Miles scores 20 to lead Pacers past Hornets 98-86
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) C.J. Miles had 20 points and Paul George added 12, as the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Hornets 98-86 on Thursday night.
Frank Kaminsky had 19 points and six rebounds for Charlotte, which finished the preseason 7-1.
PACERS: George played 14 of his 23 minutes in the first half. … Monta Ellis (upper respiratory infection) and Jordan Hill (sore lower back) were out. … Chase Budinger had 17 points.
HORNETS: Al Jefferson, Jeremy Lin, Nicolas Batum, Spencer Hawes and Marvin Williams were held out for rest. … Kemba Walker (12 points) returned after missing Wednesday’s game at Detroit with a left heel contusion. … Jeremy Lamb (right ankle sprain) did not play. … Indiana native Cody Zeller had 11 points and nine rebounds in the game played in Fort Wayne. He made his only 3-point attempt to end the preseason 4 of 6 from long range.
Up next: Charlotte opens the regular season Wednesday at Miami. Indiana, which finished 5-2 in the preseason, opens Wednesday in Toronto.