Player of the Game
ROY HIBBERT
Racked up career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, making 12-of-19 from the field and blocking three shots.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Diener DNP -5
Dunleavy -5 -43
Ford DNP -203
Foster DNP -9
Granger -2 -36
Hansbrough -1 -56
Head DNP +35
Hibbert +2 -52
D. Jones +7 -155
S. Jones -2 -123
McRoberts DNP -9
Murphy -13 -220
Price 0 +20
Rush -11 -102
Watson 0 -49
Noteworthy
  • Luther Head missed the game with a sprained ankle incurred Friday night in New Jersey. Brandon Rush started at shooting guard.
  • The Pacers' streak of five consecutive games of double-figure 3-pointers came to an end as they hit just 6-of-29.
  • The second unit outscored the opposition (40-32) for the seventh straight game and 16th in 17.
  • Failing to break 100 for the first time in six games, the Pacers fell to 3-18 when they fail to reach triple-digits.
  • Coach Jim O'Brien picked up his fifth technical foul of the year in the first quarter protesting a charging call on Roy Hibbert.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Hornets 46, Pacers 44
    Fast-break points:
    Hornets 10, Pacers 7
    Second-chance points:
    Hornets 17, Pacers 10
    Points off turnovers:
    Hornets 8, Pacers 7
    Starters scoring:
    Hornets 69, Pacers 56
    Bench scoring:
    Pacers 40, Hornets 32
    Stat of the Night
    Danny Granger, Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy, the Pacers' top three scorers, combined for 26 points on 8-of-30 shooting overall, 4-of-18 from the 3-point line.
    Up Next
    A three-game road trip opens Tuesday in Miami against Dwyane Wade, Jermaine O'Neal and the Heat (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • END RESULT
    They had the inside working just fine. But the outside was missing, literally and figuratively. Though Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 27 points, the Pacers shot just 6-of-29 from the 3-point line and dropped a 101-96 decision to the visiting New Orleans Hornets Saturday before 13,376 in Conseco Fieldhouse. David West scored 24 and Chris Paul 22 with 11 assists for the Hornets.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers' modest win streaks – four in a row at home and three straight overall – came to an end as they dropped to 14-26 and 10-10 at home. New Orleans won for the eighth time in 10 games and improved to 21-18, 6-15 on the road. The Pacers have lost four in a row to the Hornets.

    QUOTEWORTHY
    Quoting Pacers Head Coach Jim O’Brien
  • “A tough shooting night. We stayed in it and gave ourselves a chance to win." – Jim O'Brien.
  • "We rode Roy as long as we could. He’s really coming along. We’re developing a strong inside-outside game. We’re a good shooting team and to not shoot well is a surprise.” – O'Brien.
  • “I just wanted to come and out be aggressive and help my teammates tonight. I look forward to playing against (Emeka) Okafor. This helped get me fired up." – Roy Hibbert.
  • "I still have a lot to learn and a ways to go but I think I am learning. We just have to regroup, reset and go out and play good basketball.” – Hibbert.
  • “I’m not sure what that was tonight. We were struggling and we must get the ball in and get it down the floor and run. That’s our game. We’ve got to be aggressive and get good looks and knock them down. We’ve got to go back and get better at these phases of the game.” – A.J. Price.
  • "His size and length are a factor. He has poise when he catches the ball down low and he is effective down there. He’s a true center and a handful. You don’t see many guys like that anymore.” – Hornets Coach Jeff Bower on Hibbert.
  • “Against their offense we tried to limit their chances. They’ve got a potent offense and we wanted to limit their shot selection and really crash the defensive boards. When we were watching the tapes, we were looking at how to best defend them and I think we did real well in limiting their shots and keeping their hands in their faces." – Hornets forward David West.

    KEY MOMENTS
    Neither team shot well or established much in the first half but the Hornets came out of the locker room hot and put together an 11-0 run early in the third period to open a 65-53 lead. With Hibbert and Dahntay Jones carrying the offensive load, the Pacers chipped it back to 71-68 but couldn't get any closer the rest of the night.

    New Orleans led 97-88 with 3:46 left but Granger, 1-of-9 to that point, followed a 16-foot jumper with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 97-93. But the Pacers came up empty on their next four possessions while the Hornets got a drive and a pair of free throws from Paul to lock it down.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    The Pacers shot just .432 overall and struggled mightily from the 3-point line. Granger was 2-of-6, Murphy 2-of-7, Dunleavy 0-of-5 and Price 1-of-6. Hibbert was the only threat among the starters with a career-high 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting, adding 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double. He also blocked three shots. Dahntay Jones scored 16 off the bench, hitting 7-of-12. Price scored 12 with two assists. Granger scored 12. The Pacers committed just 11 turnovers but were outrebounded 49-37 as the Hornets racked up 17 second-chance points. Indiana had just 17 assists.

    West was 10-of-21 for his 24 points and he added six rebounds. Paul was 8-of-19 but threatened a triple-double with eight rebounds to complement his 22 points and 11 assists. Emeka Okafor scored 14 with 12 rebounds and three blocks and Marcus Thornton scored 13 off the bench. The Hornets shot .429 overall and were just 4-of-15 from the 3-point line.