Originally created 03/19/00

Rose leads Pacers past Hornets



INDIANAPOLIS -- Jalen Rose is still hot, and so are the Indiana Pacers.

Coming off consecutive games of 32 and a career-high 35 points, Rose led six Pacers in double figures Saturday night, scoring 22 in a 113-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

"It's a team game," Rose said. "Anytime you have several guys that come to play, that are able to put the ball in the basket and are able to play both ends of the floor, it makes everyone else's job that much easier. It makes you want to go out and contribute."

The Pacers led by as many as 23 points in the first half. Derrick Coleman, who had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, led a rally that cut the lead to 11 in the third quarter. A basket by Reggie Miller and a 3-pointer by Mark Jackson helped Indiana pull away to a 19-point lead before a final run by Charlotte in the closing minutes.

"I try to figure out what I'm going to have to do to have the advantage against the guy that's guarding me," Rose said. "I knew today it was going to be Anthony Mason, so I felt that basically I could find shots. It was just a matter of which ones I was going to take, and if they were going to go in or not."

Miller finished with 20 points, Travis Best came off the bench for 18, Rik Smits added 16 points and 12 rebounds, Jackson finished with 12 and Sam Perkins had 10. Elden Campbell had 21 points and Eddie Jones 14 for the Hornets. Mason had 8 points.

"They got out on the break and are a good transition team," Mason said. "We know we have to get back, but we just didn't. We're not playing well right now. ... This was typical Pacers basketball -- they hit their shots."

A 3-pointer by Miller gave Indiana its first lead at 15-14, then after David Wesley gave Charlotte its final lead, Miller had seven points during an 18-2 run that put the Pacers in control. Indiana took a 35-23 lead after one quarter and, with reserves playing most of the second period, widened the lead to 64-41 late in the quarter.

"We've been more aggressive, and things are going our way right now," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "We've been on a roll, we're playing harder, and when we play hard good things happen."

Coleman was the only consistent scorer for the Hornets, hitting 6-of-9 shots in the second quarter. His basket and free throw cut Indiana's lead to 64-44, starting a 10-2 run in the closing minutes before halftime.

Two free throws by Campbell pulled Charlotte to 66-48 with four seconds to go, then Coleman stole the inbounds pass, retreated behind the 3-point line and scored at the buzzer to cut Indiana's lead to 66-51 at the break.

"They go into halftime feeling like they have the opportunity to win the game, as opposed to thinking we were going to blow them away," Rose said. "We felt they were going to make a run. Fortunately, they didn't make a huge run."

The Hornets are 9-27 this season when they do not reach 100 points.

"We just didn't have enough production to overcome them," Charlotte coach Paul silas said. "There's nothing wrong with our defense, but they way they shoot makes our defense look bad. When you are not scoring well, it looks like everything isn't falling into place, and when you do shoot well, everything falls into place."

Charlotte shot 42 percent to the Pacers' 53 percent.

"We had the shots, they just weren't falling," Silas said.

Notes: The game was Silas' 100th as Hornets coach (57-43). He previously coached three years with the Clippers. ... Mason had 10 rebounds to pass Alonzo Mourning for second in Charlotte career rebounding with 2,181. ... The Pacers are 33-5 when scoring at least 100 points. ... The Pacers' Dale Davis missed his fourth straight game with a pulled left hamstring. ... Indiana, which had an NBA-season high 32 turnovers in a loss at Charlotte in November, had 12 errors to six for the Hornets. ... A 3-pointer by Perkins late in the second quarter put him over 15,000 points for his 15-year career. He now has 15,008... Coupled with Milwaukee's loss to New Jersey, the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers moved within one game of clinching a playoff spot.