The Pacers hold off a late Hawks rally to snap a 12-game road losing streak in Atlanta behind 22 points and 10 rebounds from David West. Lance Stephenson was injured in the third quarter, leaving the game. Perhaps the best result from the Indiana Pacers' first regular season road victory against the Atlanta Hawks since 2006 was the general lack of concern David West showed for Lance Stephenson in the post game interview. West appeared to feel Stephenson was fine despite Stephenson leaving the game in the third quarter with a lower back injury after getting upended and landing on his neck in what could've been a gruesome injury. Stephenson completed a three point play after hitting the circus shot and stayed in the game following the fall, but was taken to the back a few minutes later. Stephenson downplayed the injury after the game according to Candace Buckner, who cited Stephenson as limping on his way to the trainer's room. While Stephenson will still need to be evaluated, the long layoff will help if Stephenson is deemed day-to-day with no long term concerns for his availability. Stephenson's exit will be a major talking point of tonight's outcome, but not deserving to be overshadowed was Indiana grabbing a rare win at Philips Arena, managing to pull out a win on the road on the second night of a back-to-back, something that's been less than a lock despite the team's 38-10 record. The Pacers fought through an ugly first quarter, wrapping the quarter up on an 8-0 run and holding Atlanta scoreless for the final 3:42 of the first quarter for a 19-15 advantage. Atlanta shot just 26%, but the Pacers were turning the ball over at an alarming rate, something that didn't fix itself in the second quarter as shots began to fall for Atlanta. The Hawks used a 10-0 run to take a 36-31 lead en route to a 43-42 lead at halftime. Indiana committed 14 turnovers in the first half, allowing the Hawks to score 17 points off turnovers as Atlanta shot 73% in the second quarter. All of this overshadowed a solid shooting first half for the Pacers, who shot 53.1%, but went into the break trailing due to their turnover issue. In the third quarter, the Indiana defense once again put the game on their backs, holding the Hawks to just 12 points in the quarter to build an 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Once there, the Pacers expanded their lead to 16, but in the final eight minutes, the Hawks slowly chipped away at Indiana's lead, with an 8-2 Atlanta run trimming the lead to four. A West bucket and Paul George dunk pushed the game back to eight with under two minutes remaining, but Atlanta continued to fight, cutting the lead to two at 86-84 with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter. C.J. Watson split his ensuing free throws, pushing the lead to three. Paul Millsap fought for a good three point look, but was fouled on the ground in a head's up play by Danny Granger. At the line Millsap missed the first free throw to split his pair, setting Granger up on the end to ice the game on two free throws, leading to Indiana's 89-85 win over the Hawks. The game was played at Indiana's pace nearly the entire night and while the Hawks had two big pushes, Indiana's ability to find key buckets, primarily from West, that helped put the game in the win column for Indiana. West has proven a huge security blanket for the Pacers in tight games this year and carried the Pacers for 22 points and 10 rebounds, securing his fifth double of the season. West was one of three Pacers in double figures, as the starters didn't allow a single double figure scorer from Atlanta's starting five. While the Hawks did have 46 bench points, they limited Atlanta's best playmakers all night, including just nine points for Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver and seven for Paul Millsap, who was just 2-11 from the field. Paul George struggled to find his shot all night, scoring 18 points on 6-16 shooting with seven rebounds. George's shot selection wasn't great, nor was many of his plays getting back on defense. DeMarre Carroll did a great job getting back on George's attempts early in the game, which helped him reach eight points on the night. George also struggled with turnovers, committing five.
Pacers get just enough to grab rare road win against Hawks
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