Walker hits game-winner to lead Hornets past Pacers, 96-95

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kemba Walker scored 22 points and hit the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left to lead the Charlotte Hornets over the Indiana Pacers 96-95 on Friday night.

Monta Ellis gave Indiana the lead with a layup over Walker with 16.2 seconds to go. Walker then split two defenders above the 3-point line to get to the rim on Charlotte’s ensuing possession and sank a left-handed scoop shot over Paul George.

The Pacers had a chance at the buzzer, but George’s shot from the top of the key missed. George finished with 32 points.

Marvin Williams had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who began the night with a one-game lead over Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They won for the second time this month at Indiana after dropping 12 straight on the Pacers’ home court.

Walker, who also had 10 assists, scored nine points in the final 5:08 to help Charlotte fend off a late Pacers charge. Indiana native Cody Zeller finished with 14 points and five rebounds.

Rookie center Myles Turner scored 15 for Indiana. Ellis finished with 14, and George Hill added 10 points and seven assists.

Trailing most of the game, the Pacers clawed back into it and finally took the lead with 5 1/2 minutes left.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Walker is second in the Eastern Conference in scoring since Christmas at 23.8 points per game. . Charlotte also won at Indiana on Feb. 10. … The Hornets entered averaging 10.3 3-pointers per game and hit 11 shots from behind the arc.

Pacers: George has scored 30 or more 18 times this season. … The Pacers fell to 18-10 at home. . Turner is averaging 14.3 points per game since being inserted into the starting lineup 13 games ago. . Rodney Stuckey played for the first time since Jan. 13 after sitting out with a bone bruise. He had four points and five rebounds. … The Pacers are 6-9 in games decided by three points or fewer.

UP NEXT

Hornets: At Atlanta on Sunday.

Pacers: Host Portland on Sunday.