Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 89, Pacers 86 (updated)

Vivlamore reporting from Philips Arena.

The Hawks didn’t just go cold in the third quarter. They went ice cold.

It didn’t matter.

The Hawks shot a meager 27 percent from the floor following halftime but erased a 14-point deficit for a dramatic 89-86 victory over the Pacers Wednesday night at Philips Arena. It was the second straight impressive win for the Hawks, who won at the defending Western Conference champion Thunder Sunday.

The Hawks made just 6 of 22 shots and the Pacers went on an 18-0 run in the third quarter. At a timeout with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter, the Hawks’ shooting percentage following intermission remained at 27 percent (9 of 33). By that point, the Pacers led 83-69, and appeared to have full control of the game.

Not so fast.

The Hawks (2-1) came storming back with an 18-0 run of their own, including eight straight points from Kyle Korver, to completely erase the big deficit.

“For a while tonight it looked like we were dead in the water,” coach Larry Drew said. “But we found our rhythm. We started making some shots. We started chasing down loose balls. We regained our momentum and made some big baskets.”

Earlier in the game, Drew implored Korver to keep shooting through his early-season struggles. Korver quickly responded “I will. You don’t have to worry about that.” Sure enough, he made three straight shots, including two 3-pointers, in the run. After the Hawks cut the lead to 83-82, they had several chances to take the lead. They finally did on a Jeff Teague 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining. Following a Pacers turnover, Teague added a floater to go up by four points.

Lance Stephenson answered with a 3-pointer with 18.7 remaining to make it 87-86. But Josh Smith, returning from a sprained right ankle, fed Lou Williams for an easy dunk with 17.1 seconds left. A Paul George 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short. The Hawks outscored the Pacers 24-9 in the fourth quarter.

“I appreciate it when everyone tells you to keep shooting when you miss a few in a row,” Korver said. “It’s actually one of my pet peeves. I know. I will. It’s what I do. But it’s good. You want your coach and your teammates to have your back.”

The Pacers (2-3) entered the game as the NBA leader in holding opponents to just a .389 field goal percentage. It appeared they would lower that number. However, they made just 4 of 19 shots (21.1 percent) and the Hawks made 10 of 14 shots (41.7 percent) in the decisive fourth quarter.

Al Horford led the Hawks with 16 points and nine rebounds. Teague added 15 points followed by Korver (13) and Smith (11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists).

David West and George Hill each had 20 points for the Pacers. West scored 14 first-half points.

Smith’s ankle proved just fine. The forward scored the Hawks’ first seven points, with a series of post-up moves. It was his assist on the Teague game-winner that was his biggest contribution.

“I stay after practice a lot of days working on that shot,” Teague said. “It finally came in a game situation. I knocked it down. Josh gave me a great pass. He came to me and said ‘I believe in you.’ It’s a team thing. Just playing together.”

The Hawks entered the game concerned with the Pacers clear height advantage and rebounding prowess. The Hawks started with a bigger lineup, starting Zaza Pachulia at center, meant to counter the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert. The 7-foot-2 center had just nine points and seven rebounds.

The Pacers entered the game as NBA leader in average rebounds (53.3) and defensive rebounds (38.0) per game through their first four games. The Hawks, by stark contrast, were 27th in rebounds (37.3) and 26th in defensive rebounds (27.5) in their two games.

“It’s a good job to have this measuring stick early and see how we do and overcome a big deficit,” Smith said. “You can see there is no quit in this team. We played extremely hard. We kept the tempo going. We didn’t hang our heads even though we probably felt like we didn’t get the good whistle. We didn’t worry about it. We just came out and established ourselves in the fourth quarter and played some great defense.”

At the end of the first half, the teams were tied with 19 rebounds each. In the end, the Hawks out-rebounded the Pacers 51-41.

The Hawks took a narrow 51-50 lead into the intermission. They started the second quarter on a 15-2 run to erase a three-point deficit. The run, keyed by 3-pointers from Williams and DeShawn Stevenson, gave the Hawks a 10-point lead.

However, the Pacers narrowed the gap with a 10-0 run of their own late in the half.

