The Atlanta Hawks picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 27 assists and turning it over only 10 times, in a 97-87 win over the Indiana Pacers. Atlanta (19-17) entered the game on a three losing streak.
Kyle Korver scored 17 points on 6-8 shooting, including 3-5 on 3-point attempts, in a strong performance. Jeff Teague contributed 15 points and 6 assists for Atlanta as well. Paul George had another strong performance for Indiana despite the loss, scoring 28 points on 11-25 shooting, including 3-10 from behind the arc. He also added 12 rebounds.
The sharp-shooting offense of Atlanta played well despite facing the defense of Indiana that ranks best in the league at contesting shots (44.6% opponents' eFG%), ending the contest with an eFG% of 52.0%. The Hawks posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.70. This year, they are 6-2 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Pacers are 0-1 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
This loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Indiana, dropping them to 28-7 on the year.
Coming up, the Hawks square off with the Houston Rockets, who are 22-13 on the season. The Pacers match up with the Washington Wizards, currently sitting at 15-17 this year. The Hawks have a 0-1 record against Houston this season. The Pacers are 1-0 versus Washington this season.