NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Atlanta|
(Wednesday, November 7th)
Final Score: Atlanta 89, Indiana 86
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Al Horford scored a team-high 16 points and
Jeff Teague poured in 15 to lead the Atlanta Hawks to an 89-86 win over the
Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
The Hawks trailed 83-69 with 6:34 to play, but used an 18-0 run to pull ahead
87-83 with 32.7 seconds left. Teague buried a 3-pointer at the 1:04 mark to
give Atlanta the lead at 85-83.
Teague's running jumper on the Hawks' next possession gave them a four-point
advantage, but Lance Stephenson came back with a 3-ball to pull Indiana
within 87-86 and the Hawks called a quick timeout.
Josh Smith found Lou Williams out of the timeout and the undersized guard
slammed it home to put Atlanta up three.
Paul George's 3-pointer was off-target and David West's putback was blocked by
Horford as the Hawks held on for the win.
Smith scored 11 points and dished out a game-high seven assists and Kyle
Korver chipped in with 13 points for the Hawks, who have won their last two
since falling to the Rockets in their season opener.
"They tested our team early. It's only our third game, but I was impressed
with our resiliency," Horford said. "We kept fighting and kept making plays.
We were able to pull it out. It is better to get an ugly win than a loss.
We'll take it, we just need to learn from the game."
West and George Hill each scored 20 and George added 13 points for the Pacers,
who have dropped three of four.
"We struggled to score down the stretch, but we competed our tails off,"
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said. "It just wasn't enough. We got some good
looks down the stretch. I extended the starters in the third quarter and they
probably ran out of gas in the fourth."
Indiana took a 25-22 lead after one quarter, led by West who scored 12 points
in the period.
The Hawks shot 56.5 percent from the floor in the second to take a 51-50 lead
into the break. Horford and Williams led a balanced scoring attack with six
and five points, respectively.
The Pacers outscored the Hawks 27-14 in the third to take a 77-65 lead into
the final quarter. Hill led Indiana with 10 points, and was 2-for-3 from
behind the 3-point line.
There were seven lead changes and 10 ties ... Atlanta turned it over 17 times,
leading to 26 points ... Indiana forward Danny Granger received an injection
for patellar tendonitis in his left knee and could miss up to three months.
11/07 23:07:50 ET