The Journal Gazette
Saturday, April 03, 2021 1:00 am

Charlotte 114 Indiana 97

Short-handed Hornets down sloppy Pacers

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – Reserve guard Miles Bridges scored a season-high 23 points, and the short-handed Charlotte Hornets overcame another injury to beat the Indiana Pacers 114-97 on Friday night.

The Hornets got double-digit scoring from seven players. Charlotte was without two starters and lost guard Gordon Hayward for the second half to a right foot sprain.

Bridges scored 16 of his points in the second quarter, and a 3-pointer in the final seconds gave the Hornets a 60-49 lead at halftime.

Cody Zeller scored 17 points and Terry Rozier 15 for Charlotte, which has won five of seven.

Hayward got the Hornets off to a fast start with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the first quarter. The Hornets, who managed just 11 first-quarter points in a Thursday loss at Brooklyn, took a 28-24 lead.

Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 16 points.

The Pacers did not have point guard Malcolm Brogdon due to a sore hip, and sloppy ball-handling resulted in 20 turnovers, twice as many as the Hornets.

The Pacers fell to 8-14 at home, which includes losing eight of nine at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

Notes: The Pacers dropped to 10-19 since a loss to Charlotte on Jan. 27. ... All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis missed the final quarter with a left ankle sprain.

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