“We are going to fight,” Teague said. “We are undersized. Everybody knows that. But we are going to fight. We are going to play hard. That is what we did in the fourth quarter. We held them to nine points. That’s big.”

Notes

* The Hawks elected to go with a bigger lineup against the rebound proficient Pacers starting Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver at guard, Josh Smith and Al Horford at forward and Zaza Pachulia at center.

“It allows us to match up a little better because we are bigger,” Drew said. “When we’ve gone with a bigger lineup against this team it’s had a better effect for us.”

* Center Johan Petro, who recently returned to practice from a sore back, was inactive for the third game. Although the Hawks wanted a bigger lineup against the Pacers, Drew said Petro was not ready. “I wanted him to get some more practice time under his belt where he can get his timing and his conditioning in. I had a good talk with him after the shoot-around and explained it and he was in total agreement.”

* Drew said there is no plan to get rookies John Jenkins and Mike Scott into their first game. Drew doesn’t want to go that deep into his bench. It will likely take an injury to another player for the two to move up into the rotation.

* In their first two games, the Hawks committed a total of 24 turnovers. The 12.0 average was tied for second lowest in the NBA.

* The Pacers played without All-Star Danny Granger who is out indefinitely with a left knee injury. According to the team, Granger received an injection to treat left patellar tendinosis and that team medical personnel estimates the forward’s recovery time at about three months.

71 comments Add your comment

paian

November 7th, 2012
11:27 pm

wow we have rookies with potential that are just going to rot on the bench smh

Najeh Davenpoop

November 7th, 2012
11:28 pm

“After Horford’s subpar performance in the 1st gm, there was no shortage of negative comments from HORFORD HATERS. Now that he’s followed that gm up with 2 very solid and productive all around gms, not one of these HORFORD HATERS has had a single complimentary thing to say about it. I guess when it comes to recognizing him for doing something good, the SAMPLE SIZE is too small.”

I’m going to assume you are talking about me since you are bringing up sample size. Maybe you should go through and see the several nice things I said about Al throughout the game. He played a solid game tonight despite struggling on D early.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 7th, 2012
11:34 pm

Bill Simmons on the ESPN halftime show showing a ton of love for the Hawks. Wilbon as usual providing the hate. Jalen Rose pointing out that visiting players in Atlanta “don’t go to sleep at midnight”. Great analysis.

Rev in Tampa

November 7th, 2012
11:35 pm

I had thought the Hawks would be 0-5 to start the season. Boy, was I wrong. I guess I need to rethink my “rebuilding year” ideas.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 7th, 2012
11:37 pm

I don’t have a huge problem with Jenkins and Scott not getting minutes, but Ivan needs to be playing ahead of Tolliver.

paian

November 7th, 2012
11:47 pm

man how can the nets suck that bad

Ra'mon

November 7th, 2012
11:50 pm

Did anyone notice how the referees called the game so differently for Hansbrough and Ivan? Are they not the same type of player? However, the referees let Hansbrough get away with obvious fouls, but called everything on Ivan in a limited amount of time.

Wow, Willie Green is starting for Clippers?

Guys, I wonder if the Sixers would entertain a Devin Harris for Spencer Hawe type trade. Could you guys imagine a front line of Josh – Al – Spencer?

cp

November 8th, 2012
12:03 am

Good win tonight. It was good to see Korver finally knock down some shots. Teague had another solid game and hit that big shot at the end. Its time to move Ivan in front of Tolliver in the rotation. I dont understand LD’s man crush on Tolliver. I dont mind him playing but he should be playing a lot less.

Devin Harris has not been impressive. A lot of people on here were talking about how he should be the starter and how great dude is but the reality is he hasn’t played at a high lever for a few years now . Hopefully he plays better but man he was terrible out there tonight.

