The last time the Pacers traveled to Charlotte to play the Hornets they blew a lead and ended up losing the game in overtime. The Pacers haven’t been the best on the road this season. Coming into the game they were just 7-10 away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After a close 1st half, the Pacers came out firing on all cylinders in the 3rd quarter, winning the quarter 37-21. Both teams would have high scoring 4th quarters, but the Pacers would hold on, winning the game by a score of 115-104. TJ Warren dominated. He led all scorers with 36 points.
FINAL: Pacers: 115 Hornets: 104
Game 38: Pacers (23-14) vs. Heat (26-10)
This would be a big game for the Pacers as they try to catch up to the Heat in the Eastern Conference standings. The Pacers would be without Malcolm Brogdon once again. It seemed like Miami led by 10 points for the entire 1st half. In the 2nd half they extended that lead. Things got chippy between the two teams when TJ Warren and Jimmy Butler had to be separated after a hard foul. They were both given technical fouls and later Warren was ejected after he continued to taunt Butler. The Pacers never really came back. They lost this one 108-122.
FINAL: Pacers: 108 Heat: 122
Game 39: Pacers (23-15) at Bulls (13-25)
The Pacers would still be without Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo (who announced he would be returning to the lineup later this month) but in this one Domantas Sabonis would also be missing from the lineup. He missed the game due to left knee soreness. With Sabonis missing, Myles Turner stepped up. He scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a win for the Pacers. Despite Zach LaVine scoring 43 points the Pacers win this one by a score of 116-105.
FINAL: Pacers: 116 Bulls: 105
Coming up this week for the Pacers
Monday January 13th – vs. Philadelphia
Wednesday January 15th – at Minnesota
Friday January 17th – vs. Minnesota
Sunday January 19th – at Denver