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Pacers hope for better start when Hornets visit

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Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers

  1. Charlotte has won five of its last seven games against Indiana dating back to the start of the 2015-16 season. In those seven games, the Hornets have tallied 130 points off turnovers (18.6 per game) to the Pacers' 86 (12.3 per game).
  2. The Pacers have held their opponents to 30.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc in January, the third-best mark in the league behind the Celtics (28.9 percent) and the 76ers (29.8 percent)
  3. The Hornets lost, 95-91, to the Heat on Saturday while recording a season-low 12 assists. Charlotte is 5-13 (.278) this season when it gets fewer than 20 assists in a game.
  4. Dwight Howard has grabbed at least 15 rebounds in eight consecutive games. It's the longest such streak since Andre Drummond did it in nine straight games from October 30 through November 17, 2015.
  5. Lance Stephenson scored a season-high 21 points in Saturday's 114-112 win over the Magic. The last time Stephenson scored more than 21 was on April 13, 2016, when he scored 22 against the Warriors.
  6. Kemba Walker has scored at least 19 points in 11 consecutive games, tying the longest such streak of his career.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan often talks with this team about the three Cs.

"It means being calm, being clear about what you are doing and being connected," McMillan said.

That philosophy helped the Pacers rally from a big deficit to knock off visiting Orlando 114-112 Saturday night. The Pacers were down as many as 21 points late in the first half.

It was the third time this season the Pacers came back to win after being down 20 or more points.

Of course, McMillan hates to see his team get in such a hole and is eager for a better start when the Pacers (27-23) host the Charlotte Hornets (20-28) on Monday night.

But he likes his team's determination.

"This team just continues to fight. Even when they are down, they dig down deeper," McMillan said. "They find a way to fight back. We came out soft. The challenge is get our head heads up and go out and be us. We said we can win this game. They continued to work themselves back in the game."

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who typically has his best games at home, came off the bench to score a season-high 21.

"Lance brings a lot to the floor," McMillan said. "He brings energy. As I've told him, 'If you are defending, I can keep you in there.' Offensively, I know he can make things happen. (Saturday) he was making shots and Friday he was making shots. He was playing both ends of the floor. When he's doing that for us, he can really help us."

After missing nine games with a sore elbow, Indiana center Myles Turner returned to play 11 minutes against Orlando. Hampered by foul issues, Turner had just four points.

"You could see he was hesitant," McMillan said. "He had an open look and I've never seen Myles pass up a shot that he passed up. We knew he'd be rusty."

Turner said the best part certainly wasn't his performance but being out with his teammates again.

"You can build on it," Turner said of his minutes. "When I came out the fans gave me a little ovation and that's huge to know the city is behind me."

The Hornets played their starters more than usual in a 95-91 loss at Miami Saturday night.

"We're in a situation where we have to win games," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. "If guys are playing well, ride 'em and guys having the off-nights won't get as many minutes."

Clifford said Howard played well in both games. Howard scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against Miami.

"He's owning the paint on both ends of the floor," Clifford said. "I thought the played terrific."

Howard had four blocked shots with the last one his 2,000 career block, becoming the 19th player in NBA history to reach that mark.

"It feels good to play at a high level every single night," Howard said. "But it's kind of bittersweet; I'd rather win the game."

Howard said the Hornets have to get better at fourth-quarter execution. Howard, in his 13th season, is averaging 15.8 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.

Charlotte backup point guard Michael Carter-Williams sat out Saturday night's game with a strained left shoulder. His status is questionable for Monday night's game.

Updated January 28, 2018

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