Slimjr

November 8th, 2012
12:17 am

LAkers down 11 with less than 4 to go against the #2 pick and Utah…

Mike Brown is basically getting ripped on NBA TV, by Shaq and the gang…

Luke Cage

November 8th, 2012
12:17 am

Love this group thus far, scrappy bunch to the end, don’t care who gets the points, or who gets the accolades or whateva, just keep playin hard & scrappy as a team and we will open alot of eyes.

terrell

November 8th, 2012
12:21 am

Horford played well Ken, but does he look like an all-star player to YOU? Just curious. And Im not a Horford basher. I actually like the guy. I just think Josh is the best pf on the team, and Center is Al’s best position. But if he doesnt want to play center, I wouldnt move Josh just to make him happy. Just my 2 cents. Btw, if we could somehow convinve Josh to stop doing dumb shoizz, it wouldnt even be a question on who’s the better player is. I wish we could just put Al’s head on Josh’s body. lol

Slimjr

November 8th, 2012
12:21 am

Ra’mon

November 7th, 2012
11:50 pm

“Did anyone notice how the referees called the game so differently for Hansbrough and Ivan? Are they not the same type of player? However, the referees let Hansbrough get away with obvious fouls, but called everything on Ivan in a limited amount of time.”

Nothing new there..

Lakers going to be 1-4! Ouch…

Luke Cage

November 8th, 2012
12:22 am

LD giving DEBO the “your still inexperienced” treatment, how else can you explain Tolliver getting so much burn.

Already knew Jenks n Scott were going to get the “ROOK” treatment as well but with Teague, Harris, Big Lou & sometimes Korver getting play at the G spot it was already going to be difficult unless injuries happen.

Luke Cage

November 8th, 2012
12:23 am

Clip Joint probably has the deepest bench this year

terrell

November 8th, 2012
12:23 am

Devin for Hawes? lol. Sixers arent that stupid.

heat check

November 8th, 2012
12:24 am

It’s obvious this team has more chemistry on/off the court than the Joe Johnson teams. Much more. Even if JJ’s contract was half the size, he was expendable if only for his awful body language. The whole team seems looser. They’re FINALLY playing with some personality. I’d rather watch them lose with this style than win with the JJ-era aloofness.

Slimjr

November 8th, 2012
12:24 am

Smith and Shaq are saying the Players don’t trust Coach Brown…

He may not last 25 games?

terrell

November 8th, 2012
12:27 am

How about we go after Steve Nash no defense playing azz. lol. Where are all of those wannabe GM’s at these days? Thank God for DF.

terrell

November 8th, 2012
12:29 am

And where are all the James Harden is a superstar after 2 great games people at?? JJ with a beard. lol.

Mike

November 8th, 2012
12:31 am

Hawks 2-0 starting Al at PF and Zaza at center. 0-1 with the other lineup.

Like Bernard Hopkins said: “DO DA MAFF!”… lmao

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 8th, 2012
12:31 am

Josh Smith really irritated me during this game. What’s new?

We need to involve Horford more on offense IMHO

terrell

November 8th, 2012
12:31 am

Jenkins and Scott will continue to rot on the bench as long as Deacon Drew is around. Cant play rooks. Its against his religion.

terrell

November 8th, 2012
12:34 am

Do da maff after 3 games? lol

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 8th, 2012
12:35 am

If those two rookies get any PT, it means we are really sucking

Forget about the rookies. Morrow and Ivan need minutes. Morrow less so if Korver is hitting shots. But dude had 2 steals the other night

terrell

November 8th, 2012
12:35 am

LD wont stick to one lineup. Please!

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 8th, 2012
12:37 am

That dude Lance Stephenson played like garbage. Where was Gerald Green?

Good game tonight but much room for improvement. We could have put this team away much earlier. Props to David West on a great game. He looked mad pissed at the end [probably] about not getting the ball

DS

November 8th, 2012
12:38 am

There aren’t enough minutes for Jenkins and Scott. I think Stephenson can really be that guys from Dallas again. Nice to see Teague making a big shot, finally some confidence! And why does Tolliver keep getting more minutes than Ivan??

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 8th, 2012
12:39 am

Would Ferry really consider hiring Mike Brown???

PLEASE don’t

Did it seem to anyone else that Josh was always on the freaking ground when in the lane tonight, after his early spurt?

