INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Tuesday night the Atlanta Hawks traveled to take on the Indiana Pacers, who have been on fire since they last met the Hawks on Dec 29th, going 11-6 during that span.
After getting off to an excellent start the Hawks were unable to match the firepower of Indiana, as the Pacers pulled away in the second half to secure a 114-103 win.
Atlanta had control of the game early, as they led by as much as 12 in the second quarter. However, late in the first half Indiana would come alive, closing the gap to one as the two teams headed into the intermission.
The Hawks put forth an admirable effort, as they kept it interesting. Though, every time Atlanta would attempt a comeback, the Pacers would answer. The Hawks were just unable to match Indiana’s scoring power, as the Pacers were scoring on seemingly every possession late in the game.
All-Star forward Paul George had a monster game, as he dropped 27 points—mostly in the second half. David West and George Hill also contributed, as they both scored 15. Lance Stevenson (14 pts) also played well, and seemed to be all over the court. Indiana had seven players score in double figures.
Indianapolis native Jeff Teague had a great game, scoring 24 points and dishing out eight assists in his homecoming. Al Horford, who got in early foul trouble, ended up with 15 points and eight rebounds. Josh Smith also contributed nine points and ten rebounds.
This is the 15th straight home win for Indiana and the third loss for the Hawks in their last four games.
Atlanta was without a couple of key players Tuesday night as both Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) and Devin Harris (ankle) were still nursing injuries.
Reminiscent of the Super Bowl blackout Sunday night, there was an unusual ten-minute delay as the referees scrambled to get a foul call corrected. The play involved guard D.J. Augustin elbowing Al Horford in the groin while driving for a lay-up, as Horford fell on top of him. A call that could understandably go either way, though, there just isn’t any excuse for a foul call to take ten minutes to review.
Atlanta falls to 26-21, and will head back home tomorrow night to face the new-look Memphis Grizzlies (30-17) at the “Highlight Factory”.
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Written by Darryl L. Jones