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Game Recap: Hawks 129, Pacers 117

Led by Clint Capelas 25 points, 24 rebounds and three blocks, the Hawks defeated the Pacers, 129-117. Trae Young added a game-high 34 points (14 in the 4th quarter) and 11 assists for the Hawks in the

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Game Recap: Hawks 129, Pacers 117

Led by Clint Capelas 25 points, 24 rebounds and three blocks, the Hawks defeated the Pacers, 129-117. Trae Young added a game-high 34 points (14 in the 4th quarter) and 11 assists for the Hawks in the
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:02

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room – April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021 – Nate Bjorkgren, T.J. McConnell and Malcolm Brogdon speak with the media following Indiana's 117-129 loss to the Atlanta Hawks
Apr 18, 2021  |  01:57

Malcolm Brogdon (29 points) Highlights vs. Atlanta Hawks

Malcolm Brogdon (29 points) Highlights vs. Atlanta Hawks, 04/18/2021
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:01

Domas Spins and Scores

April 18, 2021: Domantas Sabonis starts from behind the 3-point line and gets all the way to the paint for the spin and score.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:13

Turner Finishes With the Left Hand

April 18, 2021: Myles Turner drives towards the rim and hits the difficult left-handed layup.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:08

Sumner Slams Off the Turnover

April 18, 2021: Edmond Sumner throws down the two-handed dunk after the Pacers force the turnover.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:12

Turner Drains the Three

April 18, 2021: Myles Turner stays ready behind the 3-point line and drains the shot.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:07

Domas Tips it In

April 18, 2021: Domantas Sabonis follows the missed 3-pointer and tips it back in for two.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:07

Edmond Slams it Home

April 18, 2021: Edmond Sumner cuts free for another strong slam off a bounce pass from Myles Turner.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:07

Sumner Cuts for the Dunk

April 18, 2021: Aaron Holiday finds Edmond Sumner cutting along the baseline for the dunk.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:07

LeVert With the Smooth Drive

April 18, 2021: Caris LeVert shows off his handles to get to the rim and hit the tough layup.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:10

Domas Fades Away in the Paint

April 18, 2021: Domantas Sabonis maintains control in the post and hits the fadeaway.
Apr 18, 2021  |  00:10

Game Rewind: Pacers 117, Hawks 129

Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET at State Farm Arena
by Brendan Rourke
Pacers.com Contributor

Game Recap

The Pacers did everything they could to climb out of an early 20-point deficit against the Atlanta Hawks and did so successfully. A 6-0 run tied the score at 105 with just over five minutes to go. But the fourth-quarter struggles hampered the squad once again. Indiana (26-30) was outscored 24-12 during crunch time and fell to the hosts, 129-117.

"We were fighting a lot of things," coach Nate Bjorkgren said postgame. "It just kind of felt like an uphill battle throughout. Their main guys hurt us."

Five Pacers players finished the afternoon in double figures, with Malcolm Brogdon leading the way with 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Domantas Sabonis notched a double-double, recording 18 points and 15 rebounds, and T.J. McConnell had a team-high 18 off the bench.

But the performances were not enough to counteract the Hawks' starters, as four finished with 20 points or more, including a game-high 34 for Trae Young. Clint Capela finished with a 25-point, 24-rebound double-double. Atlanta (31-26) improved to 17-6 since former Pacers head coach Nate McMillan took over the helm.

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For the first time in six games, the Pacers failed to reach 30 points in the first quarter. The squad notched just six points over the opening 5:45 and finished the frame on 10-of-25 shooting. They failed to connect from deep in the quarter. Three minutes in, Atlanta rattled off 12 unanswered, including back-to-back flushes from Clint Capela, to take an 18-6 lead. Brogdon's floater finally ended the spree and the 2:45 Indiana scoreless streak.

The bucket did little to spark the Pacers, who soon found themselves down 30-10 with 3:19 to go on a pair of free throws from Young.

"We just didn't have the chemistry working out on the defensive end," Brogdon said of the lopsided start.

However, the Pacers' reserves did their best to chew into the lead over the final minutes. Caris LeVert's acrobatic three-point play began a 13-5 run to close out the first period. The bench showed its speed as Edmond Sumner collected a jump ball on the Hawks' side of the floor and sprinted the length of the court in three seconds. His hustle earned him a pair of free throws with 0.1 seconds left that trimmed Indiana's deficit to 35-23.

Increased physicality on the defensive side helped Indiana quell Atlanta's scorers early in the second. A three-point play from Jeremy Lamb with 8:42 left in the frame finally trimmed the squad's deficit to single digits, 39-30.

