“It’s always tough seeing one of your teammates going down,” Bridges said. “I feel like everybody had a step-up mentality.”
Bridges scored 16 of his points in the second quarter, and a 3-pointer in the final seconds gave the Hornets a 60-49 lead at halftime.
Cody Zeller scored 17 points and Terry Rozier 15 for Charlotte, which has won five of seven.
Hayward got the Hornets off to a fast start with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the first quarter. The Hornets, who managed just 11 first-quarter points in a Thursday loss at Brooklyn, took a 28-24 lead.
“Gordon was having a heck of a game,” Borrego said. “We could have crumbled. We could have given in. But this group will not give in. … This is what our season has been about, and we’re built for this.”
The Pacers, according to leading scorer Caris LeVert, played “uninspired.” He had 16 points.
“I feel like the losing is getting to our spirit,” LeVert said after the Pacers fell to 8-14 at home, which includes losing eight of nine at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“We’re trying hard, man,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “We’re trying hard. There’s a lot of frustration. It’s on all of us.”