Hornets fall to Pacers on buzzer-beating tip-in
INDIANAPOLIS -- Solomon Hill put back a miss by Rodney Stuckey as time expired, and the Indiana Pacers overcame an early 18-point deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 88-86 Wednesday night.
Hill finished with six points and the biggest basket of the night. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Pacers spoiled Lance Stephenson's first trip back to Indianapolis since signing with Charlotte in July.
The Pacers trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half after the Hornets went on a 28-8 run. But Indiana closed the gap to six points by halftime and stayed close with Charlotte for the entire second half.
Luis Scola contributed 15 points and seven rebounds for Indiana.
Stephenson had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Al Jefferson added 28 points and eight rebounds. Kemba Walker was the only other Hornet in double figures with 12 points.
Four Pacers finished in double figures. Donald Sloan had 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Rodney Stuckey scored 11 points off the bench for Indiana.
It was the seventh time in 12 games Hibbert finished with double digits in scoring and he had his fourth double-double of the season. He also added two blocks.
Former Indiana Hoosier, Cody Zeller, didn't have an ideal homecoming, either. Zeller scored just seven points in 21 minutes.
Pacers fans welcomed back Stephenson with a mixture of cheers and boos when he was introduced, but every time Stephenson touched the ball he was booed. It was the fifth time in seven games Stephenson finished in double figures in scoring.
Indiana's David West remained inactive with a right ankle sprain while George Hill was also still out with a left knee contusion.