Rewind: Pacers vs. Hornets 120221
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: Pacers 117, Hornets 108
By Conrad Brunner
Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 30 points, including two putbacks in the 13-2 run that blew the game open in overtime, as the Pacers pulled out a 117-108 victory over the visiting New Orleans Hornets Tuesday before 10,508 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
After letting a 97-92 lead get away in the final 80 seconds of regulation, the Pacers scored on their first six possessions of overtime, for a 13-2 run that blew it open.
It was the third win in a row for the Pacers, who improved to 20-12 overall, 10-4 at home. The Hornets fell to 7-25 overall, 4-11 on the road.
BY THE NUMBERS
Hibbert shot 11 of 17 from the field, adding 13 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double and 14th of the season, and blocked three shots. Paul George scored 20, including a punctuating dunk in the closing seconds, adding six rebounds and six assists. Darren Collison had 18 points eight rebounds and six assists, David West 16 points with seven rebounds against his former team and Danny Granger 14 on 4-of-14 shooting. The Pacers shot 50 percent.
Trevor Ariza led the Hornets with 21 points, adding six rebounds and five assists. Jarrett Jack had 19 points and 10 assists off the bench, Chris Kaman 17 points and Marco Belinelli 15. New Orleans shot .532 overall.
Granger opened the extra period with a 3-pointer that seemed to ignite the Pacers. Hibbert and George scored on putbacks, Collison made a jumper and Hibbert had another putback before Collison's breakaway dunk made it 113-102 with 1:45 left.
After a loose first half, Indiana's defense finally gained some traction in the third period, resulting in the first lead of the game, 61-59, on a Darren Collison floater with 9:27 left in the period. The teams traded four lead changes and three ties until A.J. Price scored six in a row in the closing minutes of the period, including a 3-pointer that put the Pacers up 80-74.
The Hornets scored the next 10, including five from former Pacers reserve Solomon Jones, to take an 84-80 lead with 8:37 left in the game. The Pacers missed their first three shots and committed three turnovers in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
Extending the defense and pushing the Hornets deeper into the shot clock, the Pacers got some much-needed stops to fuel a 15-5 burst, taking the lead 93-91 on Hibbert's bucket in traffic with 2:32 left and, after a Hibbert block at the other end, pushing the advantage to 95-91 on a Granger drive at 1:50. It grew to 97-92 when Hibbert tipped in Granger's miss with 1:28 left.
Gustavo Ayon scored on the Hornets' next three possessions and, after Collison missed one of two free throws to leave the door open, New Orleans tied it at 100-all on Ariza's fallaway jumper over Granger with 5.1 seconds remaining.
George got a good look at the game-winner but missed a 16-footer from the right wing at the end of regulation, sending the game to overtime -- the second of the year for the Pacers and the first since Dec. 30, a 98-91 win over Cleveland.
With Hibbert and West having their way inside, there was no shortage of offense for the Pacers in the first half. But the defense was another story as the Hornets shot 23-of-33 (.697) on the way to a 56-53 lead at the break. Chris Kaman, Jarrett Jack and Marco Belinelli combined for 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting. Hibbert scored 19 -- including 13 in a row in the second quarter -- and hit 7 of 9 shots, while West had 12 but the rest of the team combined to produce 22 points on 6 of 22 shooting, including 0 of 5 from Danny Granger.
The Hornets set the tone right away, hitting their first six shots and jumping out to a 13-4 lead they would not relinquish in the half.
Collison had the 1,000th assist of his career on a pass to George for a fast-break layup with 3:10 left in the game. … Hibbert shed the clear facemask he had worn to protect a broken nose sustained Jan. 22 in a victory over the Lakers in L.A. … Though he was able to practice full-speed Monday, George Hill missed his 12th straight game. Hill said he's fine with straight-line movement but needs to regain his lateral mobility. Coach Frank Vogel said he expects his sixth man to be available "on a limited basis" for Wednesday's game in Charlotte. … Solomon Jones, who spent the previous two seasons with the Pacers, returned on a 10-day contract with the Hornets. … New Orleans was without leading scorer Eric Gordon (knee) and big men Carl Landry (knee), Emeka Okafor (knee) and Jason Smith (concussion).
The Pacers play their final game before the All-Star break Wednesday in Charlotte (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan) against the Bobcats, who will be seeking to avenge their 108-73 loss Sunday in Indiana. The Pacers held the Bobcats to 37 percent shooting and got 18 points and 14 points from Roy Hibbert in extending their win streak against Charlotte to eight.