Notebook: Hawks 109, Pacers 100



Posted Dec 29, 2012 11:37 PM

By Jon Cooper, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Beating the Indiana Pacers without Josh Smith was going to be tough for the Atlanta Hawks.

Then, again, beating the Hawks in Atlanta has been almost impossible for the Indiana Pacers.

On Saturday night at Philips Arena the shorthanded Hawks came out firing then kept the Pacers at bay, winning, 109-100. The win was Atlanta's fourth straight and the 11th straight over Indiana at Philips Arena.

Lou Williams led the Hawks putting together his first career double-double, with 21 points and a career-high 11 assists, while Al Horford added 20 points for the Hawks, who saw all five starters score at least 15 points and had six players score in double-figures.

David West had a game-high 29 for Indiana, which saw its four-game winning streak halted.

Atlanta made a statement early, shooting 67 percent (14-for-21), 60 percent from three (3-for-5) in the first quarter to take a 33-26 lead out of the frame. Williams' 3-pointer with 3:39 to play, broke an 18-18 tie and kicked off an 11-2 run. The Hawks would never look back, leading by as much as 18 in the third quarter. The Hawks shot 55 percent for the game, and 50 percent from three in scoring an opponents' season-high on the Pacers.

Indy, which shot 47.5 percent (33.3 from three) hung around thanks to West, cutting the lead to 91-88 with 5:02 remaining. But Atlanta went scored the next six points, as Jeff Teague took over.

Teague, who had a career-high 27 on Friday, scored eight of his 16 points over the next 3:30, adding an assist, a rebound, and a steal, outscoring the Pacers, 8-7 and keying Atlanta's 11-2 game-sealing run.

Zaza Pachulia, who drew the assignment of playing Pacers center Roy Hibbert, also had a double-double, his second of the year, with 17 points, and 14 rebounds, five on the offensive end — both game-highs. He also helped Atlanta's bigs shut out the 7-2 Hibbert, who was 0-for-2.

QUOTABLE: "I think guys made shots early. We had the ball flying around and I just think we got off to a great start. Guys were just making shots for me and it happened."
-- Williams on his career-high 11 assists and his first career double-double.

THE STAT: 75.0/57.1 percent: Kyle Korver's 3-point shooting percentage and field goal percentage over the last 53:14 seconds against Indiana. Korver scored 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting, 4-of-5 from three, Saturday night. if you include the final 5:14 of the Nov. 7th meeting at Philips, when he shot 3-for-4 and 2-for-3 from downtown to spark Atlanta's game-closing 18-0 rally to overcome a 14-point deficit, Korver has hit six of his last eight three-point attempts and eight of his last 14 shots.

TURNING POINT: With 4:40 remaining and Indiana hot on Atlanta's heels, trailing 93-88, the Pacers won a jump ball between Al Horford and George Hill but could not convert. On the ensuing Atlanta possession, the Hawks' pressure on the offensive boards led to a pair of offensive rebounds, extending their possession. The second offensive rebound by Pachulia eventually led to a pair of Jeff Teague foul shots and a seven-point lead.

QUOTABLE II: "DeShawn [Stevenson] said, 'Whenever I'm bleeding that means that I'm playing good."
Atlanta center Pachulia.

HOT: Horford was zoned in Saturday night, shooting 10-for-13 on the night. Horford set the tone early, hitting his first six shots of the game, including all five first-quarter attempts, then, in each proceeding quarter missed only one shot, shooting 2-for-3 in the second and fourth and 1-for-2 in the third. He's converted two-thirds of his shots (34-for-51, 66.7 percent) over his last four games.

HOT, TOO: Pacers forward David West continued his recent hot shooting. West shot 61.1 percent Saturday night (11-for-18), hitting at least 50 percent of his field goals for the third time in four games. After missing two of his first three attempts, in the game's first 92 seconds, West heated up, hitting 11 of his final 16, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, his first two 3-point field goals of the season.

NOT: Pacers guard Gerald Green didn't fare so well. Green shot 3-for-11 and was 0-for-4 from three. He never got into a rhythm, shooting 1-for-2 in the first quarter, 1-for-3 in the second, 0-for-2 in the third and 1-for-4 in the fourth. Green had brought a hot hand into Atlanta, hitting at a 58.3 percent clip (14-for-24) and 57.1 from three (8-for-14) over his previous three games.

ROOKIE WATCH: Hawks first-round pick John Jenkins made a major impact off the bench Saturday night, scoring 10 points for his first career double-digit game, on 4-for-6 shooting, 2-for-2 from three. He also played a huge part in Atlanta's big first-quarter. Entering the game with 3:58 left and Atlanta leading 18-16, he hit two field goals 47 seconds apart, accounting for five points in the Hawks' 11-2 run that broke open a tie game.

GOOD MOVE: Hawks coach Larry Drew got very good use out of reserve bigs Pachulia, Johan Petro and Ivan Johnson in helping Horford battle Hibbert. Pachulia had 17 points, including six straight over a 71-second stretch of the second quarter, helping Atlanta blow out to a nine-point lead. He also was huge on the boards with his 14 rebounds. Petro, who had played only 4:45 over the previous five games, not seeing the court at all in four of those games, gave Atlanta a boost with four points and solid defensive play in keeping Hibbert scoreless. Johnson added six points and six rebounds, three on each end and, his usual energy.

NOTABLE: Indiana guard Sam Young (flu) did not accompany the Pacers to Atlanta...Williams' previous high in assists was nine. He got No. 10 on Korver's three with 4:10 left in the third quarter...Atlanta tied a season-high with its six double-figure scorers...The 109 points allowed were the most this season by Indiana...West scored in double-digits for the 21st straight game...Atlanta is red-hot from downtown, as they're shooting 44.2 percent over the last three games, having made at least 10 threes in each of those games.

UP NEXT: For the Pacers, Monday vs. Memphis, Wednesday vs. Washington, Friday @ Boston. For the Hawks, Monday @ Houston, Tuesday @ New Orleans, Friday @ Detroit.