Charlotte Hornets

Pacers Put Away Hornets Late

By Sam Perley, hornets.com

Result

A neck-and-neck game for much of the night quickly slipped away from the Charlotte Hornets early in the fourth quarter as they fell to the hometown Indiana Pacers, 110-94, on Monday, Dec. 12 in Indianapolis, IN. It was a rough performance both offensively and defensively for the visiting Hornets as they connected on just 28-of-84 shots from the field (33.3 percent) while allowing the Pacers to hit on 48.9 percent of their attempts (43-of-88). The loss also snapped Charlotte’s four-game winning streak against Indiana, which began at the start of the 2015-16 NBA season.

Turning Point

With the game tied at 73-73, the Pacers unleashed a 9-0 run between the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to open up a nine-point advantage over Charlotte with 10:00 remaining on the clock. The Hornets trimmed the deficit down to as little as five points in the frame but never got back out in front as they saw their two-game road winning streak against Indiana come to a conclusion.

Hornets Player of the Game

Nicolas Batum racked up 13 points, a game-high-tying 10 rebounds and three assists for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season. Batum has also now recorded four double-doubles in his last six games for the Hornets.

Pacers Player of the Game

Myles Turner had a huge night for Indiana, finishing with a game-high-tying 22 points (4-of-7 from three-point range), a team-high seven rebounds and a season-high-tying four blocks in the victory. The 22-point outing is tied for Turner’s second-highest scoring performance of the season.

Game Notes

Marco Belinelli tallied a team-high 14 points, three rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench… Kemba Walker tacked on 12 points, a team-high five assists and two steals… Marvin Williams added 13 points, two assists and two steals… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in six points and a game-high-tying 10 rebounds… The Pacers drained 17-of-36 three-point attempts (47.2 percent) while the Hornets hit just 10-of-26 from long distance (38.5 percent)… Charlotte knocked down 28-of-32 free-throw attempts (87.5 percent) while Indiana was successful on 7-of-10 shots from the charity stripe (70.0 percent)… Indiana also finished with 11 blocks while the Hornets managed only four rejections.

Quote of the Night

[At] the beginning of the fourth, they made [shots] and we actually got good shots and missed. We got to make more plays offensively. Our coverage on the Paul George stuff was not bad. He’s a terrific player.” – Steve Clifford

Quote of the Night


[At] the beginning of the fourth, they made [shots] and we actually got good shots and missed. We got to make more plays offensively. Our coverage on the Paul George stuff was not bad. He’s a terrific player.” – Steve Clifford

Next Up

The road trip continues for the Charlotte Hornets as they take on the Wizards at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southeast or heard on WFNZ or on the official Charlotte Hornets mobile app.


next up

Wednesday Dec 14 – 7:00 pmVerizon Center, Washington, DC

Fox Sports Southeast – Charlotte Hornets App & WFNZ 610 AM

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