Hornets storm past Pacers 122-100 behind strong first half

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Joe Young #3 of the Indiana Pacers goes after a loose ball against teammates Frank Kaminsky III #44 and Treveon Graham #12 of the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on November 7, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07: Joe Young #3 of the Indiana Pacers goes after a loose ball against teammates Frank Kaminsky III #44 and Treveon Graham #12 of the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on November 7, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker had 24 points and 10 assists to help the Charlotte Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 122-100 on Monday night for their best start in franchise history.

The Hornets (5-1) scored on their first 12 possessions and led by as many as 21 in the first quarter.

Charlotte tied a 23-year franchise record with 75 points in the first half on 56.5 percent shooting. The team’s starters were 17 of 25 from the field before intermission as the Hornets built a 20-point lead and never looked back.

Charlotte scored 35 points off 18 Indiana turnovers.

Spencer Hawes had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Cody Zeller chipped in with 13 points.

C.J. Miles led the Pacers with 23 points, while Al Jefferson had 12 points and nine rebounds in his return to Charlotte.

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