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Hornets overwhelmed by Pacers, lose 120-95

The Hornets competed for a lot of the night, but ultimately couldn't keep pace with a superior Pacers team.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Kemba Walker had 23 points and 7 assists, Bismack Biyombo had 10 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Hornets fell to the Pacers, 120-95.

Jeremy Lamb and Walker scored the first 11 points for the Hornets, while the rest of the team started cold. A Malik Monk floater with just over three minutes left was the first bucket scored by someone other than the Hornets starting back court. The Pacers led by as many as 16 points in the opening quarter, but the Hornets cut it to eight by intermission.

The Pacers maintained a comfortable lead around 10 points for most of the second quarter before a late flurry grew the lead up to 17. At the half, the Hornets trailed 56-41.

The Hornets started the second half with a 15-5 run in the first four minutes to cut the deficit to 5. The Pacers were not fazed. They gradually built their lead back it the working margin they maintained for most of the game. After three, the Hornets trailed 83-71.

There was no late push from the visitors. The Hornets cut their deficit to 10 at one point in the first couple minutes of the final quarter, but that's as close as they would get. A 14-4 Pacers run through the middle of the quarter put the game out of reach, and the teams coasted to the finish line.

The 25 point margin of defeat probably does a disservice to the quality of the game. The Hornets couldn't get over the hump, but they weren't run off the court like the margin would imply. The Pacers are the better team, and the result held true to that fact.

The Hornets have a couple days to rest up before they visit the Grizzlies on Wednesday.