Indiana snaps skid, beats Hawks by 22

INDIANAPOLIS - Danny Granger tied a career high with 32 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-91 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Granger shot 10-for-15 from the field and had nine rebounds. He tied his career best point total on a dunk late in the fourth quarter.

Mike Dunleavy had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Kareem Rush scored 20 points for the Pacers.

Josh Childress tied a career high with 26 points and Josh Smith added 20 for the Hawks, who have lost three straight.

It was Indiana's largest victory margin at home this season. The Pacers shot 13-for-25 from 3-point range and outrebounded the Hawks 49-35 to win before heading out on a five-game road trip.

Indiana scored a season-low 72 points in a loss to Memphis on Wednesday, but shot 48 percent against Atlanta.

Indiana point guard Jamaal Tinsley sat out for his fourth straight game with a sore left thigh. It was the team's first win without him.

The Pacers evened the season series with the Hawks. Atlanta won 107-95 on Dec. 26.

Indiana led 39-37 in the second quarter before closing with a 15-6 run to take a 54-43 lead at halftime. Dunleavy had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

The Pacers started the second half on a 16-5 run that included eight points by Granger to take a 70-48 lead. Indiana extended that lead to 87-61 by the end of the period.

Indiana's largest lead was 31 points in the fourth quarter.


Indiana C David Harrison played after missing seven games with a sore back. He entered the game with 2:22 left in the first quarter, and finished with two points in seven minutes. ... Indianapolis Colts players Gary Brackett, Bob Sanders, Antoine Bethea, Ben Utecht and Marlin Jackson attended the game. They got a standing ovation when their presence was announced. ... Former Pacers G Anthony Johnson started for the Hawks and finished with four points and one assist in 22 minutes. ... Atlanta G Joe Johnson had 26 points and 11 assists in the win over the Pacers earlier in the season, but scored just eight points this time. ... Indiana F Shawne Williams did not play because of coaching decisions in two of the past three games. He went scoreless and fouled out in nine minutes against the Hawks.