RECAP: Hawks 97, Pacers 87

Bo Churney —  January 8, 2014


   IND.gif(28-7) 87 – 97 (19-17)ATL

Key Performers:
K. Korver (ATL): 17 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast
P. George (IND): 28 pts, 12 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl

Sure, Indiana was on the second game of a back-to-back. Yes, Lance Stephenson didn’t play due to a right knee contusion. However, the Hawks — sans Horford — still looked pretty damn great against one of the best teams in the league. The Hawks opened the game on a 12-0 run, which included eight points from Pero Antic, and never looked back in the wire-to-wire victory. Antic and Elton Brand made Roy Hibbert an absolute non-factor, and DeMarre Carroll kept Paul George under wraps until the latter part of the second half. Every Hawk that entered the game scored at least five points and had at least one dime. Overall, it was a great team effort for the Hawks in a somewhat dominating victory.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Rough night shooting for Paul, who shot 1-for-10 from the floor. He contributed in other areas though, putting up five assists against zero turnovers and generally playing good defense on David West. Millsap has shot 13-for-54 (24%) in his last four games, so hopefully this 1-for-10 is a bottoming-out and he can return to his normal shooting percentages soon. 5.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: Between Robby Kalland and I sitting on media row, we had at least 10 instances of us saying to each other, “Why is DeMarre dribbling?” It got so bad at one point that Coach Bud even called a timeout as soon as DeMarre tried dribbling against Paul George’s press defense. All of that aside, DeMarre had a great game, scoring well in transitioning, jumping the passing lanes correctly, and playing strong defense on Paul George, who took 25 shots to get his 28 points. Coach said of DeMarre, “On an individual basis, [DeMarre] really set the tone for us with his defense and activity.” 9/10

Pero Antic: As the Hawks official Twitter account tweeted earlier, is this the start of the Pero Antic “Rookie of the Month” campaign? Pero poured in another 16 points tonight, and his defense on Hibbert was especially strong. Pero also led the team with a plus-20 rating. 8.5/10

Jeff Teague: Sidenote on the “Why is DeMarre dribbling?” mention earlier: Jeff needs to have better awareness on going and getting the ball from his teammates when they are in a bit of trouble. Other than that, just an OK night from Jeff, who took a shot to head at the end of the game. Jeff said he was fine afterwards in the locker room, saying that he got hit on the cheek, which should relieve fans of possible concussion fears. 6.5/10

Kyle Korver: Korver extended his streak to 105 games, which he did on a four-point play in the third quarter. The Hawks rode Korver’s hot hand on the second half, as Kyle scored 15 points on just six shots in those 24 minutes of play. 8.5/10

Elton Brand: Like Pero, Elton had a particularly strong night defensively on Hibbert. Brand also did well on defense in generally, which included several successful protections of the rim on help defense. The Hawks are now 13-7 when Elton plays more than 10 minutes. 8/10

Mike Scott: Good offensive night from Mike with 15 points on nine shots, but he definitely left some points out there by missing some easy hook shots around the rim. He also grabbed four rebounds and committed zero turnovers for the night. 8/10

Shelvin Mack and Lou Williams: I’m just grouping them together because they both played the same game, which was very “meh”. Neither of them could hit anything from the field and their ball-handling abilities for the game were a roller-coaster ride. There was a reason that the Hawks had to rely on DeMarre dribbling so much in this game. 2/10

Mike Budenhozler: I have seen a lot of games where the reverse of what happened tonight takes place for the Hawks, so it was nice to see Atlanta jump out to a big early lead and actually keep it. Credit Coach Bud for having his team ready to play and for seemingly great adjustments (i.e.: the Brand/Pero rotation) during the game. 9/10

Opposition: Like I said in the opener, the Pacers were on the second of a back-to-back and were without Lance Stephenson. They were down 16-3 early and had trouble making any progress on shortening that lead until late in the fourth quarter. They looked awful, but not too awful when you consider the context. 5/10

Next: Atlanta vs. Houston, Friday, January 10th

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4 responses to RECAP: Hawks 97, Pacers 87

  1. Great win hawks!!! IDC pacers were on a back to back. We never get get that when were on a back to back and lose. No excuses they didnt have lance we didn’t have horford. Great win hawks

  2. Yep, injuries were a wash and if Hibbert and George are surefire All-Stars, and they are, they shouldn’t be slowed by the likes of DeMarre Carroll, Pero Antic and what’s left of Elton Brand. Good players those 3, but not on the level of the Pacers’ 2 guys. Simply a good win for a scrappy team, that happens a lot in the NBA since they’re all pro teams.

    • Fatigue and denial are two very powerful things in this world.

      We caught the Pacers on their 4th game in 5 nights. Let’s not get carried away as if that single win vindicates anything. Particularly their playoff series win against us last summer.

      Perspective, my fellow Hawks fan.

  3. And I should add, given that the Hawks have lost to two West contenders on last second shots (SA and GS) they deserve a win like this.