A debate broke out inside a loose and celebratory Indiana Pacers' locker room on Wednesday night.

They had just turned three slow moving quarters of basketball into a runaway 99-74 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats thanks in large part to backup point guard C.J. Watson's deft 3-point shooting, and George Hill recalled the shooting contests that end most team practices and shootarounds.

Players try to finish a succession of five 3-point attempts before the next guy and just as Hill claimed to be the best shooter on the team, Rasual Butler strongly disputed. Chris Copeland spoke up from his stall to defend his honor, even Danny Granger stepped into the good-natured controversy.

Watson, however, never looked away from his cell phone. The man who calls himself "Quiet Storm" didn't have to say a word. His career-high six 3-pointers boisterously won the discussion – as well as the night.

Watson came in to relieve players like Hill and Paul George but also resurrected an offense that struggled to score through 36 minutes.

"Seems like it's a different guy every night for us. (Watson's) performance off the bench hitting six threes really broke open the game," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "So obviously he's the star of the game here."

Early in the third quarter when George picked up his fourth foul, Vogel turned to Watson.

"It surprised me when he called my name," Watson said. "So I had to stay ready."

And Vogel stuck with Watson for 19 minutes and 35 seconds of the second half as he scored 15 of his team-high 18 points through the stretch. When the Pacers only 60-52 and had only made 28.1 percent of their field goals through three quarters, Watson remained on the floor and swished in a succession of three triples in transition.

"We've got so many people on this team that can score in bunches," Hill said. "Tonight it was C.J.'s shot that was falling. And hey, I'm a fan on the bench when that happens."

In recent history, individual Pacers have put up big numbers against the Bobcats. Last year after the disappointing Nov. 2 loss in Charlotte, David West recorded a triple-double against the Bobcats in January and Paul George did the same in February.

But these were supposed to be the new Bobcats, a team dedicated to defensive discipline under first-year head coach Steve Clifford. Coming into Wednesday night, the Bobcats ranked third in the NBA with 91.9 points per game allowed – daring to be in the same neighborhood as the league's No. 1 defense, the Indiana Pacers (87.4 PPG allowed).

So, surrendering six 3-pointers to an individual was not to be expected. And among everyone inside the Pacers' locker room, Watson seemed the least likely to break the Bobcats.