The Pacers win 93-74. Stuckey scores 15 points, Miles scores 12 points. Henderson scores 12 points and seven rebounds and Williams scores 12 points for the Hornets. Miles:
It was just a big sense of urgency. They’re a tough team, but we wanted to come out with a sense of urgency and get a good start.
We didn’t put up a good effort at all. We are in a tough playoff push right now and that’s not really the type of effort you can give if you want to make the playoffs.
We had a confidence against this group playing at home, understanding the ramifications of the game. We’re just trying to stay in the fight and we executed the plan pretty well.
The Hornets beat the Pistons 102-78. Williams scores 18 points, Walker scores 17 points. Meeks scores 15 points, Drummond scores 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons. Williams:
Guys still feel good and are staying positive. Coach is staying positive and encouraging guys who are playing through injuries. We’re really trying to push for the eighth and seventh spot and we think we can get there at the end of the day.
The start was one of our main priorities – to start fast and try to maintain it.
Coach Van Gundy:
We were bad, When you’re not ready to play, and it wasn’t just one player, it was everybody, it’s going to be a long night.
The Hornets win 115-100 aginst the Hawks. Walker scores 21 points, Williams scores 18 points. Bazemore scores a career-high 20 points, Muscala scores 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Coach Budenholzer:
Defensively was where there was the most slippage, but they played the way we want to play and did a lot of things.
I did get some pull-up jumpers to go down and shot some 3s.
Obviously we caught a break with them resting their guys.