Rodney Stuckey’s 17-foot shot in the final seconds came up short
and Hill, who finished with six points, was in the right place to
lay it back in over his head. Hibbert added 11 rebounds and Luis
Scola scored 15 while Stuckey and Donald Sloan chipped in with 11
points apiece for the Pacers
Al Jefferson led the way with 28 points and eight rebounds for the
Hornets, who have dropped five of their last six contests. Kemba
Walker scored 12 while Lance Stephenson had 10 points, eight
rebounds and seven assists in his first game back in Indiana since
leaving and signing with Charlotte as a free agent.
Consecutive jumpers by A.J. Price and Stuckey capped a surge that
gave the Pacers a 77-71 lead before Charlotte rallied to go ahead
83-81 on Jefferson’s short jumper with three minutes left. Walker
made a 3-pointer and Scola countered with a three-point play to tie
it at 86 and set up Hill’s heroics.
Jefferson scored 16 in the opening half, including a basket that
increased Charlotte’s lead to 15 in the second quarter, but the
Pacers pulled within 49-43 at intermission. Scola had eight points
in the third as Indiana regained the lead 61-59 before Jefferson’s
basket in the final seconds gave the Hornets a 66-65 edge going into
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GAME NOTEBOOK: The NBA announced Wednesday that Charlotte F Jeff
Taylor was suspended for 24 games, after he pleaded guilty to a
domestic violence charge in Michigan. Taylor was on paid leave for
the last 11 games, so he will sit out 13 more contests and forfeit
24 games worth of pay as part of the punishment. … Scola’s seven
rebounds pushed him over the 4,000 mark in his career (4,001). … The
Hornets were without G Gary Neal (concussion), F Michael
Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) and G P.J. Hairston (ankle).
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