Paul George scored 14 of his 26 points in the first quarter. (Photo: Frank McGrath/Pacers)

Paul George scored 14 of his 26 points in the first quarter. (Photo: Frank McGrath/Pacers)


pacers_hawks_score_WPThe Sports Network

Paul George had 26 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks, 108-98, on Tuesday night.

David West tallied 17 points and six rebounds, while Lance Stephenson added 13 points, seven assists and five boards for Indiana, which dropped 2-of-3 heading into the All-Star break.

“We started the season 9-0 and 16-1 but we haven’t reached that sort of winning level since then,” said Indiana coach Frank Vogel. “Now that the dog days of the season are behind us, we want to start the second half as well as we started the first half.”

Kyle Korver, who was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and netted 19 points for Atlanta, extended his NBA record streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer to 121.

The Hawks have lost six in a row.

George netted nine quick points as the Pacers raced out to a 22-5 advantage a little before the midway point of the opening frame.

Stephenson’s short jumper extended to the margin to 31-9 a few minutes later, but the Hawks closed to stanza on a 14-4 run to cut the deficit to 35-23 after a quarter of play.

A Korver triple and jumper capped a 7-0 Atlanta spurt during the middle stages of the second and cut the gap to 46-41.

Indiana led 57-49 at the break.

George netted eight points during a 16-5 surge to begin the second half and his second 3-pointer during the flurry staked Indiana to a 73-54 lead.

“It was good to see him get his legs back under him and let the game come to him a little bit more,” said Vogel of George, who had been mired in a 10-game shooting slump in which he hit just 32 percent from the field.

The Pacers took an 87-75 cushion into the fourth, where they cruised to the easy win.

Notes: The Pacers scored 35 points off 22 Atlanta turnovers … Indiana shot 49.4 percent (39-of-79) from the field and sunk 21-of-26 (80.8 percent) foul shots … Roy Hibbert blocked four shots for Indiana.

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Atlanta 23 26 26 23 98
Indiana 35 22 30 21 108
Officials:  Bill Spooner, Mark Ayotte, Zach Zarba Attendance:  18165
Time Of Game: 2:07
Stats: Final
Atlanta MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
C.Martin 20:18 4 7 3 5 1 2 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 1 12
P.Millsap 28:17 3 10 0 2 1 4 2 6 8 4 4 2 3 1 7
G.Ayon 6:53 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 0
K.Korver 33:04 7 10 5 7 0 0 1 3 4 5 3 1 3 0 19
J.Teague 32:44 3 8 0 2 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 4 0 8
E.Brand 30:12 4 10 0 0 0 3 5 3 8 1 5 1 1 0 8
L.Williams 29:33 6 9 2 3 4 4 0 0 0 3 3 1 3 0 18
S.Mack 25:42 5 8 1 3 0 0 1 5 6 8 2 1 4 0 11
M.Scott 24:58 5 9 1 3 2 2 1 6 7 1 1 0 0 0 13
D.Schroder 8:19 0 2 0 1 2 2 0 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 2
D.Carroll DNP – Coach’s Decision
P.Antic DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 37 77 12 26 12 19 12 32 44 26 22 9 22 3 98
PERCENTAGES FG: 48.1% 3PT: 46.2% FT: 63.2% TEAM REB: 6 TOTAL TO: 22
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 28:16 8 18 4 8 6 6 0 2 2 3 2 3 1 0 26
D.West 28:16 6 10 0 0 5 7 2 4 6 1 1 2 2 0 17
R.Hibbert 24:57 4 9 0 0 2 2 0 5 5 0 2 0 0 4 10
L.Stephenson 35:43 5 11 2 7 1 2 0 5 5 7 1 0 3 0 13
G.Hill 24:46 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 7 3 1 0 0 9
D.Granger 22:54 3 6 1 1 2 2 1 3 4 1 1 0 4 0 9
I.Mahinmi 23:03 2 5 0 0 2 3 1 4 5 0 4 2 2 3 6
C.Watson 21:47 3 6 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 6
L.Scola 14:55 3 4 0 0 3 4 0 5 5 1 3 1 1 0 9
D.Sloan 5:40 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R.Butler 4:49 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
C.Copeland 3:27 1 2 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
O.Johnson 1:27 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 240 39 79 9 23 21 26 6 30 36 23 17 11 13 7 108
PERCENTAGES FG: 49.4% 3PT: 39.1% FT: 80.8% TEAM REB: 6 TOTAL TO: 14
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Atlanta 7
Indiana 35
TECHNICALS: Atlanta 0, Indiana 0

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