INDIANAPOLIS – It was a team win for the Indiana Pacers (28-23) on Monday night.
Six Pacers scored in double figures in their 105-96 victory over the Charlotte Hornets (20-29). Victor Oladipo (25 points) led the starters, while Myles Turner (22 points) came off of the bench again and powered the reserves.
The first half of Monday’s contest was about as even as it could get. The score was even at 23 after one and at the half, the Pacers held a slim lead at 52-51.
Dwight Howard caused some problems for Indy early on, pouring in ten quick points for the Hornets. Oladipo was the answer for the Blue and Gold, though, exceeding Howard’s production with 14 first half points.
Indy took that halftime lead and maintained it throughout the third quarter, staying in front from start to finish.
Charlotte always kept it close, however, and even took the lead in the fourth quarter. With 7:28 remaining, the Pacers were ahead by just two points. A Lance Stephenson offensive rebound and subsequent layup was the beginning of a 15-2 run that pushed the home team over the top to victory, though. With 2:45 left on the clock, a Stephenson dunk made it 103-89 and put the Hornets away for good.
Turner, in his second game back from injury, was feeling it from downtown. The third-year center finished 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Domantas Sabonis also recorded another double-double, his 12th of the season, with 11 points and ten rebounds.
While the Pacers received balanced scoring in Monday’s game, Charlotte relied on three players for a good bulk of their offense. Kemba Walker (23), Nic Batum (22) and Howard (22) combined for 67 of the Hornets’ 96 points.
Next up for Indiana will be the Memphis Grizzlies. The game will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with game time scheduled for 7:00 p.m.