Pacers visit wounded Hornets
(Sports Network) – The injury-riddled New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets try
to halt a three-game losing streak when they welcome the Indiana Pacers
tonight to the Ford Center.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City plays the third of a four-game homestand. On
Thursday, Richard Hamilton scored 27 points, 17 in the first quarter, and the
Detroit Pistons routed the Hornets, 92-68, at the Ford Center.
Jannero Pargo led the Hornets with 16 points and eight rebounds in the loss to
the Pistons. Desmond Mason scored 15 points, while Devin Brown netted 14 and
pulled down eight rebounds off the bench for the Hornets, who have dropped
six of their last seven games overall.
The Hornets continue to play without star guard Chris Paul (sprained right
ankle) and forwards Peja Stojakovic (lower back) and David West (right
forearm/elbow). Paul, was injured on December 26th, leads the team in
scoring (18.4 ppg) and assists (9.0 apg). Stojakovic is averaging 17.8 points
per game and last played on November 24th, while West (right forearm/elbow) is
averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds and has not played since November 12th.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 7-8 at home this season. The Hornets will host
the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
Indiana tries to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak. Josh Howard
scored 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks rallied
in the fourth quarter to beat the Pacers, 100-91, at American Airlines Center.
Al Harrington had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to the Mavericks for
Indiana. Jermaine O’Neal tallied 20 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and five
blocked shots in defeat.
The Pacers are 8-11 on the road this season. They are scheduled to return home
to host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the Pacers and
New Orleans/Oklahoma City. On November 3rd, West scored 20 points and Paul
netted 16, as the Hornets rallied to beat Indiana, 100-91, at Conseco
Indiana has won four of its last six at the Hornets.