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Pacers vs. Hawks

Paul Millsap heats up for 18 points with 9 rebounds as the Hawks destroy the Pacers 104-75.

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Pacers vs. Hawks

Paul Millsap heats up for 18 points with 9 rebounds as the Hawks destroy the Pacers 104-75.
Mar 13, 2016  |  01:29

Mighty Joe Young Throws it Down

March 13, 2016 - Joe Young throws down a monster contested dunk over the Hawks on the break.
Mar 13, 2016  |  00:12

J. Hill Slams it Home

March 13, 2016 - Jordan Hill finishes a dish from C.J. Miles with a one-handed flush.
Mar 13, 2016  |  00:09

Mahinmi Finishes Strong

March 13, 2016 - Monta Ellis draws the double team to find an open Ian Mahinmi who finishes strong.
Mar 13, 2016  |  00:08

PG Feeds Turner Underneath

March 13, 2016 - PG receives the pass underneath the hoop and quickly dishes to Myles Turner for the easy first quarter slam.
Mar 13, 2016  |  00:11

Game Rewind: Pacers 75, Hawks 104

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM ET at Philips Arena
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss






Game Recap

The Pacers' three-game winning streak came to an abrupt end on Sunday night, as the Atlanta Hawks (38-29) manhandled Indiana (35-31) at Philips Arena, 104-75.

It was the latest chapter in the Pacers' prolonged struggles in Atlanta, where they have now dropped 16 of 17 regular season contests dating all the way back to the 2006-07 season.

The start of the game couldn't have gone much worse for the Blue & Gold. Ian Mahinmi scored a layup on the game's opening possession, but Atlanta tied the game 13 seconds later, then took a 5-2 lead on Al Horford's 3-pointer with 11:08 remaining in the first quarter.

The Pacers would trail for the remainder of the contest.

Atlanta wound up reeling off 16 unanswered points over the first 4:15 of the game.

The Hawks stretched their lead to as many as 16 points early in the second quarter. Indiana eventually clawed back to within six points, but the Hawks closed the half with an 11-2 run to push the margin back to 14 at the half.

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The Blue & Gold once again got within single digits when Paul George's pull-up jumper made it 59-51 with 8:07 to play in the third quarter.

But the Hawks responded with another big run, outscoring Indiana 20-0 over a 3:32 stretch that saw Atlanta score on eight straight possessions. Atlanta pushed the margin to as many as 34 points and the game was already well decided by the fourth quarter.

"They took it up to another level," George said. "I thought they really pushed the tempo. (Jeff) Teague and (Dennis) Schröder got out and ran. They spread the floor and it was just dribble-drive, dribble-kick, (or) find the open man and attack the basket. I thought they really put pressure on our containment and our one-on-one defense, and we just broke down."

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel elected to rest all of his starters in the final period save for rookie Myles Turner. The 19-year-old led all scorers with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting and collected five rebounds.

Monta Ellis was the only other Pacers player to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting.

"We just got outplayed in every area," Vogel said. "We just have to move on to the next one and put it behind us."

The Hawks dominated this game from beyond the 3-point arc, making 15-of-30 shots from long range. Big men Horford and Paul Millsap each finished with a team-high 18 points and went 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. Sharpshooter Kyle Korver drained four threes on his way to 14 points and five rebounds.

The Pacers went just 5-for-24 from three and were outscored by 30 points on the evening from beyond the arc.

Indiana was without the services of newly-signed backup point guard Ty Lawson for the second straight game. Lawson did not dress due to a sprained left foot. The Pacers' backcourt was dealt another blow when sixth man Rodney Stuckey left the game with a sore right foot, though he later returned.

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After Sunday's result, the Pacers and Hawks split the regular season series, but Atlanta is now two and a half games ahead of Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Pacers, however, will play 11 of their final 16 games at home. They begin a five-game stretch at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, when they host the Boston Celtics for a Hickory Night game.

Inside the Numbers

Sunday's 29-point loss was the Pacers' worst of the season in terms of the final margin. Indiana previously lost by 22 at Detroit on Dec. 12 and at home against Charlotte on Feb. 10.

The Pacers' 75 points were also a season low, one fewer than they managed in a loss to Utah all the way back on Oct. 31. It was only the fifth time all season they failed to score 90 points and the second time they didn't reach 80.

All-Star forward Paul George dished out a team-high six assists, but struggled with his shot. George scored just seven points on 3-of-15 shooting and had his shot blocked three times. Prior to Sunday, George had scored in double figures in 36 straight games. The last time he scored less than 10 points was also against Atlanta, when he managed just nine points in a 93-87 win in Indianapolis on Dec. 28.

The Hawks' starters outscored the Pacers' starting five, 64-49. Atlanta's bench outscored Indiana's reserves, 40-26.

You Can Quote Me On That

"The toughest challenge for us is matching up with these spread teams. A spread team got the best of us tonight." -George

"They spread the floor. This team is already a great 3-point shooting team. You put that along with us struggling against guarding this type of style, and you catch a team that’s hot, they’re going to get hot, and that was definitely the case tonight." -George

"It's a good win. I think we caught them in a tough spot, on a back-to-back. Defensively and offensively, that's close to what we’d like to look like, where we’re playing at a high level on both ends." -Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer

"It was great. We've been looking for that for a while. I don't know where it's been, but that's what we want to do. That’s how we want to play. We just had a lot of things clicking there in the third quarter. Guys were hitting shots, and the ball was moving. It was a lot of fun." -Korver on the 20-0 run

Stat of the Night

Eight different Hawks players hit a 3-pointer on Sunday night, including all five of Atlanta's starters.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers, who won in Dallas on Saturday afternoon, are now just 4-10 when playing the second half of a back-to-back and 1-8 when playing the second game on the road.
  • Hawks forward Kris Humphries surpassed 5,000 career points in the win.
  • The Pacers are 9-26 on the year when their opponents surpass 100 points and 26-5 when holding teams under the century mark.

Up Next

The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, March 15 for a Hickory Night showdown with Brad Stevens and the surging Boston Celtics: Find Tickets »

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