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Hornets take advantage of resting Pacers for 119-93 win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Coach Nate McMillan wanted the Indiana Pacers rested and ready for the playoffs - even if the strategy cost them their regular-season finale.

So McMillan rested three starters and watched the Charlotte Hornets knock down 18 3-pointers and eventually pull away for a 119-93 victory Tuesday night.

''My message to them, it really shouldn't look any different as far as how we play even though we have a number of guys out of uniform,'' he said. ''We wanted to give some guys an opportunity to get minutes. We were able to do that.''

It wasn't the same - not even close.

Frank Kaminsky matched his career high with 24 points, Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds and the struggling Hornets came up one 3 short of tying their season high.

Charlotte won for only the second time in its last seven games and ended a three-game losing streak in Indy.

But it was little solace for a team that has now missed the playoffs three times in four seasons and could be headed for a major offseason overhaul with new general manager and president of basketball operations Mitch Kupchak already in place.

''When you're eliminated from the playoffs, you want to finish the season on a positive note,'' Marvin Williams said after scoring 15 points and tying his career high with five 3s. ''Coach (Steve Clifford) getting sick was a huge blow for us. Losing Cody (Zeller) was a big loss. When you lose guys who are significant, it is tough to bounce back.''

Indiana faced a similar dilemma last summer after being forced to trade four-time All-Star Paul George.

Somehow, McMillan took a young team that most expected to be in this year's lottery, led it to 48 wins and the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

With nothing significant at stake Tuesday, McMillan put Bojan Bogdanovic, Victor Oladipo and Thaddeus Young on the bench and carefully monitored the minutes of other key players.

The result: Darren Collison, T.J. Leaf and Glenn Robinson III each scored 13 points in a game that was never really close.

''You grow up watching the NBA in the postseason. That's where you want to play your best basketball,'' Collison said. ''There's no greater feeling going with a team you enjoy playing with.''

Williams made four 3s in the first quarter to help Charlotte take a 37-25 lead and it was 63-55 at halftime.

Charlotte then used an 11-4 run to make it 79-63 midway through the third quarter and the Pacers never got closer than 12 the rest of the game.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Howard finished the season with a franchise-record 53 double-doubles and joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to hold single-season records with two teams. ... Howard also is one of six players to average a double-double in each of his first 13 seasons in the league. ... Malik Monk had 17 points and Nicolas Batum had 14 points, four rebounds and six assists.

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis had 10 points and 10 rebounds while Lance Stephenson wound up with nine points, 13 rebounds and four assists. ... The Pacers played on Fan Appreciation Night in their ''Hickory'' uniforms and Stephenson signed his No. 1 jersey and tossed it into the crowd afterward. ... Play was stopped briefly during the fourth quarter when a T-shirt landed on the court during play.

THE WATCH

Oladipo and Collison must wait one more day to find out if they can win league titles for steals and 3-point percentage.

Collison was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc, improving his percentage to 46.8 percent. That gives him Indiana's NBA single-season record, breaking Chris Mullin's previous mark of 46.5 percent set in 1998-99.

Oladipo, who sat out with a sore right foot, started the night with the highest steals total (177) and the highest average (2.36) since Ricky Rubio (2.32) in 2013-14.

RESTING PACERS

Just how did McMillan decide who to play?

''I talked with the trainers, I talked with (president of basketball operations) Kevin (Pritchard) and I talked to our guys,'' McMillan said. ''Vic has a little tweak. Bogie has been playing for almost a year now, going back to last summer and Thaddeus has probably played more minutes than any forward in the league. So we needed to get those guys some rest.''

UP NEXT

Hornets: The offseason.

