After struggling to matchup with Charlotte in the past two meetings, Frank Vogel made a late lineup change and started Solomon Hill at power forward to better counter Marvin Williams. The move looked good early as Solo not only added his signature effort play but also made a rare three-pointer.
But Charlotte adjusted accordingly and controlled the game for much of the night this time with Nicolas Batum teaming up with Kemba Walker to present a scoring threat the Pacers couldn't slow down when they needed to. Batum finished with 31 points while Walker lit up the Pacers with 33 points and 10 assists as the pair took turns down the stretch to put the game on ice for the Hornets.
Paul George and Monta Ellis fueled a strong third quarter surge that staggered the Hornets and put the Pacers in the lead headed to the final frame. PG had 14 of his game-high 35 points in the third while Monta added 10 third-quarter points.
The surge didn't hold, however and now the Pacers move on to Washington where they will play the Wizards on Saturday night.
In his final game with the Pacers, Chase Budinger played 11 minutes with two points, two rebounds and and assist which may be a record for a player with a buyout agreement in place.