Pacers use fast start, closing flurry to beat Hornets 99-90
INDIANAPOLIS — Myles Turner scored 16 points and Thaddeus Young added 11 points and eight rebounds on Monday night to help the Indiana Pacers hold on for a 99-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
The Pacers have won six straight — all without two-time All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who will miss the rest of the season with an injured right knee.
Kemba Walker scored 26 of his 34 points in the second half when the Hornets stormed back from a 16-point halftime deficit. Jeremy Lamb added 21, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Charlotte from losing for the third time in four games.
Walker’s second-half scoring flurry sure made it interesting, though.
Indiana led by as much as 20 points at 39-19 early in the second quarter and still was ahead 54-38 at halftime.
Then, Walker finally got started. He scored half of the Hornets’ points in a 10-3 spurt to open the third quarter, made three consecutive free throws to get Charlotte within seven at 64-57 and knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 72-71 with 1:02 left in the third.
But Indiana closed out the quarter with back-to-back baskets from Turner and Darren Collison, opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to rebuild an 85-71 lead with 8:48 to play and closed out the victory when new guard Wesley Matthews knocked down a long 3 before the shot-clock expired and Turner’s basket made it 94-82.
Hornets: Walker has topped the 30-point mark in five consecutive games. He also had nine rebounds. … Cody Zeller had 18 points and nine rebounds in his return to Indiana. … Tony Parker sat out with a sprained back. … The Hornets are 8-20 on the road this season. … Charlotte lost the season series 2-1 and only has one series win since 2007-08. … The Hornets were 25 of 33 on free throws, were 7 of 40 on 3s and shot a season-low 32.2 percent from the field.
Pacers: Matthews started his first game in Indy and finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists after signing with Indiana on Sunday. … The Pacers have won at least six straight three times this season, their highest single-season total since 2003-04. … Coach Nate McMillan moved within three wins of matching Isiah Thomas for No. 6 on the career victory list (131) in the Pacers’ NBA franchise history. … Turner also had eight rebounds and three blocks. … Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points, while Thaddeus Young had 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists. … Darren Collison had 13 points and eight assists.
Hornets: Hope to extend a 13-game winning streak over the Magic when they visit Orlando on Thursday.
Pacers: Will chase a fifth consecutive home win against Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee on Wednesday.