IKE DIOGU
Scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds and a blocked shot off the bench.
DANNY GRANGER
"When you’re not playing for much, you still have to compete. You want to win the game. We’re not playing for anything right now, but we’re still playing hard. We were way too lackadaisical. We picked it up in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.”
Points in the Paint:
Hawks 54, Pacers 42
Fast-break points:
Hawks 11, Pacers 6
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 10, Hawks 8
Points off turnovers:
Hawks 23, Pacers 14
Starters scoring:
Hawks 108, Pacers 41
Bench scoring:
Pacers 61, Hawks 10
With four players scoring at least 20, the Hawks got 108 points from their starters, the most from an opposing first unit against the Pacers this season.
The Pacers conclude the 2006-07 season at home against Antawn Jamison and the Washington Wizards Wednesday at 8 p.m. (FSN-Indiana).
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  • ATLANTA 118, INDIANA 102
    Pacers Defenseless Against Hawks

    At Atlanta | April 17, 2007


    Confirming the meaninglessness of the outcome by their performance, the Pacers were dominated by Atlanta for most of the game as the Hawks closed out their season with a 118-102 victory Tuesday in Philips Arena.

    Four Atlanta starters scored at least 20 points, including 25 each from Josh Smith and Tyronn Lue, as the Hawks built an 18-point lead in the first quarter and, but for a brief lapse during the third period, had Indiana completely under control.

    Ike Diogu scored 20 off the bench to lead the Pacers (35-46), who lost their third in a row and fourth in five games heading into Wednesday night's finale against Washington in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers finished the year with a 13-28 road record, their worst since a 12-29 mark in 1990-91.

    Atlanta finished the season 30-52 overall, 18-23 at home and avoided a season series sweep.


    PLUSES

    A few of the reserves brought energy, led by Diogu (7-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds in 28 minutes). Keith McLeod produced 11 rebounds and five assists, Maceo Baston had nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a block and Orien Greene scored a season-high nine in 14 minutes. Of the starters, who were outscored 108-41 by Atlanta's first unit, Danny Granger managed 15 and Mike Dunleavy 11. The Pacers shot well enough, 49.3 percent overall, but offense wasn't the problem.
    MINUSES
    Defense was not in evidence for most of the night as the Hawks enjoyed a prolonged layup drill, hitting 16-of-20 while rolling up 41 points in the first quarter and 76 in the first half on 66.7 percent shooting. Atlanta finished at 53 percent for the game, outrebounded the Pacers 41-33 and committed just 11 turnovers. Smith had 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals in addition to his 25 points, while Lue also had eight assists. Marvin Williams scored 23 on 10-of-15 shooting, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Shelden Williams scored a career-high 21 with 10 rebounds and two blocks. Solomon Jones had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
    MOMENTS
    The Hawks were cruising along with an 86-66 lead midway through the third period when the Pacers made their only stand of the night, holding Atlanta to just one basket the rest of the quarter while putting together a 14-2 run that cut the deficit to 88-80. Diogu and Granger combined for 12 of the points in the run.

    he Pacers hung around briefly, trailing 94-85 with 9:17 remaining, before the Hawks heated back up by attacking the basket and rolled up a 22-9 run to blow it wide open.


    TIDBITS
  • Jermaine O'Neal (left ankle, left knee) and Jeff Foster (lower back) were inactive for the Pacers. Troy Murphy and David Harrison started up front and combined for 11 points, five rebounds and 10 fouls.
  • Jamaal Tinsley started his second game in a row and had four points and three assists in 17 minutes.
  • Harrison was ejected for picking up a pair of technical fouls after being called for his fifth personal foul with 9:23 left in the third period.
  • Atlanta's 41-point first quarter was the fifth period of at least 40 points allowed by the Pacers this season and the most since the Bulls scored 42 in the first period on Dec. 11.
  • The Hawks 76 first-half points were the most allowed in any half by the Pacers this season.