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Game Thread #27: New Orleans Hornets at Indiana Pacers

16-11 12-14
December 20, 2010 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Chris Paul PG Darren Collison
Marco Belinelli SG Mike Dunleavy
Trevor Ariza SF Danny Granger
David West PF Josh McRoberts
Emeka Okafor C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers find themselves looking for another bounce-back win tonight when they face the New Orleans Hornets at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Both teams played on the road yesterday, with the Hornets dropping a tough, overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons. Still not sure how they let that game slip away, but that result should fuel plenty of effort against the Pacers tonight.

Hard to say who will start for the Pacers. Josh McRoberts may be back after sitting out last night with a lower abdominal strain. Jeff Foster started in J-Mac's spot but Tyler Hansbrough may have earned the nod with his limited minutes against Kevin Garnett.

The Hornets won both regular season meetings last year with the point guard position making the difference. In their win in Indy, Chris Paul led the Hornets with 22 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds. Then in New Orleans with Paul on the shelf, Darren Collison hogged the box score with 18 points, 12 assists, 13 rebounds, 3 steals. DC also had 8 turnovers but David West made sure those turnovers didn't wipe out the big effort.

Collison played well against the Hornets in their pre-season meeting but a strong effort tonight will give the Pacers a chance to bounce back from yesterday's loss with a much-needed win.

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