Hornets struggle from the perimeter
It wasn’t the day from three for Charlotte, as they finished 5-for-32 from behind the arc (15.6 percent from the floor). That includes 4-for-24 from the starters and 3-for-14 from three for Devonte Graham. It was the worst shooting percentage so far this season from three but the second game in a row the Hornets have struggled from three after going 6-for-31 from the perimeter vs. Chicago.
First and Fourth quarter struggles
Charlotte didn’t help themselves, digging themselves into an early 13-point hole behind 30 percent shooting compared to 60 percent shooting for Indiana. The Hornets were able to fight their way back at the end of the third quarter but the Pacers outscored the Hornets 35-19 in the fourth quarter.
Biyombo continues to find success
In his last five games, Biyombo has been called upon and has stepped up to the challenge. Recording over 24 minutes of action in his last four games and scoring double digits in four of his last five games, Biyombo had another double-double vs. Indiana. Finishing with 11 points and 17 rebounds in 28 minutes, he is now averaging 7.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in the month of December.
Indiana’s bench stepped up
The Pacers’ bench played well at home, outscoring the Hornets’ bench 55-30. Indiana’s Aaron Holiday played well for the Pacers, finishing with 23 points and six rebounds, going 6-for-10 from the floor. Malik Monk led Charlotte off the bench with 14 points but still finished -20 in the game. Cody Martin wasn’t far behind with nine points and six rebounds.