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GAME RECAP: Pacers 98, Hornets 77

Paul George erupts for 39 points with five rebounds, Monta Ellis adds 16 as Indiana wins it 98-77.

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GAME RECAP: Pacers 98, Hornets 77

Paul George erupts for 39 points with five rebounds, Monta Ellis adds 16 as Indiana wins it 98-77.
Mar 15, 2017  |  02:09

George Erupts For 39 Points Versus Charlotte

Paul George erupts for 39 points on 15-21 shooting with five rebounds versus Charlotte.
Mar 15, 2017  |  01:40

Postgame Wrap Up: Pacers-Hornets - March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 - The Pacers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 98-77 Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Pacers.com's Lauryn Gray provides a recap of the game, in which Paul George scored a season-high 39 points.
Mar 15, 2017  |  02:54

Paul George's 4-Point Play

March 15, 2017 - Paul George knocks down the 3-pointer (his fifth of the night) and draws the foul.
Mar 15, 2017  |  00:10

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 - Pacers players Paul George, Jeff Teague, and Myles Turner discussed Indiana's 98-77 win over the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Mar 15, 2017  |  02:30

Postgame: McMillan Press Conference - March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan addresses the media following Indiana's 98-77 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Mar 15, 2017  |  07:23

GRIII Spins and Scores

March 15, 2017 - Glenn Robinson III fakes a shot in the corner, then spins past his defender and buries a baseline jumper.
Mar 15, 2017  |  00:12

Seraphin Swats Zeller

March 15, 2017 - Kevin Seraphin comes up with the block from behind on Hornets center Cody Zeller.
Mar 15, 2017  |  00:10

Postgame: Hornets Locker Room - March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 - Hornets head coach Steve Clifford and players Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams speak to the media following Charlotte's 98-77 loss to the Pacers.
Mar 15, 2017  |  02:02

PG's Tough Bucket

March 15, 2017 - Paul George drives through the contact and converts the tough basket during the Pacers' big run in the third quarter.
Mar 15, 2017  |  00:09

Lifelong Pacers Fan Attends First Game at 93-Years-Old

March 15, 2017 - Gloria Newell is 93 years old and a lifelong Pacers fan, but had never attended a game until Wednesday night. She talks to Pacers.com's Lauryn Gray about her first experience seeing the Blue and Gold up and close.
Mar 15, 2017  |  02:06

Turner to Ellis to Young

March 15, 2017 - Myles Turner throws the backdoor pass to a cutting Monta Ellis, who finds Thaddeus Young for the open slam.
Mar 15, 2017  |  00:06

Defense Leads to Offense

March 15, 2017 - Monta Ellis gets the steal and then just gets the long-distance pass to Glenn Robinson III for the fastbreak dunk.
Mar 15, 2017  |  00:08

Defending Indy 500 Champ Cheers on Pacers at IMS Night

March 15, 2017 - Alexander Rossi talks to Pacers.com's Lauryn Gray about how his life has changed since winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 last year and his excitement to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May.
Mar 15, 2017  |  02:19

C.J. Takes it to the Rack

March 15, 2017 - C.J. Miles fakes the three and drives to the hole for the dunk.
Mar 15, 2017  |  00:08

Pacers Move the Ball

March 15, 2017 - The Pacers move the ball around on an early possession, with ends with Jeff Teague driving and dishing to Myles Turner for the easy bucket.
Mar 15, 2017  |  00:11

Charlie Kimball on the Month of May

March 15, 2017 - IndyCar Driver Charlie Kimball cheered on the Pacers during IMS Night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday. He talked to Pacers.com's Lauryn Gray about Indiana basketball and the anticipation of the Month of May in Indianapolis.
Mar 15, 2017  |  02:38

Game Rewind: Pacers 98, Hornets 77

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Game Recap

After their worst offensive performance of the season on Tuesday night, a 42-point first half against the Hornets made it feel like the Pacers' offense was stuck in neutral.

Out of the halftime locker room, however, the Pacers switched into overdrive, outscoring the Hornets 33-16 to take a commanding 17-point lead into the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where they went on to win 98-77 on Wednesday night.

