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Roy Hibbert (55), Sam Young (4) defend Josh Smith. (Photo: Icon Sports)

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Atlanta – 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 Hill each scored 20 and Paul 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.

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Indiana 25 25 27 9 86
Atlanta 22 29 14 24 89
Officials: Ken Mauer, Kane Fitzgerald, Derek Richardson Attendance: 10684
Time Of Game: 2:08
Stats: Final
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
D.West 36:06 9 18 0 1 2 2 3 3 6 2 4 0 1 1 20
S.Young 11:18 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 2
R.Hibbert 36:52 4 12 0 0 1 1 3 4 7 3 2 0 1 2 9
P.George 39:05 5 13 2 7 1 1 1 6 7 2 1 4 3 1 13
G.Hill 38:14 7 12 4 7 2 2 0 3 3 5 1 4 2 1 20
G.Green 17:40 2 8 1 4 0 0 2 3 5 0 1 0 2 2 5
I.Mahinmi 8:01 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 4
T.Hansbrough 15:01 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0 4
D.Augustin 9:46 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
L.Stephenson 27:57 3 10 1 4 2 2 0 5 5 3 2 1 1 0 9
O.Johnson DNP – Coach’s Decision
B.Hansbrough DNP – Coach’s Decision
M.Plumlee DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 35 85 8 26 8 9 11 30 41 18 14 10 15 7 86
PERCENTAGES FG: 41.2% 3PT: 30.8% FT: 88.9% TEAM REB: 5 TOTAL TO: 15
Atlanta MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
J.Smith 34:50 5 12 0 1 1 5 3 2 5 7 3 1 1 0 11
A.Horford 33:28 7 12 0 0 2 3 1 8 9 1 1 0 2 3 16
Z.Pachulia 33:47 3 5 0 0 0 0 6 8 14 1 1 1 3 0 6
K.Korver 30:49 5 13 3 9 0 0 1 4 5 1 1 0 2 0 13
J.Teague 32:25 7 15 1 3 0 0 1 5 6 6 1 3 2 0 15
D.Stevenson 17:11 2 2 2 2 2 3 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 8
L.Williams 20:35 4 11 1 5 0 0 1 2 3 3 0 0 2 0 9
D.Harris 14:45 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 4 0 4 0 4
I.Johnson 8:34 2 4 0 0 1 1 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 0 5
A.Tolliver 13:36 1 7 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 2
A.Morrow DNP – Coach’s Decision
J.Jenkins DNP – Coach’s Decision
M.Scott DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 38 87 7 22 6 12 17 34 51 24 15 8 17 3 89
PERCENTAGES FG: 43.7% 3PT: 31.8% FT: 50% TEAM REB: 8 TOTAL TO: 17
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Indiana 26
Atlanta 18
TECHNICALS: Indiana 0, Atlanta 2
Atlanta: J.Smith, Z.Pachulia
 
 
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