ATLANTA – It’s over. This time, the Indiana Pacers had a successful regular-season trip to Atlanta.
David West scored 22 points, Paul George added 18 and the league-leading Pacers beat the Hawks 89-85 on Tuesday night.
The Pacers’ most recent victory in Atlanta came in May in the clinching Game 6 of their first-round playoff series. But Indiana (38-10) had dropped its last 12 regular-season games in Atlanta, including a 97-87 decision Jan. 8.
“I don’t have to answer questions about it anymore, so that’s good,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. “We’ve had some struggles here, but it’s not anything we were losing sleep over.”
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Atlanta (25-22) failed to place a starter in double figures. Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver had nine points apiece. All-Star forward Paul Millsap went 2 for 11 from the field and finished with seven points. Reserve Mike Scott had a team-high 15 points.
“Offensively, it just wasn’t one of our better nights,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think you have to give Indiana and their defense credit for that.”
Cartier Martin’s three-pointer cut Indiana’s lead to 86-84 with 14.9 seconds left. C.J. Watson and Danny Granger combined for three free throws to help the Pacers hold on for the victory.
“Our guys buckled down on the defensive end,” Vogel said. “(Atlanta) made a few shots in the last minute or two, but for the most part we held a pretty explosive team down to 85 points.”
At Timberwolves 109, Lakers 99
Kevin Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota, spoiling guard Steve Nash’s return for languishing Los Angeles. The Lakers have lost seven in a row.
Kevin Martin of the Timberwolves had 14 of his 32 points in the first 10 minutes.
Nash, a two-time league most valuable player, had been out since Nov. 10 because of nerve problems in his back. He had seven points and nine assists in 25 minutes.
Bulls 101, at Suns 92
Carlos Boozer contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago snapped Phoenix’s winning streak at five.
Goran Dragic led Phoenix with 24 points.
Bobcats 91, at Warriors 75
Al Jefferson had 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead Charlotte past Golden State.
Stephen Curry had 17 points and 11 assists for the Warriors, who shot a season-low 31.2 percent.
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