Hawks vs. Pacers - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 89-86 at home at Philips Arena. With the win, the Hawks improved to 2-1 on the season and took a 1-0 lead in the regular season series with the Pacers. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, Josh Smith and Al Horford at the two forward positions, and Zaza Pachulia at center. Johan Petro (lower back pain) did not play. It was reported that he will not play until he logs enough minutes in practice to feel comfortable in games. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with 16 points. He also grabbed nine boards, nearly giving him a double-double on the night. Jeff Teague added 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Kyle Korver contributed 13 points and five boards. Josh Smith scored 11 points, dished out seven assists, and grabbed five rebounds. The Pacers were lead by David West and George Hill, who scored 20 points apiece. In the first quarter, the Hawks were outscored 25-22. David West scored 12 of his 20 points in the first quarter, and Josh Smith scored nine of his 11 points in the first quarter. Josh Smith kept attacking his mismatch against Sam Young early on, but as soon as he attempted a three-pointer with 3:55 to play in the period, he stopped attacking inside offensively. In the second quarter, the Hawks opened on a 15-2 run, and they regained the lead over the Pacers at halftime, 51-50. In the third quarter, the Pacers went on an 18-0 run and took a 77-65 lead over the Hawks heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Pacers took their biggest lead of the game at 14. The Hawks responded with an 18-0 run of their own to take an 87-83 lead with 32.7 seconds left in regulation. Lance Stephenson brought the Pacers within one with a three on the next Pacers' possession, but Louis Williams dunked one home off the inbounds pass on the next Hawks' possession to give the Hawks a 89-86 lead. Paul George's three on the next Pacers' possession was off the mark, and the Hawks secured the three-point comeback victory. I think the key to this win was rebounding. The Hawks outrebounded one of the toughest frontcourts in the league 51-41. I think it was a great move by Coach Larry Drew to go with a bigger lineup with Zaza in the middle. It worked out to the Hawks advantage, and they got the W.