The defining third quarter was highlighted by the play of Paul George, who poured in 12 points during the explosive quarter, en route to a season-high 39 from PG, who has now surpassed 20 points in seven of his last eight games.

"Things came easy because of the offensive flow," George said. "Also, playing this team for the fourth time, I knew how they were going to guard me and I tried to take advantage. But, it all came within the flow of the offense."

After entering the locker rooms at halftime tied at 42 with the visiting Hornets, the Pacers erupted on a 23-5 run, sending their advantage to 19 points. Even a Charlotte timeout did little to slow the Pacers, who finished the night making 12-of-28 3-point shots and outrebounding the Hornets 42-30.

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In the fourth quarter, with the Pacers' bench in the game, the Hornets fought enough to bring Indiana's starters back in as free throws from Charlotte guard Jeremy Lamb brought the lead down to just 10 points with 8:23 remaining in the contest.

Seeking to protect the lead, George went on a one-man mission, scoring nine unanswered points, the last of which came on a four-point play. And, to show it wasn't just him getting it done, PG lasered a pass to Monta Ellis — one of his three dimes — in the corner who buried a 3-pointer to cap Indiana's game-sealing 12-0 run with 6:12 remaining.

From there, Indiana cruised to the victory, finishing off the game that was once tied at halftime by outscoring the Hornets 56-32 over the final two quarters of play.

"We know we gave one away and they responded by playing hard coming off a back-to-back and I think we were locked in every possession on what we needed to do," said Pacers head coach Nate McMillan. "Last night we didn't move the ball. It was a lot of dribble up, shot, or one pass, shot. Tonight we saw the execution and ball movement."

In the first half, the outcome was more uncertain as the teams traded leads throughout. Despite an early Pacers edge, the Hornets were able to battle back thanks to Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky III, who each chipped in seven first-half points.

With under a minute remaining in the opening half, Zeller connected on an and-1 bucket, tying things up at 42 as the teams went into their locker rooms.

When the whistle blew to open the third, however, a different Pacers offense emerged, led by the lights-out shooting of George, whose six made 3-pointers led the way for the Pacers in the much-needed win over an Eastern Conference opponent chasing the postseason.

"We played defense and got out and ran," said Jeff Teague, who nearly notched a triple-double with 11 assists, eight points, and eight rebounds. "When we get out and run, we're an explosive team. PG heated up and started making everything and a lot of Pacers were playing together on both ends."

Inside the Numbers

George's season-high 39 points came on a 15-21 shooting, including going 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Only one other Pacers player, Monta Ellis (16 points), finished the night with double figure scoring.

After going three consecutive games with under 20 assists, the Pacers racked up 26 dimes on Wednesday night.

Indiana held Hornets guard Kemba Walker to a season-low seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.

You Can Quote Me On That

"We set some good screens, Myles (Turner) and those guys, and he was coming off and then making shots; but he was still playing unselfish. He gave all of us opportunities to get to the basket and score because he opened up the floor. I think we played well as a unit tonight and got the team win." -Jeff Teague

"We know we can do it. There are times we lose focus out there. I thought they responded tonight. They were all business from start to finish. We know we gave one away and they responded by playing hard, coming off a back to back and I think we were locked in every possession on what we needed to do. Last night we didn't move the ball. It was a lot of dribble up, shot, or one pass, shot. Tonight we saw the execution and ball movement." -Pacers head coach Nate McMillan

"You could see it right from the beginning of the game. He had that look in his eye. He's a really good catch and shoot player, playing off screens. We worked on it a lot this morning but he got to his spots easily and he made us pay. Once he got into a rhythm, it's hard to stop him." -Hornets head coach Steve Clifford on Paul George

Stat of the Night

Paul George's 39 points were the most scored by a Pacers player since George hit 45 during a March 19, 2016, meeting with the Thunder last season. The last Pacers player not named Paul George to surpass 39 points was Danny Granger, who scored 44 in March of 2010.

Noteworthy

  • Pacers forward Lavoy Allen missed his second straight game with a sore knee.
  • Myles Turner had a game-high 11 rebounds. Turner also had a team-high plus-minus of +29.
  • The win tied the season series between the two teams at 2-2.

Up Next

After three days of rest, the Pacers head north of the border to take on DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, March 19.