AL HARRINGTON
Scored 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter, making 6-of-9 shots after an 0-of-7 start, and added six rebounds.
RICK CARLISLE
"Al had a tough first half shooting the ball, had some pretty decent looks, and then he got on a roll in the third quarter, which we really needed. I thought a couple of key parts of the game were when our second unit came in and gave us some energy when we were struggling and Al's run was big."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 50, Hawks 24
Fast-break points:
Pacers 18, Hawks 6
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 16, Hawks 16
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 23, Hawks 21
Starters scoring:
Pacers 50, Hawks 41
Bench scoring:
Pacers 41, Hawks 31
For a span of 8 minutes, 14 seconds bridging the third and fourth quarters, the Hawks missed 15 consecutive shots as the Pacers extended the lead from nine (55-46) to 17 points (67-50).
The Pacers hope to avenge a 26-point loss on Nov. 15 in their second trip to Boston Wednesday night against Wally Szczerbiak and the Celtics (7:30, FSN-Indiana), who are playing without injured star Paul Pierce.
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  • INDIANA 91, ATLANTA 72
    Harrington, Defense Subdue Hawks

    By Conrad Brunner | Jan. 9, 2007


    With Jermaine O'Neal hobbling on a sore ankle and the offense struggling without its primary low-post presence, the Pacers' options were limited. They needed a strong game from Al Harrington and they had to play strong defense against an athletic and explosive Atlanta team.

    Shaking off a nightmarish first half in which he missed his first seven shots, Harrington heated up to score 14 in a row in the third quarter as the Pacers broke open a close game and cruised to a 91-72 victory over the Hawks Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Pacers (19-16) held Atlanta to season opponent lows in points and field-goal percentage (.321) and improved to 10-5 at home, 8-3 on the first night of back-to-back games. With top scorer Joe Johnson slowed by an illness that required intravenous treatment before the game, the Hawks (10-22) lost for the ninth time in 10 games and fell to 5-10 on the road.


    PLUSES

    With the offense struggling and often disjointed, the Pacers had to come up big in the effort categories. In addition to the impressive defensive numbers, they outrebounded the Hawks 54-43, had nine blocked shots and eight steals and racked up advantages of 50-24 in the paint and 18-6 on the fast break. Harrington's 18 led the scoring but several other players had important contributions. Danny Granger had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks off the bench for his first double-double of the season. Stephen Jackson, like Johnson playing with flu-like symptoms, had 12 points, six assists and four rebounds. Jermaine O'Neal, playing on a sprained ankle, had 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Jeff Foster did another number on the boards with 17 rebounds and scored eight. The bench racked up 41 points (on 18-of-33 shooting), 19 rebounds and 10 assists. No Atlanta player scored more than Speedy Claxton's 12 points.
    MINUSES
    The first half was soccer-like in its offensive futility as the Pacers shot just .364. Even so, they had a five-point lead (38-33) at the break.
    MOMENTS
    Neither team had the ability to make anything resembling a run in the first half but Harrington got things going quickly in the third, scoring in the halfcourt and transition, from the post and the perimeter. At the end of his 14-point run, the Pacers had a 55-44 lead. The Hawks then missed 15 shots in a row in a span of more than 8 minutes as the margin swelled to 67-50. After the lead grew to 73-52, Atlanta scored seven in a row midway through the fourth to cut the deficit to 14 but would get no closer.
    TIDBITS
  • Hawks Coach Mike Woodson, an Indianapolis native who attended Indiana University, had his Broad Ripple High School jersey No. 44 retired in a pre-game ceremony.
  • O'Neal, who had to be carried off the practice floor Monday after re-injuring his problematic left ankle, arrived late after getting stuck in traffic on the way to the arena but quickly erased doubts about his ability to play, suiting up and taking his usual place in the starting lineup.
  • Jackson missed the morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms but also reported for duty.