For their first game, the Hornets managed to defeat the Pacers in a game filled with twists and turns. Led by 21 points in the third quarter, they were able to reverse the trend in order to win the meeting.
The Pacers start strong
Executioners of the Hornets last season, the Indiana franchise traveled to Charlotte. Starting very strong, the Pacers rely on a Domantas Sabonis of great evenings. Author of 20 points with a percentage of 100% on shots, the Lithuanian crushes the racket and allows his team to finish the first quarter with an advantage of 11 points. The score is 38-27.
An alarming defensive organization
For this second act, the scenario is similar to the first quarter time. The Pacers take advantage of Charlotte’s defensive largesse to increase their lead. Thanks to his 5 major, the Hornets resist but seem about to explode. Always impressive in attack, the Indiana franchise achieves a quality first half and leads 75 to 59.
The third quarter time, the turning point of the match
After the break, the gap continues to increase to 21 points. Then led 84 to 63, the Hornets decide to reverse the course of the match. Following a recovery from Miles Bridges, Lamelo Ball concluded the action with a dunk. It sounds like rebellion. Charlotte will then register a 21-0. Taking advantage of a drop in the speed of their opponents, the Hornets come back and go ahead to score. Weighted down by a bench unable to carry the team, the Pacers seem helpless in this quarter. Finishing with 13 points, the Indiana franchise got through this act completely.
A very tight last quarter
For the end of the match, the two teams will fight a merciless battle. Until the last seconds, neither team manages to gain the advantage over the other. Worn by his duo Ball / Hayward, the Hornets resist against the united collective of the Pacers. Thanks to two free throws from Miles Bridges, MJ’s franchise takes the lead with 6 seconds remaining. For the last action, Sabonis takes care of offering the victory to his team but misses the shot of winning. The score is 123-122 and the Hornets can thank the young prodigy who compiled 31 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists with a 3-point 7/11. Note also the masterful performance of Domantas Sabonis who ends the match with 33 points and 15 rebounds.
In a spectacular game which is undoubtedly the meeting of the evening, the Hornets took their revenge on the franchise which had eliminated them during the tournament of Play In. Capable of the best or the worst, these two teams will have to work on this. point in order to be efficient. As for the Hornets, they can say thank you to Lamelo Ball who confirms the hopes placed in him for this season.
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