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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 PM CT22:00 , October 20, 2021
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina  Attendance: 15,521

LaMelo Ball, P.J. Washington fuel Hornets over Pacers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Hornets

  1. The Hornets have scored 100+ points in each of their last 11 games against the Pacers. If they hit the century mark on Wednesday, it will tie a team record for most consecutive home games with 100+ points against a single opponent (Indiana 1988-94 and Chicago 2015-21).
  2. Indiana finished last season with the most blocks in the NBA with 460 blocks in its 72 games played. The 6.39 blocks per game is the highest average the Pacers have had since their 6.46 blocks per game in the 1979-80 season.
  3. The Pacers return three players who averaged 20+ points per game last season in Malcolm Brogdon (21.2), Caris LeVert (20.7) and Domantas Sabonis (20.3). It was the first time Indiana has ever had three players average 20+ points per game in a season (minimum 30 games).
  4. Since Charlotte returned to the NBA in 2004-05, the Hornets have finished with a losing record in 14 different seasons, most by any Eastern Conference team. The team's five consecutive losing seasons is also the longest active streak among Eastern Conference teams.
  5. LaMelo Ball became the third Charlotte player to win Rookie of the Year, joining Larry Johnson and Emeka Okafor. Ball was the first NBA rookie to average 15+ points, 5+ assists, 5+ rebounds and shoot 35.0+ percent from three since the three-point line was added in 1979-80.
  6. Rick Carlisle is starting his second campaign as head coach of the Pacers, having been head coach from the 2003-04 season through 2006-07. Carlisle led Indiana to the Eastern Conference Finals and a franchise-record 61 wins in his first season with the team.

LaMelo Ball scored 31 points and P.J. Washington sank two free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining to lift the host Charlotte Hornets to a 123-122 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.

Torrey Craig drained a pair of free throws to give the Pacers a 122-121 lead with 12.4 seconds left. Craig's foul at the other end of the floor set the stage for Washington, who sank his two shots from the charity stripe.

Washington then provided aggressive defense and forced Domantas Sabonis into taking an off-balance shot that caromed off the rim as time expired.

Ball, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, scored 12 points as part of the Hornets' spirited 24-0 run during the third quarter.

Gordon Hayward scored 27 points for Charlotte, which was facing Indiana for the first time since dropping a 144-117 decision in a play-in tournament game on May 18.

Sabonis collected 33 points and 15 rebounds for the Pacers, who squandered a 23-point lead in the first game of Rick Carlisle's second tenure as the team's head coach.

Malcolm Brogdon added 28 points and rookie Chris Duarte highlighted his NBA debut by scoring 11 of his 27 points in the first quarter.

Indiana's advantage ballooned to 82-59 after Duarte drained a 3-pointer as part of a 7-0 run to begin the third quarter. Charlotte provided a swift response by scoring 24 straight points during a larger 28-2 run, with Ball erupting for 12 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. sinking a 3-pointer to give the Hornets their first lead at 85-84.

Charlotte built a 10-point advantage before Sabonis and Brogdon combined to score all of their team's points in a 14-3 run, giving Indiana a 110-109 lead.

Sabonis made all six of his shots from the field and both free-throw attempts to stake Indiana to a 23-14 with 4:57 remaining in the first quarter. Duarte capped his 11-point quarter with a pair of late 3-pointers to push the Pacers' advantage to 38-27.

Ball answered with a pair of 3-pointers to begin the second quarter before Sabonis responded in kind. Duarte's step-back 3-pointer and ensuing driving layup pushed the Pacers' lead to 57-40 with 5:20 to play.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 20, 2021

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