INDIANAPOLIS — Myles Turner scored 16 points and Thaddeus Young added 11 points and eight rebounds on Monday night to help the Indiana Pacers hold on for a 99-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
Indiana led by as much as 20 points at 39-19 early in the second quarter and still was ahead 54-38 at halftime.
He scored half of the Hornets’ points in a 10-3 spurt to open the third quarter, made three consecutive free throws to get Charlotte within seven at 64-57 and knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 72-71 with 1:02 left in the third.
But Indiana closed out the quarter with back-to-back baskets from Turner and Darren Collison, opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to rebuild an 85-71 lead with 8:48 to play and closed out the victory when new guard Wesley Matthews knocked down a long three before the shot clock expired and Turner’s basket made it 94-82.
… Cody Zeller had 18 points and nine rebounds in his return to Indiana.
Pacers: Matthews started his first game in Indy and finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists after signing with Indiana on Sunday.
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