DS

November 8th, 2012
12:43 am

And I see a DHarris trade happening before the deadline. Hopefully a wing and a backup center. Someone had mentioned singleton from the wizards and they definitely need a pg over there. In Ferry I trust!

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 8th, 2012
12:47 am

Cosign DS. Although Harris had some nice plays. He understands the game pretty well and it’s evident. We have too many damn small 2 guards

Mike

November 8th, 2012
12:54 am

You guys always find any reason you can latch onto to complain. The Hawks have played 3 very quality opponents and are 2-1 and can impact whether the Heat win/lose this Friday at Philips (that only happens 4 out of a total of 82 games, remember). They showed a lot of heart in that 4th quarter.

When I looked at an opening 5 vs. Houston, @OKC, vs. Indiana, vs. Miami, and @LAC, I would have been thrilled with 2-3. We already have banked the first 2 wins, let’s go and grab 1 (or God forbid, 2!) more! Relax, y’all!

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 8th, 2012
1:01 am

We can beat LAC

They have 2 overrated superstars and a bunch of has-beens. Plus we seem to do well vs them in general. I like our chances

Mike

November 8th, 2012
1:10 am

I’m nervous about a long flight to the west coast, playing on the road, plus LAC. I think the Hawks can beat anybody in the league on any given night this year but I don’t like our chances based on the difficulties of west coast road trips. I would be pleased if they did above .500 during those games against the WC’s weakest teams after the Clippers game.

Grandad

November 8th, 2012
1:27 am

notes:

* R f C P – I do not smoke / bad for my lungs /
not even a bhang pipe to which you may have been referring.
-back on point-
Korver is not as bad on def as you previously alluded;
/>It appears he calls the def when he`s on the floor
/>he is a great boxer-outer
/>he played the point in our 1-3-1 zone during tonite`s comeback
/>he`s always in position
/>he plays hard and gives good effort on def

-Also-
I continue to challenge those who say KKorv is worhless
I said it before tonite
I said he was a shot-maker and eventually they would fall
However;
he still brings leadership and team play/attitude onto the floor.

Grandad

November 8th, 2012
1:37 am

more notes:

* Zaza should remain as a Starter until or unless we get
a Big who is Bigger and or Better !

* Repeating myself – DHarris is hurting the team.
In my opinion, he is playing for his next contract;
not for his teammates.

* It is a travesty – Ivan is not receiving more PT.
He should be getting every min that goes to Toliver.

* LD, once again, JJenkins must play.
JJenkins will be a Hawk longer than LD.

* One cool thing about LD;
he can draw up a nice play coming out of a timeout.
Usually, we get a wide open look.

* Kudos to LD for going zone tonite [utilizing personnel]
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More to come later on.

northcyde

November 8th, 2012
1:53 am

Not going to rag on the things I could obviously talk about tonight.

Great win by this group. They did it on the defensive end and guys on the floor made big shots when they needed it the most. You don’t win games on offense. You win them on defense.

Props to Josh Smith for playing an Andre Iguodala type of game. He was in control most of the night, and didn’t force up many shots at all. I have no problem with him going toward the rim to try to score. Just a same that he couldn’t knock down more of those FTs, else he would’ve had a great night. He did the intangible things tonight, instead of trying to be the superstar. This version of Josh I can definitely live with.

And major props to Teague. I thought for a minute there that he wasn’t going to take that wide open 3, and try to drive to the hole. He took that shot with confidence and drained it. And I’m shocked that he made the play on the next possession, with the shot clock running down. Those are “maturation” type plays from Teague there.

9 points – 5 rebounds – 2 assists from Teague in the 4th quarter alone. Good job man.

Horford, Zaza, and Korver at the end all get props too.

Fans at the game need to start wearing some “FREE IVAN” T-shirts.

Jae Evolution

November 8th, 2012
2:00 am

JC1 just did some dude DIRTY on ESPN, put it through the guys legs and made him fall, ouch.

Honesty

November 8th, 2012
2:01 am

This was the best game i’ve seen josh play in two years! He CANNOT be stopped when he plays in the pain like that. Indy had to double-team him! He can play the Small forward position if he stays in the paint like that.

