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Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Scuffling Hornets get second crack at Pacers
Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Hornets
- Including a 116-106 victory in Charlotte on Wednesday, Indiana has won four straight over the Hornets, each by double digits. It is the first time that the Pacers have beaten a single opponent four times in a row by 10 or more points since doing so against the Magic in the 2016-17 season.
- The Pacers held the Hornets to 41.1 percent on field goals in the win, moving to 10-2 this season when limiting opponents to under 50.0 percent from the field, the second-best record in the NBA (Jazz, 14-2). Indiana holds opponents to 42.9 percent shooting in wins compared to 50.6 percent in losses.
- Charlotte has dropped six of its last seven, allowing over 110 points in five of those seven contests. The Hornets are 0-8 and one of three winless teams this season when opponents score more than 110 points, along with the Pistons (0-11) and Knicks (0-4).
- Domantas Sabonis had his sixth career triple-double on Wednesday, tying Detlef Schrempf for the most in franchise history. It was his fifth career game with 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 10+ assists -- all other Pacers combined since 1990-91 have five (Schrempf -- 3, Paul George -- 1, Reggie Miller -- 1).
- Myles Turner has blocked three or more shots in 10 consecutive games. That is the longest streak by any player since Hassan Whiteside had a 13-game streak in November 2015, and the longest streak by any player under the age of 25 since Serge Ibaka had an 11-game streak from March - April 2012.
- Gordon Hayward scored 16 points in the loss on Wednesday, giving him 402 in his 17-game career as a Hornet. That is the fewest games needed to reach the 400-point plateau by any player in franchise history. The previous record was 18, held by Kelly Tripucka (1988) and Glen Rice (1995).
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There's no telling where the Charlotte Hornets might start their list of concerns when facing the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers have so many options, with numerous of those already on display this week.
The teams meet Friday night in Charlotte, N.C., just two nights after Indiana picked apart the Hornets in several ways to win 116-106.
"I love this challenge to see the same group on Friday night," Charlotte coach James Borrego said. "Can our young team step up and play better?"
Domantas Sabonis provided a triple-double for the Pacers on Wednesday night, but Doug McDermott (28 points) and Malcolm Brogdon (25) had the team's top point totals in the game.
Sabonis seems in fine form after sitting out the end of the previous game for what turned out to be a bruised knee.
"I can play," Sabonis said after his sterling effort. "I would have felt worse if I didn't play."
Charlotte might not have an ideal matchup in dealing with Sabonis.
"He's playing at an extremely high level," Borrego said. "They play a lot of offense through him. He's a handful."
The Pacers seem relieved that there wasn't an extensive layoff in order for Sabonis.
"Domantas comes out and plays that way every night," Pacers swingman Justin Holiday said. "That's what he does for our team. The impressive part about it is, is how consistent he is in doing it."
McDermott led the Pacers in scoring for just the second time this season.
"We did a good job offensively taking our time, giving it to the open guy," Holiday said.
Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said he likes how the team's defense helps churn out offensive opportunities in transition.
"They're so hand-in-hand with that movement," Bjorkgren said.
The Pacers had too many answers Wednesday night.
"An experienced team got the best of us," Borrego said.
Indiana has won six of the last seven matchups with the Hornets.
The Hornets have lost six of their past seven games, negating much of the momentum from early January.
"We always fight to the end," Hornets guard Malik Monk said. "... It's easy fixes for the mistakes we make. We'll watch film, get together. I think we'll be all right Friday."
Slow starts have defined the Hornets in many of their recent games.
"We have to be better to start games," Borrego said. "We're trying different lineups out there. It wasn't just the first group. It was the second group as well."
Friday's game will mark the second assignment of a three-game homestand for the Hornets, who have a stretch with eight home games in a nine-game span.
"You have to stay with it," Borrego said. "My belief is over time, it does turn. But it's not going to happen overnight. You can't give in."
Charlotte guard Terry Rozier has scored at least 20 points in consecutive games after a bit of a slide in some previous games. Borrego said Monk might have earned more minutes in the backcourt.
For Indiana, this will be the third time this season that it faces the same team in consecutive games. This is the first such back-to-back taking place on the road for the Pacers.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 28, 2021