INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 11 (AP) --
Reserves Austin Croshere
and Travis Best
each scored 20 points as the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 99-94 in an exhibition game Thursday night.
Jason Terry tries to elude the long arm of Jermaine O'Neal.
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added 17 points, Al Harrington
had 14 and Jermaine O'Neal
had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
had 16 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta, which beat the Pacers 97-95 on Tuesday night in the opening exhibition game for both teams.
Harrington had six of his points when Indiana took the lead for good with a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Bender's jumper ignited the run, reducing Indiana's deficit to three at 77-74 with 9:27 to play.
A dunk by O'Neal after Harrington pulled down an offensive rebound made it 77-76. Moments later, Harrington had two consecutive baskets to put Indiana ahead to stay 80-79.
Croshere's two free throws made it 84-79 with six minutes remaining. Atlanta pulled within three points four times after that, but could draw no closer.
The Pacers helped themselves by getting Atlanta into early foul trouble in nearly every period. Indiana was 32-of-46 from the line, while Atlanta shot 86 percent but had only 28 attempts.
Atlanta played the final three quarters without Toni Kukoc
, who removed his sneakers in the second quarter and put ice on his knees. He sat out the second half in civilian clothes, but there was no announcement of any injury.
Atlanta also played without Theo Ratliff
, who was not in uniform because of a sore right hip and sore right groin.