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On a run
Johnson leads Hawks to fifth straight win

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks are winning like it's 1999.

Joe Johnson scored the first two baskets in a 12-0 run and the Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 107-95 on Wednesday night for their first five-game winning streak in eight years.

The Hawks are three games over .500 this late in the season for the first time since the 1998-99 season, the last time they made the playoffs.

The Hawks' last five-game winning streak came early the following season, from Nov. 27-Dec. 8 in 1999.

The Hawks broke a 70-all tie with 12 straight points to take the lead for good. The streak covered the last two minutes of the third quarter and continued with back-to-back baskets by Josh Childress for an 82-70 lead in the final quarter.

Troy Murphy, who led Indiana with 19 points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Pacers cut the lead to 84-81, and another 3 by Danny Granger again made it a three-point game at 89-86.

Anthony Johnson answered with a 3 as the Hawks scored seven straight points for a 96-86 lead, forcing the Pacers to call a timeout with 3:48 left. Jamaal Tinsley scored on a one-on-three drive to the basket to cut the lead to 96-92, but Josh Smith answered with a three-point play for Atlanta, and Smith's 3-point shot with 37 seconds left put away the game.

Joe Johnson had 26 points and 11 assists to lead six Hawks who scored in double figures. Smith added 16 points and seven rebounds. Marvin Williams had 14 points.

Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana. Tinsley had 16 points and 12 assists.

Smith, limited by foul trouble, had only five points and three rebounds through three quarters before playing a lead role in the final eight minutes. Smith, Anthony Johnson and Williams entered the game with 7:53 left, after Murphy's two 3-pointers cut the lead to 84-81.

Indiana, making its only visit of the season to Atlanta, closed the first quarter with a 9-0 run for a 25-23 lead. A 3-pointer by Kareem Rush helped the Pacers stretch the lead to 32-25.

Notes: G Marquis Daniels remained at the Pacers' team hotel in Atlanta, suffering from a respiratory infection. ... After being out of uniform for 11 games with a strained left calf, Hawks G Tyronn Lue dressed but did not play. ... Ike Diogu had six points and two steals in only 6 minutes for Indiana in the first half. One of his steals set up his dunk.