Sabonis scores 21 points to lead Pacers over Hornets, 119-80

Sabonis scores 21 points to lead Pacers over Hornets, 119-80
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) is surrounded by Charlotte Hornets defenders Bismack Biyombo (8), Jalen McDaniels (6) and Cody Martin (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The Pacers won 119-80. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 119-80 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.

T.J. Warren scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Justin Holiday had 16 points for the short-handed Pacers (34-24), who bounced back from a blowout in Toronto for a third win in four games.

Miles Bridges scored 17 points and Caleb Martin had 11 for the Hornets (19-38), who have lost two in a row after a stretch of three straight wins — all on the road.

The Pacers controlled much of the game without two regular starters.

They were without Jeremy Lamb for the first time since a season-ending left knee injury suffered in their 127-81 loss at Toronto on Sunday. He will undergo surgery, but Pacers coach Nate McMillan said no date has yet been scheduled and Lamb could seek a second opinion first.

Victor Oladipo was out for a second straight game with a sore lower back. He appeared in eight games after missing the first 47 games of the season while recovering from a right knee injury.

Indiana put the game away for good with a 12-2 run to open the second half. Warren scored on a jumper to put the Pacers ahead 81-46 with 8:43 remaining in the third quarter.

They led by as much as 43 points when JaKarr Sampson made a layup to make it 102-59 with 8:41 to play.

The Pacers built an early lead with an 18-2 run in the first half. Warren had a layup to put Indiana ahead 56-32 with 5:33 to go in the second quarter. The Pacers led by as much as 27 points after Warren scored with 3:53 to go in the half.

Indiana led 69-44 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Hornets: G Devonte’ Graham (rest) was active but didn’t play. … G Malik Monk scored eight points in his first career start. … Charlotte finished shooting 33% from the field.

Pacers: C Myles Turner had a career-high eight blocked shots. … Indiana shot 68.3% in the first half. … G Edmond Sumner was out with a sore left hip.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host New York on Wednesday night.

Pacers: Host Portland on Thursday night.

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