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C.J. Miles scores 23 points, Pacers beat Hornets 88-79 in preseason finale

  • Indiana Pacers' Donald Sloan (15) drives between Charlotte Hornets' Gary Neal (12) and Al Jefferson (25) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Indiana Pacers' Donald Sloan (15) drives between Charlotte Hornets' Gary Neal (12) and Al Jefferson (25) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) drives past Indiana Pacers' Solomon Hill (44) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) drives past Indiana Pacers' Solomon Hill (44) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indiana Pacers' Donald Sloan (15) drives between Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Indiana Pacers' Donald Sloan (15) drives between Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

C.J. Miles scored 23 points, Luis Scola had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Hornets 88-79 on Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

Miles was 8 of 15 from the field, and Scola went 7 of 11.

Indiana (3-4) limited Charlotte (3-5) to 37 percent shooting from the field.

Brian Roberts started for the injured Kemba Walker and led Charlotte with 19 points. Al Jefferson had 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting and added seven rebounds, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 13 points for Charlotte.

The Hornets are limping into the regular season. Wallker (foot), Lance Stephenson (groin) and Gerald Henderson (hamstring) and forward Noah Vonleh (ankle) sat out with injuries.

The Hornets trailed by 14 to begin the fourth quarter but cut it to 75-73 with 5:13 left behind rookie P.J. Hairston, who had a fast-break dunk off a steal and a 3-pointer.

Miles made a driving layup sandwiched in between a pair of free throws and a baseline jumper from Stephen Hill to help the Pacers squash the rally and pull ahead for good.

Hairston, one of the team's first-round draft picks, finished with 11 points.

Charlotte clearly lacked firepower with Walker and former Pacer Stephenson on the bench.

Coach Steve Clifford recently said "we aren't where we need to be as a team" and it certainly showed as the Hornets lacked flow on offense.

Clifford said that has nothing to do with energy or effort, but rather the lack of chemistry with so many players having to sit out practices and games.

TIP-INS

Pacers: David West (ankle), George Hill (knee) and Rodney Stuckey (foot) sat out for the Pacers. ... Chris Copeland had 11 points off the bench.

Hornets: Gary Neal has been one of Charlotte's best players during the season, but he had a rough night. Neal was 1 of 11 from the field and was ejected in the fourth quarter after picking up two technical fouls for arguing with officials.

UP NEXT

Indiana hosts Philadelphia in the regular-season opener Oct. 29.

Charlotte hosts Milwaukee in the regular-season opener Oct. 29.