The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 February 2006

Off the pace

The Hornets kept within striking distance of Indiana for the first twenty-four minutes, but the Pacers held the Bees to 17 points in the third quarter (and 15 in the fourth) and won it going away, 97-75.

Both teams were missing key players — Jermaine O'Neal was inactive for the Pacers, and David West was away from the Bees — but Indiana, with five players in double figures, was able to shrug off O'Neal's absence. Chris Paul had a welcome return to form with 27 points, hitting 8 of 15 including three treys, but the rest of the team shot a miserable 29 percent.

In the fourth quarter, the benches were emptied, and all the Hornets (except J. R. Smith, who was bumped to inactive) got at least six minutes of playing time; neither Jackson Vroman (who started in place of West) nor Brandon Bass scored, but each hauled down three boards.

Macas Watch: Arvydas Macijauskas played nine and a half minutes, scored four points and pulled off a steal.

Tomorrow the Jazz come to the Ford Center; Saturday the Bees fly to Salt Lake City to play the same Jazz.

Posted at 8:22 PM to Net Proceeds