The Pacers may have the NBA’s best record - but the Hawks still have their number in Atlanta. The Hawks built a 25-point lead and held on for a 97-87 victory, their 12th straight regular-season home win over the Pacers, at Philips Arena Wednesday night. It was the Hawks signature win at this point in the season. More importantly, the Hawks (19-17) snapped a three-game losing streak. Kyle Korver led the Hawks with 17 points. They also got double-figures from Pero Antic (16), Jeff Teague (15), Mike Scott (15) and DeMarre Carroll (11). Making the win more impressive was the fact that Paul Millsap had just four points. Korver extended his NBA-record streak to 105 games with a 3-pointer. The Pacers (28-7) had a three-game win streak snapped and lost for just the second time in 10 games. Paul George led the Pacers with a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds. The Pacers played without starter Lance Stephenson (knee) and Danny Granger started in his place, his first assignment since April 21, 2012. The Hawks took a commanding 17-point lead, 49-32, into halftime. The sizeable advantage started in the first quarter as the Pacers struggled from the beginning. They missed their first five shots on the way to a 1-of-13 start that included five turnovers. The Pacers finished the first quarter shooting 23.8 percent (5 of 21). The Hawks led 25-12 after the opening period represented the Pacers’ lowest first-quarter output of the season.
Hawks build, keep early lead over Pacers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jan 9