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.
“When we brought the second team in, they did a great job,” Hornets head coach
Byron Scott said. “This is what it is going to take every night. We need to
keep working. Winning the first two games, especially on the road, brings
confidence to the team.”
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.
“We’ve played with a lack of force the first two games,” Pacers head coach
Rick Carlisle said. “I’ll take a hard look at it. Whatever it is, it has to
change fast. Maybe it’s something we need to address via a line-up change.”
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 as the
Hornets went 13-of-18 from the field in the fourth quarter.
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.