Hornets beat Pacers to extend home win streak to eight games

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Kemba Walker tied a season high with 32 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 1:10 left as the Charlotte Hornets extended their home winning streak to eight games with a 121-118 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

In a battle of Eastern Conference playoff teams, the Hornets overcame a 22-point first-half deficit to move five games above .500. Walker, who tied his high for points in a game this season, added 11 assists to support Mike Muscala, who had 19 points.

The Hornets closed to within two in the final minute after Gordon Hayward hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana an 117-114 lead with 1:14 left. Walker then hit a fadeaway baseline shot with 1:08 remaining to tie the game at 117.

Will Barton’s bucket with 22 seconds left gave Charlotte the lead for good and Indiana was unable to score again in a game that featured 17 lead changes and 11 ties. Charlotte forward Jeremy Lamb collected 15 points.

In other games, Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and Daniel Theis made the go-ahead layup with 9.3 seconds left, helping the Boston Celtics past the struggling Atlanta Hawks 120-118. Tatum made 10 of 12 shots from the field as Boston improved to 16-8 against Eastern Conference opponents.

Tatum hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 118 with 50 seconds left, and Theis sank a hook shot to put the Celtics in front to stay.

Dennis Schroder scored 33 points for the Hawks, who have lost five straight and eight of nine. Trae Young finished with 24 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

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