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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers players and coaches often have said depth is one of the teams best assets. Brad Evans USA Jersey . They proved it on Saturday night. Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and led six players in double figures to help the Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-77. The teams were in similar situations, both having played tough games one night earlier. Indiana was coming off an 87-74 win at Boston, while Charlotte was following an overtime loss to Atlanta. The Pacers were running full speed in the second half as the Bobcats were wilting. Indiana trailed 49-43 at halftime but outscored Charlotte 56-28 after the break. Indianas reserves outscored Charlottes 21-11 in the second half. "Weve got eight guys, maybe nine that could probably start on other NBA teams," Pacers forward Danny Granger said. "Thats a lot of depth. Id like to say we have more depth than most teams." Hibbert, who briefly left the game with a sprained right ankle, also had eight rebounds and three blocks. Tyler Hansbrough scored 15 points, Darren Collison had 14, Granger and George Hill each added 13 and David West 10 for the Pacers (6-2), who improved to 3-0 at home. "Handling home," Hill said. "Its something that we preach. We want to be unbeatable here and .500 on the road. Any time you can do that, it can get you a long way." D.J. Augustin scored 20 points, Gerald Henderson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Byron Mullens added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats (2-6). Indiana shot 51 per cent and held the Bobcats to 33-per cent shooting -- the fifth time the Pacers have held an opponent under 40 per cent. "It says a lot about our team because it was a grind-it-out game against a veteran team," Granger said. "We grinded them out, we put our defence out there and played to the best of our ability. Those are the kind of games you have to win." Charlotte disappeared after halftime. "We did not play tough," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "They banged us up and we didnt respond. We played hard in the first half, and Im not sure what happened in the second." The Pacers made a run early in the third quarter. A layup by Collison tied the score at 51, and a tip-in putback by Hibbert on Indianas next possession put the Pacers ahead. Granger broke out of his slump to push Indiana ahead 56-51. Charlotte shot 1 for 8 from the field during Indianas 15-3 run to start the second half. Hibbert scored on back-to-back possessions to give Indiana a four-point lead before he went down with the ankle injury. Right before Hibbert was hurt, Hill was issued a technical foul after disagreeing with a foul call against him, but Augustin missed the free throw and the Bobcats failed to score on the extra possession. The Pacers took advantage when Jeff Foster scored on a putback to bump Indianas lead to 68-62. Indiana led 71-63 at the end of the third after shooting 57 per cent from the field in the quarter, while Charlotte made just 5 of 25 shots in the period. "We allowed them to be too comfortable in what they were doing (in the first half), so we pressured the ball more, tried to force some more turnovers, and it worked," Granger said. Henderson threw Hill off his back with 10:45 to go and Hill was restrained by Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Indianas Dahntay Jones made the technical free throw then Henderson was called for an offensive foul after he threw an elbow at Hill on the next possession. By then, Indiana led 76-63, and the Pacers remained in control from there. "Were going to try to play with a chip on our shoulder all the time, but know that this is our home court, and we cant let anybody come in here and disrespect us," Hill said. The Bobcats felt as though they wasted an opportunity in the second half. "We didnt bring the same kind of energy we did in the first half," Henderson said. "Our offence kind of slowed down a bit. They got a lot of points inside, a lot of offensive rebounds, and we didnt match any of that." Granger said he expects tough challenges from upstart teams because the Pacers have generated so much buzz early this season. "I think weve got a mark on our back now," he said. "Were not going to be able to sneak up on too many people anymore. They realize that we are a good team, and were here to stay. It makes it all the more important for us to come to play." Notes: Charlotte F Corey Maggette missed his second straight game with a left hamstring strain. ... Indiana G Lance Stephenson did not play for the second straight game because of a sprained left ankle. ... Charlotte F Tyrus Thomas started and had 10 points and seven rebounds after missing six games with a sprained left ankle. ... Charlotte outrebounded Indiana 15-4 in the first quarter, but finished with just a 48-45 edge. ... Granger left the game briefly with a sprained left ankle. He made a 3-pointer for the 24th straight game, the longest active streak in the league. ... Charlotte F Boris Diaw fouled out in the fourth quarter after scoring just two points on 1-for-8 shooting. Omar Gonzalez USA Jersey . CATHARINES, Ont. William Yarbrough