David West finished with 22 points and added 10 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a close victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 89-85. Indiana (38-10) has now won three consecutive games.
West shot 10-19 from the field. Paul George chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds for Indiana as well. On 4-8 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-5 from the free throw line, Mike Scott put up 15 points off the bench for Atlanta in the loss.
As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Pacers (82.5% DR%), who took advantage of the Hawks 26th-ranked offensive rebounding (22.1% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Pacers rank first in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 77.5%.
This drops Atlanta (25-22) to 1-1 versus Indiana on the season.
Coming up next, the Pacers play the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 34-14 on the year. The Hawks match up with the New Orleans Pelicans, currently 20-27 this season. The Pacers have a 0-1 record against Portland this season.