The Pacers had six players score in double digits and pushed their season-high
winning streak to six games.
Darren Collison added 13 points, Lou Amundson and Paul George had 11 apiece
and George Hill scored 10 in the victory. Amundson had a double-double in 16
minutes off the bench, getting 10 rebounds, while West stepped up in his first
game as a visitor against New Orleans.
'We just took care of our business. I'm proud of the guys and happy about the
win,' said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. 'We're playing unselfish and that's part
of our identity.'
The banged-up and weary Hornets were led by Jarrett Jack's 18 points and 15
from Marco Belinelli. They were coming off a 97-92 win over Dallas on Friday,
but saw no carry-over momentum in their fourth game in five nights.
They played without Trevor Ariza (illness), Carl Landry (MCL sprain), Emeka
Okafor (knee) and Jason Smith (concussion).
'As much as I hate losing, our guys played hard tonight and they continue to
buy into the fact that they have to play hard,' said Hornets coach Monty
Williams. 'I just thought that we couldn't score.'
Indiana's current season-long win streak comes on the heels of five straight
losses. Vogel said his team didn't overreact to the skid and has been able to
bounce back nicely.
The Pacers, who will face a tough test at Chicago on Monday, snapped a three-
game losing streak at New Orleans, shooting nearly 59 percent in the second
quarter to stretch a 25-23 lead at the first buzzer to a 54-37 advantage at
Indiana ended the half on a 21-4 run after the Hornets had tied the game at
33. Granger and Collison scored six points apiece during the surge, with
Collison hitting a 19-foot hook shot to beat the buzzer and make it 54-37
going into the break.
The Pacers cruised in the second half, going up by as many as 25 in the third
quarter and 30 in the fourth.
Indiana has won three of the last four in the series...The Hornets went 2-1 on
a three-game homestand and will start a four-game road trip on Monday in
Portland...West played for the Hornets from 2003-11 and was signed as a free
agent in the offseason.