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NBA Roundup: Pacers Outpace Hornets

  • Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) steals the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) goes up for a shot over Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots over Charlotte Hornets center Willy Hernangomez (41) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Leaf (22) blocks the shot of Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)



Sunday, January 20, 2019

Indianapolis — Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and Darren Collison added 19 points and nine assists Sunday, leading the Indiana Pacers past Charlotte, 120-95.

Indiana has won four of five and improved to 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of 2013-14.

Kemba Walker had 23 points to lead the Hornets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Malik Monk finished with 11 points off the bench for Charlotte, which never led after Collison’s 3-pointer midway through the first quarter.

It didn’t take Indiana long to start pulling away.

The Pacers jumped to a 32-16 lead late in the first quarter, and then answered a 12-2 Charlotte spurt, which cut the deficit to 34-28, by rebuilding a 45-32 lead. Indiana extended the margin to 17 and led 56-41 at halftime.

In the second half, the Pacers repeatedly fended off Charlotte.

The Hornets got as close as 77-71 when Miles Bridges made his second straight 3 late in the third, but the Pacers scored six straight to close out the quarter and sealed the victory with a 7-0 spurt to make it 99-81 with 6:46 to go.

Clippers 103, Spurs 95

San Antonio — Tobias Harris had 27 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and Los Angeles beat San Antonio to snap a five-game losing streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which committed 18 turnovers.

The Clippers led for all but 14 seconds in handing the Spurs their second straight loss at home.

San Antonio pulled within 101-95 with 31.7 seconds remaining on Aldridge’s final basket, but Los Angeles escaped a full-court press and sealed it on two free throws by Patrick Beverly.

Beverly finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Montrezl Harrell added 18 points, and Avery Bradley had 15 points for the Clippers.

The Spurs only lead came on Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer for a 24-23 advantage with 3:25 remaining. The lead lasted for 14 seconds before Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hit an 18-foot jumper.

Rudy Gay had 19 points and Marco Belinelli added 12 points for San Antonio. DeMar DeRozan continued a recent shooting slump by going 4-for-16. He scored eight points in 29 minutes.

The Clippers had little trouble scoring despite being without Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari, who both sat out due to injuries.

The Clippers went on a 22-2 run bridging the first and second quarters, turning a one-point deficit into a 45-26 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Williams missed his second straight game due to sore right hamstring. Although coach Doc Rivers said Williams “looked good” during morning workouts, the Clippers opted to keep him out. ... Rivers said Gallinari remained in Los Angeles to treat the back spasms that limited him to eight minutes against Golden State on Friday. ... Harrell made his 19th career start in 219 games over four seasons. The most starts he made in a season were 14 in 2017 in his final season with Houston.

Spurs: Aldridge has 317 blocks with the Spurs, passing Greg “Cadillac” Anderson for 10th in franchise history. ... Marco Belinelli was 2 for 7 on 3-pointers, giving him 300 career 3s with the Spurs. He is the 13th player in franchise history with 300 3-pointers and joins Matt Bonner, Bruce Bowen and Brent Barry as the only ones to do so while shooting over 40 percent. ... Davis Bertans has 250 career 3-pointers. He joins Gary Neal as the only Spurs to reach that mark in their first three seasons with the team.

UP NEXT

Clippers: At Dallas on Tuesday night.

Spurs: At Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

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