By Sam Perley, hornets.com
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The Hornets edged out the visiting Pacers in a low-scoring, defensive struggle that was ultimately decided in overtime, 80-71, on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Gerald Henderson led the Hornets with 20 points who were without the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Kemba Walker who was sidelined with a knee injury. David West finished with 19 points to lead the visiting Pacers who have now lost four straight games.
With both teams deadlocked at 68 points entering overtime, Charlotte surged to a 10-0 run before Indiana’s C.J. Watson finally put the Pacers on the board with a made three-pointer with just under 30 seconds remaining which was too little, too late as the Hornets had the game well in hand at that point. Charlotte put together one of their best defensive stretches of the season holding Indiana to just 1-of-9 shooting and outscoring the Pacers 12-3 in overtime to seal their sixth win in the last seven games.
Inside the Box Score
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Hornets on the glass with a career-high 16 rebounds and also tallied nine points… Bismack Biyombo finished with eight points and notched 14 rebounds for his third consecutive double-digit rebounding performance which is the longest streak of his career. Biyombo also matched the entire Pacers team with seven offensive rebounds… Lance Stephenson came off the bench to finish with 13 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes against his former team… Gary Neal finished with nine points after sitting out the past two games for Charlotte… David West (19), Donald Sloan (13) and Roy Hibbert (12) all scored in double figures for Indiana… C.J. Miles made just 2-of-13 field goal attempts including 0-of-8 from three-point range… the Pacers had 19 turnovers compared to the Hornets who only surrendered seven… Charlotte and Indiana combined to make just 4-of-36 three-point attempts.
Hornets Player of the Game
Gerald Henderson took the reins of Charlotte's offense with Kemba Walker sitting out, leading the Hornets with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists. Henderson has now scored in double figures in 11 of his last 16 games for Charlotte.
Pacers Player of the Game
Roy Hibbert shined for the visiting Pacers leading the way with 12 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and six blocks. Hibbert recorded his 10th double double of the season and the 100th overall of his career.
Charlotte connected on 31-of-101 field goal attempts (30.7%) which is the lowest percentage in franchise history in a winning game and ninth lowest overall in NBA history… Brian Roberts made his first start of the season in place of Kemba Walker… Charlotte improves to 6-2 in the month of January which matches their highest win total of any month this season so far.
The Hornets will square off against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 PM in Charlotte. The game can be seen on FOX SportsSouth or heard on WFNZ or on the official Charlotte Hornets mobile app.
Jason Maxiell Postgame Twinterview
Following the win against the Indiana Pacers, Hornets forward Jason Maxiell sat down to answer your Twitter questions for a post game “Twinterview"