Pac­ers Power Past Hor­nets

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NEW YORK (AFP) - Vic­tor Oladipo and Myles Turner com­bined for 47 points as the In­di­ana Pac­ers won their sec­ond straight with a 105-96 win over the strug­gling Char­lotte Hor­nets on Mon­day.

The teams bat­tled back and forth for the first three quar­ters be­fore the Pac­ers pulled away late in the fourth with a 13-4 run.

Oladipo sparked the surge with a 19-footer and by the time the run was over, the Pac­ers had boosted their lead to 94-86 with six min­utes re­main­ing. They took over af­ter that.

Oladipo scored a team-high 25 points for the Pac­ers, who have won two in a row and four of five.

“Ev­ery­body con­trib­uted,” Oladipo said. “It’s a col­lec­tive team thing. We had to do a great job of play­ing team de­fense, mak­ing them work. I think we did a great job of that tonight.”

Six play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures, in­clud­ing Thad­deus Young with 16 points and Dar­ren Col­li­son with 13. Do­man­tas Sabo­nis had his 12th dou­ble­dou­ble this sea­son with 11 points and 10 re­bounds.

“We fi­nally found our groove in the fourth and wore them down,” Young said.

Kemba Walker fin­ished with 23 points and three three-point­ers to lead the Hor­nets, who have lost two straight games and four of six.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 11 re­bounds, while Ni­co­las Ba­tum made five threes and fin­ished with 22 points for Char­lotte.

A Turner three-poin­ter started a 7-0 run that ex­tended the lead to 103-89 with 2:46 left. That marked the big­gest lead of the game for In­di­ana.

Char­lotte even­tu­ally cut the deficit to sin­gle dig­its in the fi­nal minute of the con­test that in­cluded 18 lead changes.

The Pac­ers’ next game is tonight, when they host Mem­phis. In Den­ver, Kyrie Irv­ing de­liv­ered 27 points and Jaylen Brown rat­tled in a clutch three poin­ter with 34 sec­onds left as the Bos­ton Celtics edged the Den­ver Nuggets 111-110.

Irv­ing scored 10 points in the fourth quar­ter and shot 11-of-17 from the field over­all for the Celtics, who won their sec­ond game in their last seven.

Jayson Ta­tum added 20 points and Mar­cus Mor­ris came off the bench to score 14.

Brown’s three poin­ter from the left cor­ner turned out to be the game-win­ning shot. Den­ver had a chance to win in dra­matic fash­ion at the end but Will Bar­ton’s long at­tempt from three-point range was late and wide.

“They put us in some tough spots and I thought our guys bat­tled,” said Bos­ton coach Brad Stevens. “We missed some good op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fence. But we found a way.”

Nikola Jo­kic fin­ished with 24 points and 11 re­bounds. Bar­ton scored 19, Gary Har­ris 15 and Ja­mal Murray 14.

Ma­son Plum­lee had 16 points and eight re­bounds be­fore he left with a leg in­jury in the fourth.

The Celtics beat Den­ver for the sec­ond time this sea­son, also win­ning 124-118 on De­cem­ber 13.

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