David West scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping the Indiana Pacers hold off the Atlanta Hawks 89-85 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday night.
Paul George scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Lance Stephenson added 10 points.
After the Hawks used a 28-point second quarter to take a one-point lead into the break, the Pacers absolutely dominated the Hawks on both ends of the court in the third quarter. They outscored the Hawks 24-12 and had an 11-point lead when the fourth quarter began.
The Pacers pushed the lead to 16 on an Ian Mahinm bucket with 8:10 to go when the Hawks began to rally. A Mike Scott three-pointer sparked a 17-5 run that cut the lead to 78-74. After the Pacers pushed the lead back to eight, Scott and Cartier Martin hit back-to-back three-pointers. The Hawks fouled C.J. Watson, who made just one of two three-pointers, giving the Pacers a three-point lead with 13 seconds. On the other end, Paul Millsap was fouled, but only hit one free throw. Danny Granger sunk two free throws on the other end to ice the game.
Scott led the Bucks with 15 points and Elton Brand scored 12. No other player, including all five Hawks’ starters, scored in double figures.
The win improves the Pacers to 38-10 while the Hawks fall to 25-22.