CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was a point midway through the first quarter when Paul George began to wonder if the Indiana Pacers were ever going to keep the Charlotte Hornets from scoring.
Kemba Walker had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Hornets scored on their first 12 possessions to build a 21-point lead in the first quarter on their way to a 122-100 rout of the listless Pacers on Monday night.
Charlotte scored on every possession until Marvin Williams missed a jumper with 5:48 left in the first. By that point, the Hornets led 30-14 and were already on their way to a lopsided victory.
“We couldn’t get a stop and we couldn’t get a break,” George said. “It’s concerning that they are scoring and no one cares. No one cares. We are looking bad. We are terrible right now.”
Charlotte, meanwhile, is looking pretty good under fourth-year coach Steve Clifford.
The Hornets (5-1) tied a 23-year franchise record with 75 points in the first half on 56.5 percent shooting and are off to the best start in franchise history.
Charlotte scored 35 points off 18 Indiana turnovers.
“We know the formula,” said Charlotte center Spencer Hawes, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds. “The way we move the ball when we’re playing defense, we’ll do well. That’s what we have to do moving forward because when we do that, we do pretty well.”
Charlotte’s starters were 17 of 25 from the field before halftime as the Hornets established a 20-point lead and never looked back.
“We’re all out of whack. There’s no trust, there’s no chemistry, there’s no belief. We’re kind of just lifeless right now,” George said.