Kyle Korver knocked down two big three-pointers in the midst of an 18-0 run to help lift the Hawks to an 89-86 win at Philips Arena.
Indiana’s West and Atlanta’s Josh Smith provided the offensive punch for their squads scoring 12 and 9 points respectively.
Atlanta opened up the second quarter with a 10-2 run on the heels of a triple by DeShawn Stevenson. Indiana crawled back into striking distance cutting the lead to 3 and then 1 on jumpers from Hill.
After taking a one point lead into the locker room at the half, the home standing Hawks found themselves in a 12 point hole by the end of the third. Cold shooting from the floor and free throw line combined with 6 turnovers allowed the Pacers to close out the quarter with a 19-0 run. Pacers guard George Hill scored 10 of the 20 team high points- shared with David West- during the run.
The cold shooting continued for the first four minutes of the fourth but the Hawks hustle on the defensive end kept the Pacers from extending their lead. After a steal and fast break layup by Hill, the cold touch moved down the sideline to the Indiana squad. Three straight misses by the Pacers allowed the now warming Hawks to climb back in the game. Korver, who had scored just three points over the first three quarters, knocked down his pair of threes to cut the Pacers lead to just three.
Atlanta ended the game on a 9-3 run to hand Indiana its third loss of the season.
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