Pacers smashed by Hornets in first half finale

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INDIANAPOLIS — Kemba Walker scored 25 points and Jeremy Lamb had 16 as the suddenly surging Hornets rolled to a 117-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night.

Six players scored in double figures for the Hornets (27-26), who won their third straight — and their first at Indiana since November 2008.

Paul George led the Pacers (28-25) with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. George Hill added 10 points, but it wasn’t even close to being enough to extend a two-game winning streak.

Charlotte started the second quarter on a 17-4 run to take a 42-29 lead.

And with Indiana’s defense struggling to stay in front of the Hornets’ deft drivers and potent 3-point shooters, the Pacers never had a chance.

Indiana did cut the deficit to 75-64 late in the third, but Charlotte answered with seven straight points, extended the lead to 89-70 after three and pulled away in the fourth.

Charlotte’s offense appeared to be in perfect sync all night. Walker kept penetrating through open lanes to the basket, and when he wasn’t scoring his teammates were.

Five players made multiple 3s for Charlotte — even on a night when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left in the third quarter after dislocating his surgically repaired right shoulder. Though he didn’t return, Charlotte still shot 51.7 percent from the field and was 12 of 28 on 3s.

 For the Pacers, it was an abysmal night.

They couldn’t defend, couldn’t shoot and looked more like a team that was already on the All-Star break. Only four players — George, Hill, rookie Myles Turner and Monta Ellis — reached double figures on a night when the Pacers went 4 of 18 from beyond the arc. Turner and Ellis each finished with 10 points.

Jeremy Lin spurred the decisive second-quarter charge by scoring half of his 14 points during the initial spurt. Charlotte extended its lead to 60-43 at halftime and maintained control throughout the second half.

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