Jae Evolution

November 8th, 2012
2:04 am

Ken Strickland

November 8th, 2012
2:14 am

NEJAH-Yes, I did take a stab at you with that comment, but I don’t consider you a HORFORD HATER.

TERRELL-I don’t know what your criteria is for determining that Horford is a better C than PF. His size, quickness, athleticism, strength and excellent midrange jumpshot has served him well against the NBAs usually bigger, stronger, taller and more physical Cs.

His ability to excel despite these disadvantages has earned him Allstar and All NBA recognition.
Why wouldn’t it serve him even better against PFs that are usually not as big, tall, strong and physical as their C counterparts.

vava74

November 8th, 2012
2:19 am

I am not a Jamal fan, as most of know, since for me he is a wasted talent, but the guy is straight ballin’ right now :-D

If he keeps it up at this level it almost makes it even sadder that he “got it” only past his 30th year and 10th as a pro…

vava74

November 8th, 2012
2:23 am

On tonight’s win, I could catch it because my Internet service is down due to flodding in the area and power break ups but I woke up in the middle of the night to check out the game cast on my mobile.

Just in time to witness the 3rd quarter meltdown (which looked -without watching- to have the refs’ dirty paws on it). Shut it down without any hope of a come back.

Boy, what a nice surprise!

EmirS.

November 8th, 2012
2:26 am

To close for a team that is missing its Star-Player.

Not much to say about this game to be honest. Good fight to climb back the ladder. Seems the team is still looking for their identity.

Grandad

November 8th, 2012
2:27 am

Something I noticed;
or was it just me,
does Indiana play dirty ?

Ken Strickland

November 8th, 2012
2:33 am

HONESTY-Before training camp I mentioned how moving Josh to SF would help him become a better player by making it a lot easier for him to operate in the paint. The vast majority of the SFs don’t have the size, height, strength, and aren’t as physical as the average PF. That makes it a whole lot easier for Josh to use his size, height and strength in the paint.

At PF, we’ve all seen him give up and launch jumpshots when he can’t position himself inside against the stronger, taller and/or more physical PFs. We’ve seen a number of PFs keep him at bay and out of the paint, but I don’t know of any SFs that can do that consistently without some help.

And I’m with everyone else when it comes to the totally unexplainable reason LDrew insists on giving so many mins to ATolliver and so few mins to IJohnson. The only thing Tolliver has demonstated he can do better than Ivan is shoot 3s. While I think Korver can and will be effective for us in the long run, he’s definitely not starting material.

What happened to Petro? I didn’t see his name listed in the box score as a DNP CD, or listed as injured.

soullrenaissance

November 8th, 2012
2:45 am

Cardiac Hawks!!! I applaud the scrappiness in this team.

Ken Strickland

November 8th, 2012
2:45 am

I simply love the way this team has not only been extremely competitive, but is actually winning against good teams away and at home while still learning who and what they are. Only 5 of our 14 players have played together as Hawks, so they’re still trying to extablish chemistry and their individual rolls on the team, which for some is difficult.

You can bet Ivan Johnson is confused about his role after being a key contributor last yr. He’s now been moved back in the rotation and had his mins drastically reduced by a player that’s nowhere near as good as he is, unless you’re looking exclusively for a 3pt shooting 4.

northcyde

November 8th, 2012
2:53 am

C-Viv . . . I dare you.

No . . I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU to ask Drew this question

“Ivan Johnson has been giving you good minutes off the bench, why isn’t he getting more playing time over a guy who is struggling, like Anthony Tolliver?”

I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU to ask LD that question in the next press conference or beat report interview.

vava74

November 8th, 2012
3:17 am

Over and under:

# of games until Ivan punches LD in the face and ends his fairly tale story?

LD should be arrested for playing Tolliver ahead of Big Ivan.

vava74

November 8th, 2012
3:20 am

Grandad,

That Lou dunk, was it +1?

Because Tyler hit him square in the face with his elbow.

I call that whacking and dirty.

Don’t like to see it on other teams, but I sure like to see that on mine.