The Hawks put up a good fight, but the Pacers proved to be too much for the feisty young squad.
The Hawks fought and battled all afternoon but it would not be enough to keep the hot streak going. John Collins and Kevin Hueter each scored 22 while Alex Len added 19 and Trae Young chipped in 16 points in the 116-108 loss.
A couple of times, Indiana looked like they may pull away for good but each time Atlanta would respond with a big three.
The Hawks got off to a hot start in the first quarter behind the strong play of John Collins and Trae Young. After leading 20-13 midway through the first, Indiana would go on a 17-1 run to gain control. The Pacers would watch that lead grow to 12 early in the 2nd before the Hawks went on a 10-0 run.
After a back and forth stretch and a couple of questionable calls, Indiana led 63-60 at the half.
The story of the first half was the energy and hustle Atlanta displayed, snatching 12 offensive rebounds. Kevin Huerter also shot lights out going 4-5 from deep. Collins’ 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists was also instrumental in keeping the Hawks within shouting distance.
Trae Young also got off to a blazing start with 6 points and 4 assists in the first six minutes but foul trouble would limit him to just 10 first half minutes.
The Pacers would settle in during the third quarter quickly forcing a Hawks’ timeout just four minutes in with a 13-6 start. The Hawks would battle back but another 16-5 Indy run would put them up 16 at the end of the 3rd 97-81.
However, the Hawks would not go away quietly. Atlanta would close to within six behind a monster jam and a couple of big threes from Kevin Huerter. But it was not enough to get over the hump. A few clutch blocks, steals and free throws would be the difference in what could be considered one of the hardest fought losses of the year.
The loss sends Atlanta to 11-25 while the Pacers improve to 25-12.
Notable Stat Lines
25 Points | 16 Rebounds | 7 Offensive Rebounds
22 Points | 6-9 3 Pointers
16 Points | 4-6 3 Pointers | 7 Assits
21 Offensive Rebounds | 24 Assists | 17 Turnovers | 13-32 3 Pointers
Up next, the Hawks (11-25) travel to the nation’s capital to face the Wizards (14-23). Game time is set for 7:00 on FSSE.
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