NEW ORLEANS/OKLAHOMA CITY 100, INDIANA 91
Carlisle Issues Early Warning After Loss
|STAR OF THE GAME
Scored only seven points and didn't block a shot but dominated the boards with 15 rebounds, a pivotal factor in the game.
"Aside form the third quarter we had a disappointing night. It was another slow start and those are always going to be hard to overcome. And we got trounced on the boards. There's not much to say other than we all own it and we're going to have to get it together quickly."
Points in the Paint: |
Hornets 40, Pacers 26
Hornets 14, Pacers 7
Hornets 19, Pacers 16
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 18, Hornets 8
Pacers 65, Hornets 61
Hornets 39, Pacers 26
|STAT OF THE GAME
After racking up 20 fast-break points in the first half in Charlotte Wednesday, the Pacers have produced 10 in the last six quarters, including seven against the Hornets.
The Pacers head to Madison Square Garden to face former coach Isiah Thomas, who now doubles as President and Coach of the Knicks, Saturday night (7:30).
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Audio: Rick Carlisle's postgame press conference
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Recap | Box Score
By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 3, 2006
Already, Rick Carlisle may have seen enough. Two games into the season, both featuring disturbingly slow starts, have led the coach to consider changing the starting lineup. Though they were able to rally to beat the Bobcats in Charlotte Wednesday night, they wound up fading down the stretch in a 100-91 loss to the Hornets in their home opener Friday night before a sellout crowd (18,165) in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Aside from a third-quarter burst sparked by 38-year-old reserve Darrell Armstrong, the Pacers were a step slow throughout the night. The Hornets used a 14-point fourth-quarter run to take an 83-74 lead and effectively put the game away. Chris Paul (16 points, six assists) engineered the rally and Rasual Butler was the finisher, scoring all 11 of his points in the final 10:18.
Carlisle said he would consider changing the lineup both because of the slow starts and the poor rebounding. The Pacers lost the battle of the boards 53-34 as Tyson Chandler (15) outrebounded Jermaine O'Neal and Al Harrington combined (13).
"We’ve played with a lack of force these first two games and I'm going to take a hard look at it," Carlisle said. "Maybe it's something we can do with the lineup, I don't know. Whatever it is, we've got to change it fast. It's just too hard to play from behind in this league on a consistent basis."
The oldest player on the team continues to be the most energetic. Armstrong scored 11 points with six assists in 19 minutes and ignited a 26-12 run that gave the Pacers a 74-69 lead early in the fourth quarter. O'Neal shot well, going 11-of-19 and scoring a game-high 25 points, but did most of his work on the perimeter and pulled just six rebounds, though he did block five shots. Stephen Jackson scored 14 and Jamaal Tinsley had 12 points but just two assists and battled foul trouble in the second half. Marquis Daniels produced eight points and five rebounds off the bench.
Where to begin? Too many 3-pointers (26 attempted, seven made), too few rebounds (the Hornets had 19 offensive rebounds in their 53-34 advantage) and not nearly enough defense. The Pacers never gave themselves a chance to run and wound up with just seven fast-break points. Harrington had another rough night with four points on 1-of-9 shooting. Sarunas Jasikevicius shot 1-of-8 as the bench, so strong in Charlotte, was outscored 39-26.
The Hornets controlled the first half and led 57-48 in the third quarter when foul trouble sent Tinsley to the bench and brought Armstrong into the game. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and drew a three-shot foul, making all of the free throws, as the Pacers surged into the lead for the first time in the game. But Paul and Butler took over in the fourth quarter as the Pacers went nearly 6 minutes without scoring as the Hornets took a nine-point lead with 6:12 remaining.
Peja Stojakovic struggled in his return to Indiana, scoring just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting, 1-of-5 from the arc.
Rookie swingman James White, the second-round acquisition from Cincinnati released in the final cut of the preseason by the Pacers, signed with San Antonio Friday. "San Antonio's a great situation for him," said Carlisle. "He'll fit in very well there with his abilities and the type of game they play. I wish him the best. He's a very good prospect and a good player right now."
Conseco Fieldhouse was sold out (18,165) for the second straight home opener. The Pacers had 12 sellouts in 2005-06, the last on April 14.
Members of the 1967-68 ABA Pacers were on hand to help celebrate the opening of the franchise's 40th anniversary season including Freddie Lewis, Oliver Darden, Jimmy Rayl, Bob Netolicky and Jerry Harkness. They were on hand for the ribbon-cutting at Legends presented by Bright House Networks, a new exclusive club in the Fieldhouse.
Orien Greene, Josh Powell and Shawne Williams were inactive for the Pacers.