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Pacers, Hornets tangle in Charlotte

Jan 17, 2015 - 2:44 PM (SportsNetwork.com) - The Charlotte Hornets failed in an attempt to keep their winning streak intact, so they'll try to start a new one Saturday versus the Indiana Pacers at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Hornets were riding a five-game winning streak until they opened a four- game homestand with Wednesday's 98-93 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Manu Ginobili led the visitors with 27 points off the bench and Kemba Walker countered with 28 for the Hornets.

Walker, the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 5-11, has scored 28 points or more in six straight games, posting an average of 29.8 ppg in that time.

Bismack Biyombo recorded 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to go with five blocks for Charlotte, which made only 38.4 percent of its shot and fell to 8-13 at home this season.

"Against a team like that, you can't have a stretch of five minutes with no defense," said Hornets coach Steve Clifford. "You're not going to win."

Lance Stephenson returned from a 14-game absence with a pelvic injury and scored five points. On Saturday, he'll face the team he played with the first four seasons of his career with before bolting this summer via free agency.

The Hornets have held the last seven opponents under 100 points and will also host the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat on the homestand. Hornets guards Gerald Henderson (illness) and Gary Neal (hamstring) are questionable.

The Pacers are slumping, losing three straight and all to teams with sub-.500 records. The last two came at home, but Indiana hits the road, starting Saturday.

On Friday, the Pacers fell to the red-hot Detroit Pistons, 98-96.

Andre Drummond turned defense into offense for the Pistons. He took a charge from Roy Hibbert with 23.9 seconds left and then tipped in the winning shot with 0.3 seconds remaining.

"It was definitely a difficult game. It was in our favor. We just have to learn to put games away," Indiana forward Solomon Hill said.

Hibbert had 14 points, while David West and Damjan Rudez each scored 13 for the Pacers. Ian Mahinmi finished with 12, followed by 11 from Donald Sloan and 10 out of Hill.

After their stop in Charlotte, the Pacers will also visit the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic on this sojourn through the southern part of America.

The Pacers edged the Hornets, 88-86, on Nov. 19, as Hill's putback as time expired sealed the win for Indiana. Al Jefferson posted 28 points in that one for Charlotte, which has lost 16 of the last 19 games in this series.

Indiana and Charlotte will meet again Feb. 8 and April 3.