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INDIANAPOLIS -- Pacers centre Roy Hibbert keeps showing why he was recently selected to his first all-star game. The Charlotte Bobcats keep showing why they have the worst record in the NBA. Hibbert had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 108-73 win over the woeful Bobcats on Sunday. Danny Granger and David West each scored 14 points for the Pacers, who have won two in a row following a season-long five-game losing streak. West also grabbed eight rebounds. "We came out ready to play and stuck with our game plan the whole game, for 48 minutes," West said. "We knew that they were capable, so when we jumped on them, we wanted to stay on them." Thats exactly what Indiana did. The Pacers went on a 21-2 run to start the game and extended the lead to 53-33 at halftime. Charlottes 73 points were the fewest allowed by Indiana since an 86-73 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 25, 2010. "I wish we could win them all like that," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "Our passing was great on the offensive end. David West and Roy Hibbert were really sharp at both ends." Derrick Brown had 16 points and Kemba Walker 15 for the Bobcats (4-27), who have lost 17 of their last 18 games and never led in this one. Turnovers and a lack of rebounding by Charlotte gave the Pacers an opportunity to put the game away in the first half. By halftime, they had a 32-18 rebounding advantage, and the Bobcats had committed 10 turnovers. The Pacers tied a season best of 30 points scored off 19 total turnovers. West had 10 points in the second and the Pacers went on a 12-0 run midway through the quarter. Indiana extended the lead to as many as 41 in the third. The Bobcats have yet to put together consecutive wins this season. They snapped a season-worst 16-game skid with a 98-91 victory over Toronto on Friday. The Bobcats shot just 18.2 per cent and trailed 24-12 after the first quarter. They had five turnovers in the first and at one point had more fouls and turnovers than points. "We got shots, but we didnt make them early on and they did," coach Paul Silas said. "They were tough. We just have to take this upon ourselves to play tougher." Granger scored seven points and West hit a jumper to extend Indianas lead to 16-2 midway through the first period. Reggie Williams scored the first Bobcats points at the 10:04 mark in the first but then they didnt score for more than seven minutes, until Williams had a dunk. Walker hit a jumper and Byron Mullens and Brown scored at the free throw line to get Charlotte back within nine. A.J. Price hit a three-pointer at the end of the quarter for Indiana to make it 24-12. "I think the beginning of the game set the whole tone for what happened," Charlottes Boris Diaw said. "Especially missing so many shots, and things just got too out of hand to come out and be more competitive." Notes: Indiana G George Hills status was upgraded to day-to-day for the chip fracture in his left ankle. . Pacers C Jeff Foster is day-to-day with a sore lower back. He played nearly 6 minutes on Sunday. . Hibbert had 20 points in the first meeting between the teams this season, when the Pacers won 99-77 on Jan. 7. ... Bobcats G Gerald Henderson missed his eighth straight game with a right hamstring strain. . The Bobcats are 27th in the NBA in field-goal percentage and score a league-low 86.9 points a game. www.cowboysjerseysale.com/zn-92-demarcus-ware-jersey/ . Federer overcame wet and windy conditions on a temporary outdoor clay court in Amsterdam to beat De Bakker 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. "On the serve it can play tricks on you," Federer said of the gusty wind. "The ball, after you tossed it, it was moving away from you and you had to adjust the whole time. www.cowboysjerseysale.com/rg-71-joseph-randle-jersey/ . The former top-ranked Ivanovic beat Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-1, while 2011 U.S. Open winner Stosur extended her winning streak to seven matches by beating Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-1 in the second round. http://www.cowboysjerseysale.com/rc-90-kyle-wilber-jersey/. -- Carson Palmer walked off the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, where the Raiders had just won for the sixth straight time, and looked just like he did at the start. www.cowboysjerseysale.com/ko-54-demarco-murray-jersey/ . -- Omar Vizquel is in the cramped workout area near the Los Angeles Angels weight room shortly after the sun comes up, repeatedly slamming a medicine ball into a concrete wall with insistent, two-handed throws. www.cowboysjerseysale.com/af-86-george-selvie-jersey/ . Hudson, 38, sat in the clubhouse Friday waiting to have his cast and staples removed and replaced with a walking boot. He underwent season-ending surgery two weeks ago and begins treatment soon.PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Samardzija began the season as the Chicago Cubs No. 1 starter practically by default thanks to injuries to veterans Matt Garza and Scott Baker. Dont expect