The Indiana Pacers were unable to stage another big comeback, falling to the Charlotte Hornets on the road. The Pacers never led, and a pitiful first half effort put them down by 24 points. Indiana climbed back in the game in the second half, but were unable to get stops after buckets, keeping them from drawing any closer than seven.
The Hornets brought extra fight, winning the turnover game big, outscoring the Pacers 15-5 in points off turnovers. Charlotte also owned the free throw line, topping Indiana 19-2. For the game, the Pacers had just three attempts, while also getting beaten handily on the offensive glass 13-6 (and -9 rebounding overall).
Paul George led the way with 36 points and 10 rebounds, hitting six of Indiana’s 12 three pointers, but didn’t work his way to the line at all. In fact, only Jeff Teague (1-2) and Monta Ellis (on a three point play) had any trips to the line, with Ellis scoring 12 of the bench’s 16 points on the night (losing 21-16).
C.J. Miles was the only other Pacer in double figures with 16 points, hitting four three pointers himself. Glenn Robinson III had just two points after his double figure game yesterday, but did have six rebounds, leading Indiana in offensive boards with two. Myles Turner also had six boards, sending away three blocks.
Indiana’s second night of a back-to-back woes continue, dropping to 3-11 on the season and 0-7 on the road. Seven of those losses have been double figure losses, including their last four back-to-back games. That trend seemingly guarantees at least two more blowout losses for the Pacers as they continue to be eternally befuddled by second nights.
The loss tightens up the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race, however, with the 6th place Pacers just one game up on the 7th and 8th place Pistons and Bulls. The Pacers will return home to host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, facing not only an opportunity to sweep the season series, but build that distance between them and Detroit back up.