Kept up his hot shooting, scoring a season-high 27 points, hitting 10-of-19 overall and 4-of-6 from the 3-point line, adding three rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.
“It was fun to come back to Atlanta. I was like a kid when I saw all those guys before the game. It was different than (Nov. 17, 2004) when I went back to Indiana (for the first time as a member of the Hawks). I felt like I had something to prove then. But here I didn’t really feel that way. I was just happy to see all the guys.”
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 44, Hawks 36
Fast-break points:
Pacers 13, Hawks 12
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 26, Hawks 9
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 23, Hawks 23
Starters scoring:
Pacers 76, Hawks 68
Bench scoring:
Pacers 24, Hawks 22
The Pacers have won five of the last six when the current starting lineup has been together, outscoring the opponents' starters 434-368, a total advantage of 66 points and an average edge of 11.0 per game.
Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves make their only visit of the season to Conseco Fieldhouse Saturday night (7:00).
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    Former Hawks Spark Pacers' Win

    At Philips Arena | Dec. 22, 2006

    When the Hawks play the Pacers, Al Harrington just can't lose. Undefeated in the series as a member of the Hawks last year, Harrington returned to Atlanta with the Pacers and scored 20 points to help spark a 100-90 victory Friday night.

    Another player obtained from Atlanta, Stephen Jackson, racked up 27 points for the Pacers, who won their second in a row despite an illness that left Jermaine O'Neal in the locker room at halftime taking intravenous fluids. The Pacers kept the Hawks at arm's length most of the second half and led by at least nine points the entire fourth quarter.

    Both players made big plays in the fourth quarter. Jackson hit consecutive baskets, including a 3-pointer, to make it 95-80 with 3:05 remaining. Harrington drained a long 3-pointer with 1:03 left to push the margin to 100-86, effectively quelling any remaining hopes of an Atlanta comeback. The Pacers improved to 15-13 with their fourth win in five games, 7-10 on the road. The Hawks dropped their third in a row and seventh in eight games to fall to 9-16, 4-8 at home.


    The Pacers controlled the game from beginning to end behind a strong defense and balanced offense. Jackson's 27 led the way, followed by Harrington's 20 on 8-of-17 shooting. O'Neal fought through an illness to score 16 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots, and Jamaal Tinsley had 10 points, nine assists and three steals. Off the bench, Danny Granger had nine points, six rebounds and two blocks, while Sarunas Jasikevicius was solid again with seven points and six assists. With Jeff Foster pulling 16, the Pacers won the boards 45-37, racked up 19 offensive rebounds leading to a 26-9 advantage in second-chance points, and had 11 steals.
    Indiana did not shoot free throws well, going 11-of-22, and committed 19 turnovers, a perilous number against a better team. Atlanta's offense was carried by Joe Johnson, who scored 31 points on 14-of-24 shooting but committed five turnovers and scored just two in the fourth quarter. Marvin Williams scored 18, Salim Stoudamire 13 off the bench and Zaza Pachulia had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
    Lo and behold, the Pacers started quickly, jumping out to a 13-2 lead with Harrington and O'Neal scoring 11 of the points. Though the Hawks countered 11-2 to cut the lead to two, the Pacers had set the necessary aggressive early tone and the Hawks would never get any closer. Indiana led 52-47 at the break then began the second half without the ailing O'Neal. Atlanta was able to cut the lead to 59-56 but the Pacers put together a 10-2 run framed by 3-pointers from Harrington and Jackson and including O'Neal's return to the court, pushing the lead to 69-58.The Hawks didn't put together consecutive baskets thereafter until the final minute when it was much too late.
  • After failing to have two players score at least 20 points in the same game for the first 13 games of the season, the Pacers did so for the second straight and ninth time in the last 15 games.
  • The Pacers led after the first quarter for just the seven time and at the half for just the ninth time.
  • Indiana improved to 11-2 when scoring at least 97 points and 11-3 when outrebounding the opposition.
  • Darrell Armstrong had four steals, three in the second quarter.
  • Atlanta's Speedy Claxton (back spasms) and Pachulia (elbow) both missed the final portions of the game with injuries. Both are questionable for Saturday's game at Detroit.