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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Al Horford scored 25 points, and Jeff Teague added 21 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 108-92 on Monday night.

Kyle Korver added 13 points for Atlanta, which has won eight of its last nine games and seven straight.

The Hawks dominated early and never let up as they built a 28-18 first quarter lead. In building that lead Atlanta (14-6) shot 5 of 9 beyond the arc.

The lead went to 21 when Teague made a layup and free throw after with 8:25 to play in the third quarter.

C.J. Miles and Rodney Stuckey each scored 15 points to lead Indiana (7-14). Luis Scola came off the bench to score 12.

The Pacers only lead, 8-7, came at 7:31 in the first quarter.

DeMarre Carroll and the Hawks came out shooting from long range. All five of his first quarter field goal attempts were from 3-point range. They made three. They had 22 points in the paint during the opening half and finished with 48.

Indiana tried to rally when Damjan Rudez made a 3-pointer to start a 10-2 run late in the first half.

But, the Hawks answered with an 11-4 run, including the final seven points of the half to take a 60-43 lead.

Indiana had nine first half turnovers which Atlanta converted into 10 points. The Pacers finished with 17 turnovers that the Hawks used to score 15 points.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel was called for a technical foul with 7:05 to play. Korver coverted the free throws to give Atlanta a 97-79 lead. It Vogel's second of the year.



Atlanta: The Hawks averaged 103.3 points and 27.7 assists and held their opponents to 88.7 points during the six-game winning streak that were on entering Monday night's game. Horford (11), Carroll (10) and Teague (10) each scored in double figures during the first half.

Indiana: The Pacers current five-game losing streak is their second of the season. The first was October 31-November 8 when they dropped six straight. Indiana averaged 72.5 percent from the free-throw line entering the game and its 53 percent was near its season low of 50 percent.


Atlanta: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday

Indiana: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday

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