Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/7/12
ATLANTA -- The veteran Atlanta Hawks were business-like, the young Indiana Pacers were puzzled, slumping in their chairs after a 20-3 Hawks run nailed down an 89-86 win Wednesday night. Jeff Teague scored five of his 15 points in the last minute of the game, and Lou Williams eluded multiple defenders to put the Hawks ahead for good. "Five minutes left to go, all of a sudden they seemed like they were on fire," Roy Hibbert said softly. "We needed a stop and they got open dunks." The Pacers and the Hawks, alternately hot and cold in the second half after a fast-paced first half, dueled to the wire. "It's just a heck of a win for our group," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "Guys were really flying around and you could see the energy pick up." The Pacers scored 18 consecutive points in the third quarter to break open what had been a one-point Atlanta lead at the half -- 51-50 -- and take a 77-65 lead into the fourth quarter. To that point, the Pacers had been doing what they needed to do, keep the Hawks from scoring in transition. It didn't last. The Hawks scored six quick points just before the five-minute mark in the fourth quarter, then Kyle Korver hit two 3-point shots in less than a minute. He had been cold to begin the game, but Drew, after taking him out early, encouraged him to keep shooting. Drew wasn't the only one. "I appreciate it when everyone tells you to keep shooting when you miss a few," Korver said. "You want your coach and your teammates to have your back. David West and George Hill led the Pacers with 20 points each. Paul George had seven rebounds to go with 13 points. Al Horford had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, and Zaza Pachulia, making his first start of the season, had 14 rebounds. It was a physical, fast-paced game from the start. Josh Smith and West were running, jumping and scoring early -- West scored 8 of the Pacers' first 11 points. But Smith, after scoring nine points in the first quarter, added only two more. The Pacers led the Hawks 25-22 after the first quarter, but the Hawks bench out-scored the Pacers bench 21-6 to put the Hawks ahead 39-29 by 8:27 in the second quarter. But when both teams sent their starters in again the Pacers went on a 16-6 run, cutting the Hawks' lead from 11 points to 1 at the half, 51-50. "We play the next one," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "It's one of 82. A painful loss. We've got to move on." NOTES: Pacers forward Danny Granger will miss three months after receiving an injection to treat patellar tendinosis in his left knee. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday in Gulf Breeze, Fla. ... Jeff Pendergraph (concussion) was inactive. ... Hawks coach Larry Drew says he likes a couple of lineups and likes the flexibility of being able to match up size-wise. He started Zaza Pachulia at center against the bigger Pacers. ... Smith was back in the starting lineup after missing a game with a sprained right ankle. He landed on James Harden's foot in the Hawks' home opener versus the Rockets last Friday. ... Johan Petro (lower back pain) will be inactive until he has some practices under his belt and is comfortable with the Hawks' plays.
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