7:30 PM ET, February 4, 2014
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA -- It's over. This time, the Indiana Pacers had a successful regular-season trip to Atlanta.
"This has been a tough place for us, but I thought we came in with the right motivation tonight," West said. "They blitzed us the last time we were down here."
The Pacers' most recent win in Atlanta came last May in the clinching Game 6 of their first-round playoff series. But Indiana (38-10) had dropped its last 12 regular-season games at the Hawks, including a 97-87 decision on 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."
Atlanta (25-22) failed to place a starter in double figures. It had won two straight and five of seven.
Teague made a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 41-35 lead with 1:06 left in the second quarter, but the Hawks were outscored 38-16 over the next 17 minutes.
"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."
Scott said it's no surprise that Atlanta's offense couldn't get much going against a defense that holds opponents to just 90.2 points a game, lowest in the NBA.
"They're very good," Scott said. "That's why they're the best team in the league defensively. We just missed open shots and couldn't get it in."
The Pacers had not won in the regular season at Philips Arena since Dec. 22, 2006.
"I thought our resolve took over," West said. "We were really precise with our movement and what we wanted to do. And we made plays when we needed to make plays."
Ian Mahinmi gave Indiana its biggest lead of the game with a tip-in that made it 73-57 with 8:10 left.
Pacers guard Lance Stephenson hit the floor hard on a layup at the 7:56 mark of the third, falling over Millsap in the lane and landing on his left shoulder and hip.
Stephenson then converted the three-point play to make it 55-47, but he sat out the last 16 minutes.
George stole the ball from rookie point guard Dennis Schroder late in the fourth and scored a fast-break layup to make it 82-74.
"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. That's a pretty good effort."
Indiana improved to 23-0 when holding opponents under 90 points. ... The Pacers are 10-3 since the loss in Atlanta on Jan. 8. ... Korver extended his NBA record to 116 consecutive games with a 3-pointer. Korver began his streak last season in Atlanta's second game -- a win at Oklahoma City. ... The Pacers are 15-8 on the road, best in the Eastern Conference.
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 4: Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks passes the ball against the Indiana Pacers on...(Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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MVP: David West powered the Indiana offense for most of the night with his midrange game. West finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in only his second 20-10 game of the season.
LVP: All-Star Paul Millsap was solid defensively, but his offense was not what the Hawks needed out of their No. 1 option. Millsap was 2-for-11 from the field and finished with only seven points.
Defining moment: The Hawks were up four near the end of the half before West hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to cut it to one. The play seemed like a momentum shift, as Indy stormed out of the gates at the beginning of the third quarter.
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