Jersey . The teams global ambassador acknowledged the leagues reigning MVP in the crowd and asked the five-time All-Star to consider Toronto as a free agent destination next summer.NEW ORLEANS -- Staggered by a shoulder pad to the head and ripped down by a forearm hit across the neck, Drew Brees was crumpled on the turf with blood on his chin. Yet the vicious sack by San Franciscos Ahmad Brooks also drew a flag that cancelled out Brees lost fumble with 3:12 left and gave the Saints prolific quarterback one chance too many. Brees guided New Orleans to two late Garrett Hartley field goals -- the second as time expired -- and the Saints upended the 49ers 23-20 on Sunday. "All I remember is just getting clothes-lined in the chin and as Im on the ground, Im saying, Thats got to be a flag," Brees said. "One of my teammates kind of picked me up and said, Are you all right? and he said, Dont worry, theres a flag. "I said, All right, good. Just took a moment, and youve got to get ready to go." The Superdome crowd grumbled each time the Saints settled for high-pressure field goals in the fourth quarter, apparently nervous that Hartley, whod missed four of six attempts in the previous three games, would slip up again. Instead, Hartley made all three of his field goal attempts in the final quarter to wipe out New Orleans 20-14 deficit. His 42-yarder with 2:06 left tied it. His game-winner was from 31 yards. He also hit from 21 yards earlier. "This team and this coaching staff and this organization never took their foot off the gas with me and here we are sitting at 8-2 and getting ready for Atlanta," Hartley said. The Saints trailed 20-17 when Brooks levelled Brees. The Niners protested the resulting flag vigorously. "It was very frustrating. The game could have gone a totally different direction than what it went," Brooks said. "I was just mad because that was a big play in the game. We lost, and thats probably the reason why." The Saints (8-2) improved to 6-0 at home despite three turnovers and a failed fourth down conversion. "Youre going to have games like this," Brees said. "You still find way to win against a playoff-calibre opponent with a lot at stake at this point in the season. That says a lot." The victory guaranteed the Saints would remain at least a game ahead of Carolina -- which plays Monday night -- for first place in the NFC South. It also kept New Orleans one game in the loss column behind top NFC seed Seattle (10-1). Marques Colston finished with five catches for 80 yards to become the Saints all-time leader in yards receiving with 7,923, passing Eric Martins two-decade-old mark of 7,854. "Its definitely an awessome accomplishment," said Colston, a 2006 seventh-round draft choice out of Hofstra. Javi Martinez Bayern Munich Jersey. "It had a lot to do with some of the guys in this locker room and this coaching staff, but were in the midst of something a lot more meaningful right now." Colin Kaepernick passed for two scores, but finished with only 127 yards and was sacked three times as the Niners (6-4) lost their second straight. "The greater the challenge, the greater the glory," Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Thats the way I look at it. Im proud of our guys for the way they fight, and if we continue to do that, were going to win a lot of games." The Saints defence, one of the worst in NFL history a year ago, played well enough to keep the Saints within striking distance despite what appeared to be a number of seemingly costly mistakes. Junior Galettes sack helped stall the Niners last drive. Niners running back Frank Gore managed only 48 yards on 13 carries. Kaepernick completed 17 of 31 passes and scrambled three times for 25 yards. His last run was a 16-yarder on third-and-long that came up 3 yards short of a first down with less than two minutes to go. Brees completed quick three passes on his final series: a 9-yarder to Graham, the 20-yarder to Colston and then another 12-yarder to Graham. Brees finished 30 of 43 for 305 yards and one touchdown, a 3-yard connection with rookie tight end Josh Hill. That was enough to overcome New Orleans turnovers, which began with Lance Moores muffed fair catch, setting up an 11-yard touchdown drive capped by Kaepernicks pass to Anquan Boldin. Boldin was covered by Corey White, whod come in after what appeared to be a serious left leg injury to Jabari Greer. White briefly made up for it with a diving interception, but when he tried to run for a score, he fumbled the ball through the end zone for a touchback. The Niners then drove for Phil Dawsons 55-yard field goal, which gave them a 10-7 lead. New Orleans regained the lead at 14-10, thanks to Travaris Cadets 82-yard kickoff return, which set up Jed Collins 1-yard touchdown run. But in the third quarter, Brees, scrambling right, tried to lob a pass to Graham, only to have Brooks leap up and tip the ball to himself for an interception he returned to the Saints 22. Soon after, Vernon Davis 17-yard TD catch made it 17-14. NOTES: Injuries forced 49ers CB Tarell Brown (ribs) and Niners LG Mike Iupati (knee) from the game. ... Colston also now has 7,930 career yards from scrimmage, breaking Martins record of 7,865. 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