NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Atlanta
(Saturday, February 5th)
Final Score: Indiana 84, Atlanta 79
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jermaine O'Neal poured in a game-high 38 points and also grabbed eight rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers downed the Atlanta Hawks, 84-79, at Philips Arena.
O'Neal was 15-of-23 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line. Indiana made 26-of-32 from the charity stripe, while the Hawks hit on just 9-of-18 attempts.
Eddie Gill added 10 points for the Pacers, who have won two straight after dropping their previous six contests.
Antoine Walker collected 26 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Hawks, who have dropped three straight and seven of their last nine contests. Al Harrington also posted 26 points and eight assists for Atlanta.
The score was tied after three quarters of play, but Indiana used 14-7 stretch from the start of the period to grab a 75-68 edge with 5:20 left in the contest.
However, the Hawks wouldn't go away and Harrington made a pair of free throws with 34.9 seconds left to cut the deficit to 82-79. Anthony Johnson then had the ball stolen for Indiana and Harrington was fouled underneath the basket with 3.3 seconds remaining. He missed both foul shots and O'Neal was able to make a pair from the stripe to seal the victory.
The opening half was tight throughout with no team holding larger than a five- point lead. Indiana led 19-18 after 12 minutes of play and the score was tied at 41-41 by halftime.
O'Neal had a monster opening half for the Pacers, as he scored 22 points on 8- of-12 shooting. Harrington led Atlanta with 13, while Walker notched 12 points and seven assists.
The Hawks were able to create some distance between themselves and Indiana late in the third quarter and they held a 59-51 lead after Walker's three- pointer with 2:39 remaining. However, Atlanta closed the period with an 11-2 stretch to even the score at 61-61 after 36 minutes.
Hawks guard Tyronn Lue missed the game with a strained left Achilles'...Pacers center Jeff Foster played after missing the previous game with a lower back strain...The Hawks shot 40-percent from the field (33-of-83), while Indiana made 46-percent of its shots (27-of-59).The Pacers have won seven straight and nine of the 11 meetings with Atlanta.
02/05 22:20:39 ET