Pacers: A trip to Philadelphia or Cleveland for a best-of-seven, first-round series.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
D. Sabonis
11 C
24.6 Min. Per Game 24.6
11.7 Pts. Per Game 11.7
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
7.7 Reb. Per Game 7.7
43.1 Field Goal % 51.4
43.1 Three Point % 51.4
86.4 Free Throw % 75.0
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
  Offensive rebound by Willy Hernangomez 0:23
  Marcus Paige missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:27
+ 2 Edmond Sumner made finger-roll layup 0:40
  Defensive rebound by Edmond Sumner 0:44
  Julyan Stone missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
  Defensive rebound by Frank Kaminsky 0:51
  Joe Young missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:52
  Personal foul on Malik Monk 1:10
+ 3 Malik Monk made 3-pt. jump shot 1:19
  Defensive rebound by Willy Hernangomez 1:23
Team Stats
Points 119 93
Field Goals 46-99 (46.5%) 40-99 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 18-42 (42.9%) 8-31 (25.8%)
Free Throws 9-12 (75.0%) 5-8 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 60 58
Offensive 12 13
Defensive 42 41
Team 6 4
Assists 27 22
Steals 5 2
Blocks 7 4
Turnovers 5 7
Fouls 8 16
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
9 PTS, 13 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Hornets 36-46 37262432119
home team logo Pacers 48-34 2530162293
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 36-46 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 48-34 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
F. Kaminsky PF 11.1 PPG 3.6 RPG 1.6 APG 42.9 FG%
D. Collison PG 12.4 PPG 2.6 RPG 5.3 APG 49.5 FG%
Top Scorers
F. Kaminsky PF 24 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
D. Collison PG 13 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
46.5 FG% 40.4
42.9 3PT FG% 25.8
75.0 FT% 62.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 24 15 2 5 0 0 1 0 6/11 3/6 0/0 0 2 26 +21
M. Williams 20 15 4 3 1 2 0 2 5/12 5/9 0/0 1 3 28 +15
N. Batum 20 14 4 6 0 0 2 0 5/9 2/4 2/2 2 2 28 +15
D. Howard 27 14 17 0 0 1 0 2 6/14 0/0 2/4 3 14 32 +19
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 22 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 9 +19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 24 15 2 5 0 0 1 0 6/11 3/6 0/0 0 2 26 +21
M. Williams 20 15 4 3 1 2 0 2 5/12 5/9 0/0 1 3 28 +15
N. Batum 20 14 4 6 0 0 2 0 5/9 2/4 2/2 2 2 28 +15
D. Howard 27 14 17 0 0 1 0 2 6/14 0/0 2/4 3 14 32 +19
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 22 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 9 +19
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 27 24 7 1 0 1 0 0 10/17 3/8 1/1 1 6 34 +11
M. Monk 25 17 0 2 0 0 1 1 6/16 3/10 2/2 0 0 20 +7
J. Stone 23 6 4 6 1 0 0 2 2/3 2/3 0/0 1 3 23 +5
W. Hernangomez 20 6 10 0 1 2 0 1 2/7 0/0 2/3 3 7 19 +7
J. Lamb 24 4 3 4 1 0 1 0 2/6 0/1 0/0 0 3 15 +4
M. Paige 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 +7
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carter-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 119 54 27 5 7 5 8 46/99 18/42 9/12 12 42 234 +130
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Collison 20 13 3 4 0 0 0 1 5/12 3/5 0/0 0 3 24 -20
G. Robinson III 40 13 8 1 0 0 1 1 5/11 3/4 0/0 2 6 22 -22
L. Stephenson 33 9 13 4 2 1 1 3 3/10 1/6 2/4 1 12 32 -23
T. Booker 18 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 3/10 0/2 0/0 3 0 11 -5
M. Turner 20 2 3 1 0 2 1 3 1/8 0/3 0/0 1 2 8 -22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Collison 20 13 3 4 0 0 0 1 5/12 3/5 0/0 0 3 24 -20
G. Robinson III 40 13 8 1 0 0 1 1 5/11 3/4 0/0 2 6 22 -22
L. Stephenson 33 9 13 4 2 1 1 3 3/10 1/6 2/4 1 12 32 -23
T. Booker 18 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 3/10 0/2 0/0 3 0 11 -5
M. Turner 20 2 3 1 0 2 1 3 1/8 0/3 0/0 1 2 8 -22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Leaf 21 13 3 1 0 0 0 1 6/12 0/3 1/2 2 1 18 -8
A. Jefferson 13 12 5 0 0 0 1 2 5/7 0/1 2/2 0 5 16 -3
D. Sabonis 16 10 10 1 0 1 0 2 5/9 0/0 0/0 3 7 23 -1
J. Young 22 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 3/8 1/3 0/0 1 1 11 -3
C. Joseph 25 6 3 8 0 0 3 1 3/10 0/4 0/0 0 3 22 -4
E. Sumner 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -6
A. Poythress 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -7
I. Anigbogu 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -6
T. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bogdanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Oladipo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 93 54 22 2 4 7 16 40/99 8/31 5/8 13 41 190 -130