George scores 26 to lead Pacers past Hawks, 108-98
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:00 AM
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) dunks the basketball above Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and forward Paul Millsap during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 108-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
David West had 17 points and Lance Stephenson added 13 to help the Pacers beat the Hawks for the second time in three meetings this season.
Kyle Korver scored 19 points, shooting 5 for 7 on 3-pointers, and Lou Williams added 18 points for the Hawks, who have lost six straight.
The Pacers went on a 12-2 run in the third quarter on a basket by West, two 3-pointers by George and a dunk and layup by George Hill to give Indiana a 73-54 lead early in the third.
The Pacers put the game away when Ian Mahinmi converted a three-point play and Danny Granger hit a 3 to take a 101-82 lead.
After the Pacers jumped to a 19-point lead in the third quarter, the Hawks scored seven straight. Korver hit a 3, Jeff Teague made two free throws, and Williams had a layup to make it 75-63.
West gave Indiana an 80-67 lead with two free throws before Atlanta scored six straight.
Mike Scott, Williams, and Paul Millsap each scored baskets to make it 80-73 with 1:55 left in the third.
Atlanta’s injury woes didn’t get any better.
Forward DeMarre Carroll was listed as a game-time decision, but didn’t play for the second straight game because of a left hamstring strain. And center Gustavo Ayon left in the first half with a right shoulder injury and didn’t play in the second half.
The Pacers went on a 7-2 run late in the third quarter. C.J. Watson scored and Mahinmi made a free throw, but missed his second attempt, and Watson grabbed the rebound and scored. Scott scored for Atlanta and Granger scored on a put-back to make it 87-75 heading to the fourth.
The Pacers almost shut the door on the Hawks right from the start, using a 16-0 run to build a 22-5 lead early in the first quarter.
Stephenson hit a 3, West scored twice, Roy Hibbert made two free throws and George hit a jumper, a 3-pointer, and later dunked with 7:00 remaining in the first.
Indiana led by 22 in the opening quarter when Stephenson scored with 4:37 left to give the Pacers a 31-9 lead.
The Hawks then went on a 12-2 run. Elton Brand scored and Korver hit a 3-pointer. West made two free throws to extend the lead for Indiana before Williams hit a 3 and two free throws, and Millsap scored to make it 33-19.
The Hawks got within three when Korver hit a 3-pointer to make it 52-49 with 1:02 left in the first half, but never could get over the hump.
George made two free throws and Hill hit a 3 with 7.2 seconds left in the first half to give the Pacers a 57-49 halftime lead.
NOTES: Hawks C Pero Antie was out with a right ankle stress fracture. … F Al Horford was out after having right pectoral muscle surgery. . G John Jenkins was out while recovering from lower back surgery. . Indiana’s 35 points in the first quarter was the most Atlanta has given up in the opening quarter this season.