|4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CTNaN:� , February 11, 2019
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Streaking Pacers seek 6th straight win, host Hornets
Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers
- These teams have split their two games this season, with both winning at home. Including their 25-point win on January 20, the Pacers are 15-3 (.833) at home against the Hornets over the last 10 seasons, their second-best home record versus any opponent since 2009-10 (16-3, .842 vs. Pistons).
- The Hornets scored 46 points in the first quarter of their 129-120 win in Atlanta on Saturday, their most in any quarter this season and tied for the third most in any quarter in franchise history. It is their second most in a first quarter, topped only by the 49 points they had against Indiana on February 2, 2018.
- After losing four straight to end January, the Pacers are 5-0 this month with an average margin of victory of 18.0 points, tops in the NBA. In its current three-game home winning streak, Indiana is averaging 119.0 points per game on 55.8-percent shooting from the field while limiting opponents to 92.0 ppg.
- Kemba Walker scored 37 points on Saturday, notching his fourth consecutive 30-point game and matching the longest such streak of his career. Only Glen Rice has a longer streak in franchise history, as he had five straight 30-point games in January 1997.
- Marvin Williams scored 27 points on Saturday, his most in a single game since also scoring 27 on March 11, 2017 against the Pelicans. He went 12-for-16 from the field on Saturday, or 75.0 percent, the best mark of his career in any game in which he attempted 15+ field goals.
- Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 23 points on Saturday, his third straight 20-point game. He is averaging 24.2 points per game this month while shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 45.7 percent on three-pointers.
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The Indiana Pacers, having rediscovered their groove after Victor Oladipo's season-ending injury, will look for their sixth consecutive victory when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.
The Pacers steadied the ship after losing their first four games without Oladipo, who suffered a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee on Jan. 23. Indiana's latest victory came Saturday night, 105-90 over the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers.
Indiana's five-game winning streak hasn't come against a Murderers' Row of competition. Three victories came against teams with losing records, while the best win was against the Los Angeles Clippers. But the Pacers are doing what they have to do and are hanging on to the third spot in the Eastern Conference, ahead of Philadelphia and Boston.
"Wins are hard to come by in this league, there's going to be ups and down. To this point, we had to go through that (four-game losing streak)," said center Myles Turner.
"I think that stretch was good for us because it kind of brought us down to earth a little bit and at the same time, I think it made us a little bit tougher."
The Hornets (27-28) have been hovering around .500 for the entire season, although the last time they had a winning record was when they moved to 16-15 on Dec. 21. They have split their past 10 games since losing at Indiana, 120-95, on Jan. 20.
That's been enough to keep them above water in the playoff chase in the East, buoyed by the All-Star season of guard Kemba Walker. He poured in 37 points in Saturday's 129-120 win in Atlanta, hitting 9 of 17 3-point shots en route to topping 30 points for the fourth consecutive game and 17th time this season.
"I'm just making the plays necessary," Walker said. "My shot has been falling. My teammates are doing a great job of getting me open. They're finding me as well when they're penetrating. I'm just being aggressive, but for the most part, my teammates are helping me score."
Some of that help has come from center Cody Zeller, who returned recently from a broken right hand that forced him to miss 16 games. He was back in the starting lineup Saturday and has averaged 8.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in three games since his return.
Charlotte veteran point guard Tony Parker, who has missed the past two games due to a back strain, was listed as doubtful on Sunday by the team.
Not counting Oladipo, Indiana still has six players averaging in double figures, led by forward Bojan Bogdanovic at 16.8 per game. He led the team with 23 points on Saturday night, when forward Domantas Sabonis (13 points, 10 rebounds) and guard Cory Joseph (10 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds) had strong performances off the bench.
In its five-game winning streak, Indiana has allowed more than 94 points just once. The Pacers lead the NBA in scoring defense, allowing 103.1 points per game.
"Togetherness. We've just been buckling down on the defensive end, covering for each other, playing the right way, we're looking for the right reads," guard Darren Collison said after the victory over Cleveland. "Everybody just seems like on one stream. When we're tied in like that we're hard to beat."
--Field Level Media
Updated February 11, 2019