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NBA: Myles Turner leads Pacers past Hornets

/ 02:24 PM January 09, 2023

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Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 4, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Pacers 129-126 in overtime. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Myles Turner scored 29 points, Buddy Hield added 21 points — including a free throw that proved to be the difference — and the Indiana Pacers rallied past the visiting Charlotte Hornets 116-111 on Sunday in Indianapolis.

With less than a minute remaining and the score tied at 107, Hield blocked a desperation 3-point attempt by LaMelo Ball. Ball, who was limited to 24:31 of playing time due to early foul trouble, was whistled for his sixth and disqualifying foul when he kicked out on Hield’s block in the hope of drawing foul shots.

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Instead, Hield went to the line and gave Indiana the lead for good. The Pacers spent much of the game playing catch-up, falling behind by 14 points in the first half.

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They battled back to take a lead into intermission, but Charlotte regained control in the third quarter with a 10-0 run as the period ended. Jalen McDaniels scored five straight of his 17 points during the Hornets burst.

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Indiana tied the score four times on the final 3:03 mark — once on a Turner 3-pointer and later on Turner’s three-point play with 1:11 remaining that tied it at 107 score — but did not retake the lead until the final 53.3 seconds.

Turner’s layup-and-free throw that knotted the game opened a pivotal 6-0 run and the foul shot was part of a 10-of-11 finish at the foul line for the Pacers.

All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, which was necessary with the typically explosive Bennedict Mathurin held to four points on 1-of-9 shooting from the floor. The Pacers bench tallied just 16 points.

But with Andrew Nembhard shooting 7-of-11 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range en route to 19 points, Tyrese Haliburtion scoring 16 points and dishing 13 assists, and Aaron Nesmith adding 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, Indiana did enough to pick up its sixth win in the last seven games.

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For Charlotte, Sunday’s loss marked its fourth in the last five games.

P.J. Washington led the Hornets with 22 points, Terry Rozier added 19 despite shooting just 2 of 9 from 3-point range, and Mason Plumlee added 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Ball’s streak of consecutive 20-point-plus games ended at 13, as he finished with 13 points.

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