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NBA: Indiana Pacers blasts Charlotte Hornets in play-in round, 144-117

By Carlo Jay Cabagnot

No Caris LeVert. No MylesTurner. No problem.

Despite missing two starters, the No.9 ranked Pacers had little trouble eliminating No.10 Charlotte, 144-117, at the Bankers Life Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Pacers opened the knockout game with a 40-24 run and never looked back.

Led by Oshea Brissett, who had 21 points, all of Indy's starters finished with double-figures in scoring. Doug McDermott pumped in 21 and TJ McConnell starred with 17 off the bench. All-Star Damonstas Sabonis registered 14 points, 21 rebounds and nine dimes

Miles Bridges paced the Hornets with 23 points but it wasn't enough to carry a Charlotte team that missed the services of Gordon Hayward and converted only 45.7 percent from the field (43-of-94) and 30 percent from longdistance (12 of 40).

The Pacers will meet the Wizards on Friday to determine who claims the eighth and last playoffs berth in the Eastern Conference.

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