the quickly improving Samardzija to give up the spot anytime soon. The lanky right-hander allowed just two hits and struck out nine over eight nearly flawless innings as the Cubs held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Monday for their first opening day victory in four years. "He stuck to his game plan," Chicago manager Dale Sveum said. "That was probably as good of a game that hes pitched in his starting career." Samardzijas only real issue came in the first, when a walk and an error put two runners on with nobody out. A fielders choice and two strikeouts later Samardzija was out of the jam. At one point he retired 14 straight batters, almost all of them on strikeouts or routine groundballs. "When theyre making plays behind you it gives you the confidence to really kind of make stuff up out there, keep the ball down in the zone and you know theyre going to make some plays for me like they did all day for me," Samardzija said. And the Pirates were only too happy to oblige Samardzija as he worked both sides of the plate and kept the Pirates off-balance with a two-seam fastball clocked in the mid-90s and a changeup that didnt break 80. Pittsburgh only managed two balls out of the infield while Samardzija was on the hill as he improved to 4-0 in his short career against the Pirates. "The last two times weve seen him, hes been a beast out there," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "He had command of everything out of his hand." Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first and Wellington Castillo added an RBI double for the Cubs. Kyuji Fujikawa got the final out to earn a save in his major league debut after closer Carlos Marmol struggled. A.J. Burnett, making the first opening day start of his lengthy career, gave up three runs on six hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out 10. Pittsburgh however began a season of high expectations with a thud. Burnett said it was an honour to get the call in the opener, but the 15-year veteran showed some nerves early. Castro singled with one out and Rizzo followed with a towering two-run shot to centre field that landed on the concourse behind the seats for one of the longest homers in the parks 13-year history. The ball left the park so fast even centre fielder Andrew McCutchen -- a Gold Glove winner last year -- trotted only couple of steps before stopping. Rizzo hit just .229 in spring training with just three extra base hits, but his blast gave thee rebuilding Cubs an early shot of adrenaline.dddddddddddd "I dont really remember the pitch or where I hit it or whatever," Rizzo said. "It was just kind of blacked out there for a second but it was nice to get the win and get on a good note." Chicago threatened to expand the lead in the fourth, putting runners in scoring position with no outs. Two strikeouts and a harmless chopper to third ended the threat, but the Pirates could muster little fight against Samardzija. It continued a troubling trend at home for the Pirates when Burnett takes the mound. Pittsburgh failed to score a single run in Burnetts final three starts at PNC Park in 2012, part of a miserable collapse that sent the ballclub to its 20th straight losing season. Burnett couldnt even catch a break while attempting to keep his pitching hand dry. The rosin bag literally exploded while he was tapping it against his hip during the top of the fifth, showering the back of the pitchers mound and Burnetts leg with dust. "The pitch to Rizzo and the rosin bag, that was my day," Burnett said. Pittsburghs offence was just as faulty against Samardzija. Still, the Cubs nearly gave it away in the ninth when Marmol came in to wrap things up. It didnt happen. He hit McCutchen with one out and McCutchen promptly stole second then scored on Pedro Alvarezs single up the middle. Gaby Sanchez followed with a walk, ending Marmols afternoon. He couldnt blame Sveum. "If youre struggling to get people out, thats what you have to do," Marmol said. James Russell entered and managed to get Neil Walker to line out to right before Fujikawa, who had 219 saves in the Japanese League before arriving in Chicago in the off-season, forced Russell Martin to pop to centre to end it. "I was thinking about making something special happen," said Martin, who was making his Pittsburgh debut after coming over in the off-season from the New York Yankees. "I just didnt get it done." Sveum insisted Marmols job is not up for grabs, at least at the moment. "Not making any changes or anything like that," Sveum said. "He just didnt have it today." NOTES: Burnetts 10 strikeouts tied a club record for strikeouts on opening day. It was accomplished twice before, the last time by John Candelaria on April 5, 1983 against the St. Louis Cardinals ... The series continues on Wednesday when Wandy Rodriguez (12-13, 3.76 ERA in 2012) faces Chicagos Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03) ... There were snow flurries during batting practice but things "warmed up" to 41 degrees under sunny skies by first pitch. ' ' '
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