Recap of the Hawks vs. Pacers game on 12-29-12
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 109-100 at home at Philips Arena. This was the second game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 19-9 on the season, 2-0 in the regular season series with the Pacers, and 2-0 in their back-to-back set. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague, Louis Williams, and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, and Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia in the frontcourt. Josh Smith (strained right hip flexor), Devin Harris (sore left foot), and Anthony Morrow (strained right hip) did not play. Mike Scott and Anthony Tolliver both received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Louis Williams, with 21 points. He also dished out a career-high 12 assists, giving him a double-double on the night. Al Horford added 20 points, six boards, and six assists. Zaza Pachulia contributed a double-double, with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Kyle Korver had 16 points. Jeff Teague scored 15 points and dished out six assists. John Jenkins came off the bench for a career-high 10 points. He even flashed DeShawn Stevenson's signature celebratory move after nailing a three in this one. The leading scorer for the Pacers was David West, with a game-high 29 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks went on an 11-2 run. Louis Williams dished out eight assists in the period. In the second quarter, the Hawks and Pacers drew a 22-all tie, and the Hawks lead 55-48 at the break. In the third quarter, the Hawks took their largest lead of the game at 18, 83-65, and they lead 83-70 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Pacers went on a 12-3 run and cut the Hawks' lead to three. Jeff Teague responded with 10 points in the period, which sparked an 11-2 Hawks' run to secure the nine-point Hawks' victory. I think the key to the win for the Hawks was balanced scoring. With two of the starters out (Smith and Harris), the Hawks needed to have a more balanced offensive attack in this one. It worked, as a season-high-tying six Hawks' players scored in double-figures. Great win for the Hawks to make it four-straight Ws overall.