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Hornets vs Pacers

The opening contest of the first every NBA Play-In Tournament is in the books, and it was never much of a contest. The Pacers started a new era in the NBA with a blowout victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

McDermott on first out of the gate

The home team set the tone early on, on the shoulders of Doug McDermott. The former Creighton Blue Jay had 16 first quarter points and the Hornets had no answer to the Pacers hot shooting.

Indiana shooting let to big first half lead

Indiana went 7-10 from long distance in the opening 12 minutes in route to a 40 point first quarter. By the end of the half the Pacers were up by 24 points.

Oshae Brissett finished as the high scorer for the winning side with 23, while McDermott had 21. Domantas Sabonis had a relatively quiet first half on the offensive end, but his shooting touch recovered in the second half. The Lithuanian was pulled at the end of the third quarter just one assist shy of a triple double.

Hornets lack of expreience on display

The Hornets never seemed to be able to get off the ground. Their poor defense led to poor offense, and their inexperience rose to the surface in the biggest game of their season. Mile Bridges led Charlotte with 23 points, while big man Cody Zeller followed with 17.

The Pacers will set sights on the late game tonight, as they await the loser of the Wizards-Celtics game for a chance to make it in to the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

117-144

The Pacers will take on the loser of the late game tonight

117-144

It's all over from Indiana!!!

117-144

Darling off the inbound

115-144

Richards on the and 1, makes the FT

112-144

Matin hits one of two free throws

111-144

one minute remaining in Indiana

111-144

Riller with two free throws

109-144

Martin responds with a three

106-144

Martin in the corner for three

106-141

Riller splits a couple FTs

105-141

Martin with a 180 dunk off the Hornets bench

100-139

Martin sinks the three ball

100-136

Stanley off the bench with a hammer

102-132

Bridges spins through the land and finishes close to the bucket. Timeout in Indiana. Less than five minutes remain

100-132

Martin this time with a jumper from inside the arc

98-130

Bridges from three on the far corner

95-130

Martiin with a one handed jam

95-128

Bitadze back at the line, hits both

95-126

Bridges following up the Ball miss

93-126

Martin with a lay up for Indiana

93-124

Bridges on the up and under

91-124

Bitadze slams one home and a timeout coming for Charlotte

89-122

McConnell racing to the rim, draws a foul and gets the bucket. Hits the FT

89-119

Bridges with the dunk on the no look pass from Ball

87-119

Bitadze follows up the miss with a tip in

87-117

Ball at the line hits one of two.

86-116

What a fast break for Indiana!!. Brissett on the alley oop finish

86-114

Tear drop down the lane from Holiday

86-112

Bitadze on the follow up

86-110

Ball gets the roll on the long ball

83-110

McDaniels to the line out of the timeout, hits both from the line

81-110

LaMelo with a three ball

78-110

Brissett off the glass on the drive

78-108

Into the last quarter here from Bankers Life Fieldhouse

78-108

MCConnell with a buzzer beater from the baseline. End of three quarters and the Pacers lead by 30

78-106

Bridges with a deep ball

75-104

McConnell with a close range effort

75-102

Bridges dashes to the rack and finishes off the glass

73-102

Brissett and then Holiday with back to back three balls

73-96

Monk from downtown, he's got 13 points

70-96

McDaniel hits one of two free throws

69-96

Sabonis with three straight buckets. He's getting close to another 20-20 game

69-94

Monk with a three ball

66-94

Sabonis is starting to warm up

66-92

McDaniels with an and 1 hits the FT

63-92

Sabonis taking on defenders

63-90

Bridges leaping through the lane with the hoop and the harm, hits the and 1

60-90

McDermott hits a technical FT coming out of the timeout

60-89

Brissett this time from behind the arc, he's got a quick flurry of 5 and 19 for the night

60-86

Brissett hits an open jumper

60-84

Rozier and Zeller with a couple of quick buckets in transition

56-84

Sabonis on the drive with the left hand

56-82

Zeller on the steal and the score, will goes to the line for an and 1, which he knocks down

53-82

Brissett stretching to the basket

53-80

Sabonis gets the roll on the fall away jumper

53-78

Rozier from the free throw line

51-78

Holiday on the lay up and it's too easy for the Pacers tonight, Timeout Hornets

51-76

Rozier high floater off the glass

49-76

Zeller goes to the line, hits both

47-76

Rozier on the board for the Hornets in the second half

47-76

Sabonis trying to heat up after a 1-8 first half

45-74

Brogdon from downtown

45-67

Back in play in Indiana, and Brissett with an easy bucket downlow

Doug McDermott is out leading scorer at the half. He's got 20, after a 16 point first quarter

Brogdon looks like he hasn't missed a beat in his return

45-69

What a first half for the Pacers, they go to the half time break with their largest lead of the night

45-69

Holiday for three. and why not?? They started the half on fire from three point range, and the Pacers finish the first half with a three

45-66

Zeller on the slam

43-66

McDermott wide open off the inbound

43-64

Under a minute to go in the first half

42-64

Rozier to the line, hits both from the stripe

41-64

Brogdon pulls up from three on the fast break. Indiana lead by 23, their largest lead of the night

41-61

Brissett on the double clutch reverse

41-59

McDermott with his first bucket since the first quarter. He's on 18 for the night

41-57

Zeller on the reverse

Brogdon has 10

39-57

Brogdon to the basket off the timeout

39-55

Monk off the alley oop, after the big block from Bridges. Timeout in Indiana

37-55

Brogdon gets fouled and gets the bucket, then hits the FT

37-52

Monk strings a three

34-52

Bridges of the trampoline!

