Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Pacers - March 28, 2010

Atlanta 94, Indiana 84 | March 28, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • The Hawks won their season-high 8th straight home game, toppling the Pacers 94-84 at Philips Arena on Sunday.
  • With 9 games remaining Atlanta has equaled last season's win total of 47.
  • Josh Smith led the way for Atlanta with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Al Horford also had a double-double, posting 18 points and 12 boards...Jamal Crawford had 17 points and 6 assists and Joe Johnson added 14 points.
  • Indiana led by as many as 8 early on and held a 50-48 halftime lead, thanks to their three-point shooting...The Pacers hit 6-11 triples in the first half, compared to 2-7 for Atlanta.
  • The Hawks took control in the third, finishing the quarter on an 11-2 run and outscoring Indiana 24-13...Atlanta stayed hot to start the 4th, opening the stanza on a 12-4 spurt to take an 84-67 lead and weren't seriously threatened the rest of the night.
  • Led by Smith and Horford, the Hawks won the battle of the boards 53-39 and outscored the Pacers in the paint 44-34.
  • After turning the ball over 8 times in the first half, the Hawks had only 4 miscues in the final 24 minutes.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Wednesday at Philips Arena (7pm) against the LA Lakers (SPSO HD and 790 The Zone).

Josh Smith



Honorable Mentions:
Jamal Crawford - 17 points, 6 assists
Al Horford - 18 points, 12 rebounds

- "The Wingmen" stepped up big today to help the Hawks bounce back from Friday's loss in Philly. Jamal Crawford (+20), Mo Evans (+14) and Zaza Pachulia (+13) all posted impressive +/- numbers.

- After the Pacers came out hot from long-range (they hit six of their eight 3-pointers in the first quarter) the Hawks defense clamped down and held Indiana to just 53 points over the final three periods.

- The pivotal third period where the Hawks outscored the Pacers 24-13 was led by Al Horford who had 12 points (6-of-8 shooting) and eight rebounds.

- Overall Atlanta dominated the glass, outrebounding Indiana 53-39. That effort helped offset a poor shooting day from behind the arc (18%, 3-of-16)