“Why don’t you pour boiling water into my eyes while you’re at it?” exclaimed Sean Kelley midway through the second quarter. It was that kind of night: the game started late because the shot clocks weren’t working; Jannero Pargo was sent back to the bench in favor of Devin Brown; and three Indiana starters scored 20 points or more. The Hornets’ game was actually much improved from recent days, and they were in it until almost the end, but the result was more of the same: Pacers 100, Hornets 93.
Desmond Mason had a hot hand, dropping in 28 points. Five other Hornets scored in double figures, but the low double figures: Pargo had 14; Brown and Marc Jackson had 11; Rasual Butler and Tyson Chandler had 10. (Chandler picks up a double-double: he had 10 rebounds.)
The Indiana sharpshooters, though, were way sharp. Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson picked up 27 each; Jermaine O’Neal scored 22.
Byron Scott is frustrated, to be sure, but sooner or later some of the wounded will heal, won’t they?
The Clippers will be here Monday.