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Feb 5, 9:59 PM EST

Millsap, Horford pace Hawks past Pacers 102-96


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ATLANTA (AP) -- Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Al Horford added 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks won their third straight game with a 102-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

Paul George finished with 31 points for Indiana, which has lost 17 of its last 19 regular-season matchups in Atlanta.

Millsap scored 14 of the Hawks' first 24 points and finished 10 for 14 from the field.

The Pacers missed their first six shots of the fourth quarter before C.J. Miles' runner cut the lead to 78-74 with 8 minutes remaining.

George's 3 with 4:49 left gave Indiana its last lead at 86-84. He hit another 3 with 1:02 left, falling back and heaving the ball over his right shoulder for a 35-footer that brought the Pacers within two.

But Jeff Teague's jumper and Kent Bazemore's two free throws pushed the lead to six with 22 seconds left. Teague had 16 points. Bazemore had 15 points and a game-high eight assists.

Neither team led by more than six until the closing seconds. The lead changed hands 12 times.

Horford had two consecutive dunks to push Atlanta back in front 73-72 in the last minute of the third. Dennis Schroder hit a 3 to make it a four-point lead early in the fourth.

The Hawks stayed in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 30-22 record. Indiana, at 26-24, remained in seventh place.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Indiana has dropped six of eight on the road. ... G Monta Ellis, who averaged 20.5 points in the previous four games, scored 11. ... After averaging 5.5 points in 10 straight games, Miles has averaged 20 in the last two.

Hawks: Atlanta has won seven of its last nine at home. ... Led by Schroder's nine points, the bench scored 20 - 60 less than the reserves combined for in Wednesday's win at Philadelphia, the team's highest total since 1987-88.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Detroit on Saturday night.

Hawks: Visit Orlando on Sunday.

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