Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 Play-In Tournament match between the Indiana Pacers (IND) against the Charlotte Hornets (CHA) on May 19, 2021 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Domantas Sabonis led the Indiana Pacers to a win over the Charlotte Hornets to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Lithuanian Pacer tallied 14 points, 21 big rebounds, and nine dimes, almost ending the game with a triple-double on the Hornets.
“He’s a point forward and sometimes when you’re a point guard you have to score more and sometimes you have to assist more and make the right plays,” Nate Bjorkgren, the head coach of the Pacers said. “That’s what I thought he was doing tonight. He was passing, hitting cutters, making the right play. He wants to make the right play.”
Doug McDermott scored 16 of his 21 points in the first quarter alone where the Pacers had a terrific shooting night in terms of their three-pointers as they hit 7 out of their 11 looks.
The Pacers must win a game to secure a sixth consecutive playoff appearance.
Malcon Brogdon, who played for 21 minutes and had 16 points and 8 assists, mentioned that the team got going.
“Everybody got going,” Brogdon said after not playing for the Pacers since April 29. “It’s the best when all your teammates get to score and have fun. I thought we had fun tonight and that was the best part.”
The Hornets were already beaten by the Pacers in the first quarter, scoring just only 24 points to Pacers’ 40. After that, they trailed throughout the matchup.
The Hornets were led by Miles Bridges who had an excellent game, chipping in 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. In addition, Bridges also played for 37 minutes and went 10 for 16 in his shooting.
Unfortunately, the Hornets acquired their sixth straight loss to end the season.
“They played like a veteran group,” James Borrego said. “They played like a tougher group that had been here before. They weren’t fazed by the moment.”
Cody Zeller added 17 points for the Hornets while shooting 7-7 from the field. Meanwhile, Terry Rozier had a decent game, but it was not enough to challenge the opposing team. The agile guard had 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Also, Rozier had 9 looks from outside the three-point arc where he did not manage to convert even just one of them. Overall, Rozier went 7-20 from the field after playing for 35 minutes for the Hornets.
The Pacers go up to 34-28 while the Hornets fall down to 33-39.
Pacers vs Hornets
24-40; 21-29; 33-39; 39-36
Pacers (144) – Brissett 23, McDermott 21, McConnell 17, Brodgdon 16, Sabonis 14
Hornets (117) – Bridges 23, Zeller 17, Rozier 16, Ball 14, Monk 13