32-52

Bitadze goes back to the line, this time hits both

32-50

Bitadze gets fouled underneath the basket, goes to the line and hits one of two

23-49

Monk with an easy dunk off a Pacers TO

30-49

Martin with an easy deuce in transition

30-47

McConnell slicing down the lane in traffic

30-45

Rozier with the finger roll down the lane

28-45

Ball cherry picking for an easy two

26-45

Rozier falling away from the basket

24-45

Sumner in the corner for three

24-42

McConnell in the paint

24-40

Inexperience showing for this young Hornets team. They need to find some composure, and figure out how to slow down McDermott in the second quarter. He's got 16

24-40

Sumner on the buzzer beating floater to end the first quarter!!! It hung on the rim for an eternity before dropoing

24-38

McConnell with the steal and the score

23-36

Graham with a deeeeep three to beat the buzzer

20-36

Sumner on the slash to the rack

2-34

LaMelo Ball to the line, hits both. And Ball is on the board

18-34

McConnell from the mid range.

McDermott has 16 points in the first quarter

18-32

2:42 left in the first quarter, and it has been all Indiana tonight. They are 7-11 from three point range. Timeout from Bankers Life Fieldhouse

18-32

McDermott gets fouled on the drive, goes to the line and hits two

18-30

Zeller with another bucket, he's got 6 quick points off the bench

16-30

Sabonis with a lay up in traffic

16-28

Rozier close to the bucket

14-28

Brissett in the corner for the triple

14-25

Zeller with a couple straight buckets out of the timeout

12-25

Brisset with a dunk of the feed from Brogdon

12-23

Washington responds with a three

9-23

McDermott is on fire from downtown

7-20

McDermott has 11 points already, the one game the Pacers won against the Hornets, Doug McDermott had a monster game.

7-20

McDermott with three triples off the bat! Timeout Charlotte

7-17

Brisset with a three ball in the far corner

7-14

Bridges with an and 1, but misses the free throw

5-14

McDermott already has 8

5-14

McDermott with another three!!

5-11

Washington showing the hops, with a big dunk

3-11

Brogdon with a quick step going to the basket, he's got 5

3-9

McDermott from the top of the key

3-6

McDermott cleaning up the miss, on the o rebound

3-4

Holiday to the line hits one of two

3-3

Washington responds with a three

0-3

Brogdon starts us off with a three

0-0

We are underway from Indiana, and let the Inaugural Play-In Tournament begin

Bad news for the Pacers, Caris LeVert will miss tonight's game. LeVert was starting to find his groove in the absence of Brogdon

There are fans in the stands at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it may be a limited crowd, but it's a big boost for the Pacers

Domantas Sabonis has registered 48 double-doubles this year, and the two time All Star is going to have to have a big night tonight

Indiana Pacers Roster

And a run down the Indiana Pacers roster

Charlotte Hornets Roster

Here's a look at the 2020/21 Charlotte Hornets roster

The Hornets enter the Play-In game on a 5 game losing skid, and will be hoping to avoid their sixth straight defeat against the Pacers tonight.

Big news for the Pacers just in time for the Play-In. Leading scorer Malcolm Brogdon is back in the starting 5 for Indiana

Here's a look back at some of the highlights from the Hornets win over the Pacers in April

The Hornets lead the season series agaisnt the Pacers 2-1, one of those wins was in Indiana in early April when Charlotte won 114-97

Both Gordon Hayward (foot sprain) and Cody Martin (ankle sprain) have been ruled out for tonight's contest.

If you haven't yet brushed up on how this brand new Play-In Tournament will be carried out here is an in-depth look at the format and rules for the four day tourney

Indiana holds the homecourt advantage in tonight's game after winning thier regular season finale against the Raptors, but the Pacers were won just 13 of 23 games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season.

The Hornets- Pacers game will determine who plays the loser of the No. 7 vs No. 8 game which will take place at 9:00 ET tonight

We are less than an hour away from tipping off the inaugural Play-In Tournament

Hello everyone and Welcome to Bankers Life Fieldhouse where AS English will have live coverage, scores, and updates of the second game of the inaugural NBA Play-In Tournament between the Charlotte Hornets and the Indiana Pacers.

Hornets have a flair for the theatrics

The Hornets have been a far cry from fantastic this year, but they have made quite a stir in Lamelo Ball’s first season in Charlotte. The boys from Buzz city are one of the flashiest most highlight worthy teams in the league, but that hasn’t always resulted in W’s for Michael Jordan’s franchise.


It looks as if they will be without one of their stars of the show, Gordon Hayward who has been inactive since early April. The Hornets are limping into the Play-In on the heels of a five game losing streak to close out the regular season.

Pacers end the season at .500

The Pacers have been anything but flashy this year, and have been hampered with injuries of late. They have one of the top big men in the game in Domantas Sabonis, but could be without their top scorer Malcom Brogdon who has been bothered by a bad hamstring in recent weeks.
Indiana beat the Toronto to earn the ninth position in the standings and host the Hornets in Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the winner of tonight's game will play the loser of the Celtics-Wizards contest.

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