Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) drives to the basket and gets fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Atlanta 108-98. Photo by Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Pacers 108, Hawks 98
All-Star forward Paul George scored 26 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field and forward David West had 17 points and six rebounds as the Indiana Pacers downed the Atlanta Hawks.
Indiana (41-12) got off to a quick start in the second half of the NBA season. A 25-4 run during the middle of the first quarter put the Pacers on course to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time this season.
Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point range.
Atlanta (25-27) has lost a season-high six consecutive games.
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Bobcats 108, Pistons 96
Center Al Jefferson collected 32 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Charlotte Bobcats won the first game of a home-and-home series with the Detroit Pistons.
Charlotte (24-30) moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The teams play again on Wednesday in Charlotte.
Point guard Brandon Jennings led the Pistons (22-31) with 24 points and seven assists.