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.
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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.
▪ 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.