Charlotte Hornets

Pacers, Victor Oladipo hold off Hornets, who had won 3 straight

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) steals the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half on Sunday in Indianapolis.
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) steals the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half on Sunday in Indianapolis. AP

Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and Darren Collison added 19 points and nine assists Sunday, leading the Indiana Pacers past Charlotte 120-95.

Kemba Walker had 23 points to lead the Hornets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Malik Monk finished with 11 points off the bench for Charlotte, which never led after Collison’s 3-pointer midway through the first quarter.

It didn’t take Indiana long to start pulling away.

The Pacers jumped to a 32-16 lead late in the first quarter, and then answered a 12-2 Charlotte spurt, which cut the deficit to 34-28, by rebuilding a 45-32 lead. Indiana extended the margin to 17 and led 56-41 at halftime.

In the second half, the Pacers repeatedly fended off Charlotte.

The Hornets got as close as 77-71 when Miles Bridges made his second straight 3 late in the third, but the Pacers scored six straight to close out the quarter and sealed the victory with a 7-0 spurt to make it 99-81 with 6:46 to go.

Worth mentioning

▪  Indiana has won four of five and improved to 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of 2013-14.

▪  Bismack Biyombo and Jeremy Lamb each had 10 points for Charlotte. Biyombo also had 12 rebounds.

▪  Walker and Lamb scored 14 of Charlotte’s first 16 points.

▪  The Hornets were 12 of 35 on 3s.

▪  Indiana’s Myles Turner had nine points, all on 3s, 16 rebounds and three blocks.

▪  Former N.C. State star Nate McMillan earned his 121st victory as the Pacers’ coach, tying Jim O'Brien for ninth on the franchise’s NBA victories list.

▪  The Hornets visit Memphis, where they have won three straight, on Wednesday.

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