kemba Walker, led all scorers with a career-high 30 points, while Gerald Henderson poured in 18 points to get the Mike Dunlap era headed in the right direction.
Bobcats' history when he was hired in the offseason. He notched his first career NBA coaching win on Friday.
Offseason acquisitions Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions each gave solid contributions off the bench for Charlotte. Gordon finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while Sessions added 11 points and four assists in the victory.
David West, whose layup cut Charlotte's lead to one with just over two minutes to play, finished with 14 points and six rebounds for Indiana. The Pacers, however, didn't score another point as the Bobcats' defense forced three turnovers in the waning minutes of the game.
Tyler Hansbrough and Lance Stephenson scored 15 points apiece off the bench to lead the Pacers, who defeated the Toronto Raptors in their season opener.