RECAP: Charlotte Hornets’ hot shooting helps take down Pacers

Jan 29, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) goes to the basket covered by Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the second quarter at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington each scored 19 points and the Charlotte Hornets recovered in time to defeat the visiting Indiana Pacers 108-105 on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.

LaMelo Ball added 16 points, Devonte’ Graham had 14 points and 10 assists, Cody Zeller posted 12 points and Gordon Hayward notched 11 points for the Hornets, who won despite attempting only nine free throws.

The outcome reversed a loss to the Pacers two nights earlier.

Three Pacers reached the 20-point mark, with Domantas Sabonis with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon with 21 points and Myles Turner with 20 points. Sabonis had a triple-double in Wednesday night’s game and was four assists shy of another.

Rozier, who had three 3-pointers in the first half, hit a 3 with 1:10 remaining to give the Hornets the lead. Graham followed with a 3 on the team’s next possession, stretching the lead with 52 seconds to play.

Brogdon posted a layup on Indiana’s ensuing possession. From there, the Pacers got only one more shot from the field.

Leading 108-105, the Hornets held possession following a replay review with less than two seconds to play.

Doug McDermott had a hot start for the Pacers, but he suffered an injured thumb and lower back. He finished with just 11 points.

The Hornets, who lost six of their previous seven games, were 16 of 37 on 3-point attempts. Rozier made five of those and Graham had four, offsetting Ball’s 0-for-6 mark on 3-pointers.

Overall, Charlotte was 50.6 percent from the field.

The Pacers were only 11 of 35 from long range despite six different players hitting at least one 3.

The Hornets led 64-60 at halftime and extended the lead with a couple of 3-pointers from Washington early on the second half.

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–Field Level Media