It was a game that started off poorly and never really recovered for the Indiana Pacers. The Blue and Gold surrendered a staggering 43 points in the first quarter to conference foe Charlotte Hornets. 122 points is the second most the Pacers have given up thus far (125 at Milwaukee). Indiana was outscored in each of the four quarters in tonight's affair and will drop to 3-4 on the young campaign.
From the statbook, the Pacers leading scorer was CJ Miles off the bench with 23 points. Miles shot 8 of 15 from the floor, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc and is the Indy Cornrows player of the game. The starting five for the Pacers were less than impressive, center Myles Turner led the five in scoring with just 12. Paul George hit a cold streak his first game back following an ejection on Saturday against the Bulls, he finished with 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting. Jeff Teague logged 9 points and 6 assists. Monta Ellis ran into foul trouble and finished with 7 points and no assists. Forward Thaddeus Young did not score on four attempts.
The Pacers bench was cleared out today as we got to see many young faces play some significant minutes in tonight's action. Al Jefferson finished in double figures with 12 points and narrowly missed a double double with 9 boards. Big Al was cooking early. Joe Young made his first appearance in a week and finished with 9 points. j
On the victor side, Kemba Walker came ready to play, firing an impressive 7-11 from the field, 24 points and 10 assists to continue what has been a hot start for the Hornets guard. 4 of the 5 Charlotte starters finished in double figures including Indiana University alum Cody Zeller, who scored 13. As a team the Hornets outscored the Pacers in the paint 46-40 and on the fastbreak 23-18.
The loss slips the Pacers into 10th place in the Eastern Conference, while Charlotte moves into sole second place with a 5-1 record. The reigning NBA Champions Cleveland Cavaliers remain the NBA's only unbeaten team at 6-0.
The Pacers next game will be at home where they have all three of their season's wins. They will play host to the Philadelphia 76ers who are experiencing yet another dismal start to their season at 0-6. Some bright spots on the 76ers include the much anticipated NBA debut of Joel Embiid, who is currently averaging 18.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in his rookie season. Tip off is at 7 pm Indy time.
Here's a brief look at the week's schedule ahead:
11/9- vs. PHI
11/11- @ PHI
11/12- vs. BOS
11/14- vs. ORL
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