Pacers rally to beat Hornets

Pacers rally to beat Hornets
December 22, 2012, 10:51 pm
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Indiana power forward David West (21) goes to the basket as New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis (23) defends in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin


NEW ORLEANS (AP) David West scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and the Indiana Pacers overcame a 22-point deficit to beat New Orleans 81-75 on Saturday night, handing the Hornets their 11th straight loss.

Paul George steadied Indiana in the first half with 11 points, and finished with 17 to help the Pacers win for the seventh time in eight games.

Robin Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, stuck in their worst stretch since December 2004.

Greivis Vasquez added 14 points, and Anthony Davis had 10 for the Hornets.

After the Hornets took a 46-24, the Pacers outscored them 57-29 - including 24-7 in the third quarter.

West scored his 10,000th career point midway through the third quarter.