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Aaron Harrison finds shooting touch in second half of Hornets’ summer-league win

It took a while, but Charlotte Hornets guard Aaron Harrison found his shooting touch at Orlando Summer League.

Particularly off a strong third quarter, Harrison finished with 15 points, five rebounds and six assists in the Hornets’ 80-70 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Harrison, the only Charlotte player from last season’s roster at summer league, struggled in Saturday’s loss to a Magic split squad, and then again in the first half Sunday when he shot 1-of-8. But he bounced back to finish 6-of-16 from the field.

“I just knew I had to play better than yesterday, and I feel like I’ll play better as the week goes on,” said Harrison, playing mostly shooting guard Sunday. “I need to be a leader out there and help my teammates out.

“I’m more comfortable out on the floor (than a year ago), but I still have a lot to prove. I’m out there fighting for my job like anyone else.”

Three-point shooting continues to be a struggle for Harrison, who was 1-of-7 from outside the arc Sunday.

Making a point

Former Arizona player Gabe York is making the transition to point guard with the Hornets. He did a solid job Sunday, leading the Hornets in scoring with 18 points.

York said the big difference between Saturday and Sunday was adjusting to how new teammates perform best.

“We started moving the ball a lot better today,” York said.

“We’re starting to see how each other likes to play – getting accustomed to how Brandon (Paul) likes to shoot or where Aaron needs the ball. I thought we were better in ball-screen situations. Yesterday we didn’t space the floor all that well.”

The Hornets next play the Oklahoma City Thunder at 5 p.m. Monday.

The owner shows up

Hornets chairman Michael Jordan was in the gym Sunday when the Hornets played the Pacers.

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