RECAP: Pacers 114, Hawks 103

Raj Prashad —  February 6, 2013

FINAL

IND(30-19) 114 – 103 (26-21) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 24 pts, 2 reb, 8 ast
D. West (IND): 15 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 5 stl, 3 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

After a demoralizing loss to the shorthanded Chicago Bulls, Saturday, the Hawks were looking to get back on track against the surging Indiana Pacers. They did for one quarter- showing impressive ball movement and holding Indiana to just 18 points int he first. From there, things started to go downhill. In the opening quarter the bench held Atlanta together, but the starters simply couldn’t sustain. Paul George scored 11 of his 29 in the third as the Pacers built an 11-point lead heading into the fourth.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Horford got into foul trouble early and struggled to keep up with Indiana center, Roy Hibbert on the defensive end. Despite playing with his back against the wall, Horford notched 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists before fouling out in the fourth. 7/10

DeShawn Stevenson: DeShawn had a six points and four rebounds on the night, possibly showing that he’s starting to emerge from the slump that has hindered his shooting lately. 6/10

Kyle Korver: The good is that Korver extended his 3-point shooting streak to 41 consecutive games. The bad is that he only made 2-of-9 3-point attempts for 10 points, grabbed one rebound and allowing Paul George to drop a team-high 29 points. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was pretty fantastic in his return home. The point guard had 24 points in 35 minutes, shooting 52 percent from the floor. He did a great job of shutting down George Hill on the defensive end and dished out eight assists on the offensive end. Aggressive Teague is generally a good Teague. 9/10

Josh Smith: Like my colleague Buddy said in the comments section of his most recent article, it really does seem that Josh has already checked out. Smith was the closest Hawk to a double-double, grabbing 10 boards and scoring nine points over 39 minutes. While his numbers look good on paper, Josh seemed to go through the motions throughout the game. He got utterly worked– as David West’s stat line above shows– on defense and was pretty nonexistent for such a transcendent player. 5/10

Johan Petro: The jersey’s weren’t the only things retro Tuesday night. Petro put on a vintage performance, getting some early burn thanks to Horford’s foul trouble. He responded remarkably, scoring 10 points in the game and became a key defensive cog against Hibbert and the Pacers front line. 8/10

Ivan Johnson Some nights he’s got it going, some nights he comes out flat. And nights like Tuesday, when Johnson looked flat on both ends of the court, are nights when the Hawks really miss Zaza Pachulia’s consistent effort. Johnson was a step slow on every rebound and settled for long jumpers out of his range. It was a frustrating night from the big just one game after such a solid game against Chicago. 4/10

John Jenkins: Johnny J had a heck of a game, arguably the best of any Atlanta player. He notched 14 points and a team-best +16. He looked speedy and confident in his shot throughout the evening, hitting 40 percent of his attempts. Atlanta will need him to start playing with this kind of confidence on a nightly basis if they hope to contend in the post-Lou Williams era. 8/10

Anthony Tolliver: Tolliver barely saw the floor, yet again. He played just over one minute and grabbed one rebound. 2/10

Jannero Pargo: After slumping against the Bulls Saturday, Pargo responded with a nine-point, five-assist night. His court vision was solid and he didn’t have one turnover in 19 minutes. 7/10

Mike Scott: Six points and six rebounds in just under 12 minutes for the rookie? He did have five fouls and got blown by a few times on defense, but it was a surprisingly strong strong game off the bench for Scott. He’s really starting to turn it on this month after a bit of a slow start. 6/10

Larry Drew: LD did a great job managing the lineup Tuesday. He saw Teague struggling early, benched him for a few minutes and the point guard responded with a big game. He can’t, however, afford to sit all of his guys with a such a thin bench. He found gold, and stuck with it, with Petro’s play early, but Drew didn’t have an answer for Smoove’s continued struggles. 8/10

The opposition: Seven players in double-digits. West had a a ridiculous 15-7-4-5-3 night, while George dropped in 29 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point land. After an 18-point first quarter, the Pacers scored 30 or more for each of the next three quarters to extend their home winning streak to 15. 9/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs. Memphis, Wednesday, February 6th

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One response to RECAP: Pacers 114, Hawks 103

  1. I used to really want Josh Smith on the Pacers….cause he is / can be a freak talent… all of these mutterings about attitude throws me off. One thing I do like about the Pacers org is that they don’t take on head cases sense head case number 1 Ron Artest killed us for the better part of a decade…

    Hawks definitely have the pacers number, and I cringe every time we see a healthy hawks team. Hope you guys work out with the whole Josh Smith thing, one way or another. Not really a point to this ramble…other than respect.