CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tyrese Haliburton had 22 points and 11 assists, Myles Turner added 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat Charlotte 125-113 on Wednesday night in a game in which Hornets guard LaMelo Ball re-injured his left ankle.
Bennedict Mathurin had 20 points off the bench, including Indiana’s first 10 points of the fourth quarter, and the Pacers won for the sixth time in eight games. Buddy Heidl added 19 points.
Ball finished with 26 points for the Hornets, but left with 1:34 left when he re-injured his left ankle — the same one that kept him out of the first 13 games of the season.
Ball was hurt attempting to save a ball from going out of bounds. He immediately limped toward the bench and then headed straight to the locker room. There was no immediate word on the extent of the injury.
It was Ball's third game back, but his first at home and he received a huge ovation during pre-game warmups.
P.J. Washington scored 24 points, and Kelly Oubre had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets. They've lost nine of their last 10 games.
The Pacers outscored the Hornets 21-9 in the final five minutes to break open a tie game. Haliburton, who is in the midst of a huge season, was big down the stretch, capping an 11-2 run with a step back 3-pointer over Ball's outstretched hand.
Mathurin was huge too, scoring Indiana's first 10 points of the fourth quarter to give the Pacers a 100-95 lead turning the momentum of the game.
Charlotte looked good early but couldn't sustain the lead.
The Hornets, who came into the night second-to-last in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage at 31.2%, missed 11 of their first 12 shots from beyond the arc before P.J. Washington began to heat up. Washington had 11 points in the second quarter, helping Charlotte build a 13-point lead.
Pacers: Were outrebounded 43-34.
Hornets: Oubre had a career-high seven offensive rebounds.
Pacers: At Houston on Friday night.
Hornets: At Cleveland on Friday night.
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Steve Reed, The Associated Press