From there, the Pacers kept chipping away. Trailing 41-32, McConnell pushed the offensive pace, finding six points in the paint to lead an 11-5 run and bring Indiana back to within three at the 5:07 mark.

However, Atlanta's starters began growing the lead once again. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Capela combined for nine points of a 14-7 Hawks run over the next 3:39 to jump ahead by double digits once again. Back-to-back triples in the final minute from Kevin Huerter pushed Atlanta's lead to 66-55 before Sabonis' tip-in with 7.8 seconds remaining cut the lead to nine before the break.

After connecting from deep only three times in the first half, Brogdon and Justin Holiday drilled back-to-back triples to trim Indiana's deficit to 68-64 at the 9:11 mark. However, once again, the Hawks quickly extended the lead, utilizing a 6-0 spurt in just a 54-second span.

Over the next several minutes, the Hawks had an answer for every Pacers bucket. But the club finally broke through the back-and-forth bout. Trailing 85-76, Brogdon sank a pair from the charity stripe. On Atlanta's ensuing possession, Justin Holiday forced a steal and kicked out the turnover to Brogdon. The veteran found a streaking Sumner for an uncontested two-handed slam with 3:40 to go. The four-point swing forced coach McMillan to call a timeout.

Soon after, Indiana kept rolling. Trailing 87-81, Brogdon nailed a triple, then found McConnell for a fast-break layup to trim the lead to one. Yet they could not get over the hill. In the final minute, the Hawks got a three from Kevin Huerter. A pair of Onyeka Okongwu free throws with 4.4 seconds left stretched the lead to 94-90 heading into the final frame.

Using that push, the Hawks extended the lead to 100-92 over the first 3:00 of the fourth. During that stretch, Capela snagged four offensive rebounds in one possession, eventually finishing the stint with a putback layup. Indiana got back to within two at the 8:02 mark after Sumner's running layup. But, four straight from Young put the Pacers back into a 105-99 hole 0:21 later. It forced coach Nate Bjorkgren to call a timeout.

The timeout appeared to spark Indiana. Sumner, Lamb, and Sabonis led a 6-0 spree to tie the ball game at 105 apiece with 6:06 remaining. It was the first tie since the first quarter.

But Atlanta had the answers once again. Two threes from Huerter and Bogdanovich sandwiched Capela's alley-oop dunk to put the Hawks up 117-109 with 2:39 to go. A third triple — this one from Young — pushed Atlanta ahead 120-111 at the 1:59 mark. Indiana never challenged down the stretch.

The Pacers look to rebound tomorrow at home against the San Antonio Spurs. They hold an 8-4 record on the second night of a back-to-back.

Inside the Numbers

Trae Young (34 points), Clint Capela (25), Kevin Huerter (23), and Bogdan Bogdanovic (23) combined for 105 of Atlanta's 129 points.

Playing largely with T.J. McConnell, Edmond Sumner finished with 14 points, two rebounds, and two assists in 27:46 of game time.

The Pacers lost the rebounding battle, 51-41.

Both teams shot exactly 45-for-92 from the field. Atlanta finished 13-of-32 from deep and 26-for-34 at the line, while the Pacers went 10-for-32 and 17-for-20, respectively.

You Can Quote Me On That

"I think that during that stretch there in the middle, our level of contesting shots was big-time — meaning we were getting in and out of our gaps with speed. Our readiness — we were flying at shooters and had some double contests there. And we didn’t do it as well later in the fourth." –Bjorkgren on what happened in crunch time

"Energy. (The Spurs) are not coming off a back-to-back. But we are. So we're going to be fighting our own energy, fighting our own readiness for the game. We just have to be ready to play." –Brogdon on the key to tomorrow's game against San Antonio

Stat of the Day

Atlanta outscored Indiana 35-27 in the fourth quarter. In the last six games, the Pacers have a -30 scoring margin in the final frame (177-147).

Noteworthy

  • Myles Turner returned from a six-game absence due to a left ankle sprain, but did not record a block in a game for the first time since Feb 12, 2020 (64 appearances).
  • With the loss, Indiana falls to 17-14 on the road.
  • Doug McDermott missed his third straight game due to a left ankle sprain.

Up Next

The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host DeMar DeRozan and the Spurs on the second night of a back-to-back on Monday, April 19 at 8:00 PM ET.

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A limited number of tickets for all upcoming Pacers home games from March 17 - April 21 are now on sale. Tickets for the final nine regular season home games will go on sale on Monday, April 19 at 2:00 PM ET. Single Game Tickets »   Health & Safety Guidelines »





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