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Hornets come up short, fall to the Pacers 105-96

It looked like the Hornets would pull it out. And then, the dreaded, but not unexpected, second half collapse.

Charlotte lost to the Indiana Pacers 105-96. The game went back and forth most of the night, with 18 lead changes and 16 ties.  Charlotte took a 84-83 lead off a Jeremy Lamb layup with 9:32 left in the game. Indiana then went on an 20-5 run and took control of the game. Victor Oladipo continued his fine season for Indiana with 25 points while shooting a highly efficient 73% from the field. Myles Turner came off the bench for the Pacers and contributed 22 points will going 4-6 from three. Kemba Walker lead the way for Charlotte with 23 points. Dwight Howard had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte has now lost 4 of their last 6 games.

One bright spot tonight was the play of Nic Batum. Batum finished with 22 points and was 5-10 from three. He seems to be gaining confidence each game. While his contract so far certainly outweighs his production, he is a good player that seems to finally be feeling less pain from the his early season injury. Charlotte won the rebounding battle tonight, 40-38.

Charlotte’s defense struggled, allowing Indiana to shoot 54.2% from the field. Contributing to that high percentage was Indiana dominating inside, outscoring the Hornets in the paint 54-42. Charlotte only went 13-20 from the free throw line. Charlotte lost the turnover battle 16-13. The biggest negative though was a nasty ankle sprain by Marvin Williams in the fourth quarter. He had to be helped to the locker room. Initial x-rays were negative, but expect him to miss some time.

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