Tonight, the Atlanta Hawks played much better against the Indiana Pacers. However, the fourth quarter spelled doom for Atlanta as they fell 125-113 at State Farm Arena. The Hawks are 0-5 on the second night of back-to-back games.
This was the second game in a week that the Hawks struggled in the fourth quarter. On Wednesday’s 118-117 loss to the Mavericks, the Hawks blew a 13 point lead. Tonight signaled the seventh time Atlanta blew a lead in the final stanza. The Hawks blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter, as Indiana outscored Atlanta 41-26.
“I don’t think so,” Pierce said when asked playing the back-to-back contributed to struggling down the stretch. “Same deal, we didn’t make any shots down the stretch and they made every shot down the stretch.”
Doug McDermott of the Pacers had 26 points, leading all scorers. Myles Turner added 19 points and 10 rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points and Justin Holiday had 15 points.
Aaron Holiday scored 16 points off the bench in the second half.
It wasn’t all bad for the Hawks though, as they had 31 assists on the night. The ball movement was great, however, the defensive effort must improve.
Clint Capela had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Trae Young had 15 points and 14 assists but didn’t attempt a 3-pointer for just the second time in his career.
Forward De’Andre Hunter (right knee surgery), Guards Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee fracture), Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery), Rajon Rondo (lower back pain), and Tony Snell (right Achilles tenderness) were out.
Heading into the All-Star Break, the Hawks will have a stretch of ten games in fifteen days, with beginning with a trip to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks on Monday night.