West, Hornets pound Pacers
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – David West scored 20 points and Chris Paul
added 16, as the Hornets rallied to beat the Pacers, 100-91, in Indiana’s home
Rasual Butler scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, as New
Orleans/Oklahoma City came back from a five-point deficit at the start of the
period to remain unbeaten through two games.
Desmond Mason and Jannero Pargo each tallied 10 points for the Hornets, who
won despite shooting 3-of-14 from three-point range. Tyson Chandler had 15
rebounds in the win as the Hornets dominated the glass by a 53-34 count.
Peja Stojakovic, who was traded to the Hornets by the Pacers shortly after the
free-agent market opened, finished with eight points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Jermaine O’Neal had 25 points and five blocked shots for Indiana, which also
got 14 points from Stephen Jackson.
A turnaround jumper by Marquis Daniels at the start of the fourth bolstered
Indiana’s lead to 74-69, but the Hornets scored the next 14 points. Pargo’s
jumper gave the Hornets the lead and Linton Johnson’s fadeaway shot made it
83-74 with 6:12 left.
The Pacers couldn’t get closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Hornets bolted out to an early lead and held a 26-20 advantage after 12
minutes and were in front 48-40 at halftime.
Two free throws by Paul had the Hornets in front 57-48 with 7:29 left in the
third, but Indiana closed the period on a 24-12 run.
Jamaal Tinsley had 12 points, Darrell Armstrong 11 and Danny Granger 10 for
the Pacers, who shot 40 percent from the field…New Orleans was at a 44
percent clip…Indiana had swept the two-game series last season…The Hornets
won, 91-87, at Boston Wednesday…The Hornets’ home opener will be Sunday
night against Houston in New Orleans.