Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Wednesday, November 17th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 14th
Game 3: Saturday, February 5th

Pacers 108

(11-10, 5-6 away)

Hawks 97

(4-17, 2-10 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, December 14, 2004

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    IND 27 16 24 24 17108
    ATL 22 27 28 14 697

    Top Performers

    Ind: J. Tinsley 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Atl: T. Delk 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Pacers halt their longest losing streak in 11 years

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Reggie Miller was tired of the history lessons and determined to end the Indiana Pacers' longest losing streak in more than a decade.

    Jamaal Tinsley scored a season-high 29 points and the Pacers rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth period, snapping a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 108-97 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

    The Pacers' losing streak was their longest since 1993. They avoided their longest losing spell since dropping 12 straight in 1989.

    "Hallelujah!" Miller said. "We don't have to talk about the 1980s."

    The Pacers held the Hawks to a total of 20 points in the fourth quarter and in overtime to end the skid.

    "We needed this win really bad," Tinsley said. "We were struggling. It's just hard."

    The Pacers won 10 of their first 13 games this season, but have struggled since Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were suspended for fighting with Detroit fans on Nov. 19.

    The short-handed Pacers saw their game against last-place Atlanta as a chance to end the streak.

    "When you're in a situation like this, you tend to look at the teams you think you have the best chance of beating," said Indiana guard Anthony Johnson. "This is definitely one we circled that we have to get."

    Tinsley was back in the lineup after missing three games with a sprained ankle.

    "I was getting a good base to make shots; my teammates were setting good screens," Tinsley said. "The coaching staff just put the ball in my hands."

    The Hawks' reserves, led by Tony Delk's season-high 22 points, outscored the Pacers' subs 49-28, but Indiana had more balance with six players scoring in double figures.

    "We've got to have balance, we've got to have togetherness, we've got to have resolve, we've got to have real grit," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "A lot of times now it's not pretty, but it's about finding a way. At times, we simply willed the ball into the basket."

    Al Harrington added 21 for the Hawks.

    The teams were tied at 91 at the end of regulation, and the Pacers scored the first 10 points in overtime before Harrington scored for the Hawks with 1:09 left in the period.

    The Hawks led by 12 points early in the fourth quarter, but scored just 14 points in the period and then managed just six in overtime.

    "We blew an opportunity at home against a team we should have beaten," said Atlanta's Antoine Walker, who scored 17 points.

    Hawks coach Mike Woodson said his team has not learned how to win.

    "As soon as we got the lead, we started to lose our momentum," Woodson said.

    "We just went flat. I have to take some of the blame for this one because I thought I played Al and Antoine entirely too many minutes. ... We just didn't have anything left in our tank to finish the game, and that's kind of disheartening, so I have to take the heat for this one."

    Indiana opened the game with a 9-0 run. The Hawks limited the Pacers to just 34 points the rest of the opening half and led 49-43 at the break.

    Royal Ivey drove past Anthony Johnson for a basket at the end of the third quarter to give Atlanta a 77-67 lead. The Hawks twice pushed their advantage to 12 points, the last time at 81-69, before the Pacers rallied with a 14-1 run for an 83-82 lead.

    Trailing 88-84, the Hawks scored five straight points for an 89-88 lead. A 3-pointer by Miller with 2:12 left gave the Pacers a 91-89 lead.

    Harrington made two free throws with 25.6 seconds left to tie the scored at 91, and Jones' layup attempt at the end of regulation was blocked by Boris Diaw.

    Game notes

    Hawks rookie Royal Ivey returned from a knee injury to score a career-high 11 points. ... Pacers F Austin Croshere was not with the team. He sprained his ankle in Saturday's game against the Kings. ... The Hawks waived C Jelani McCoy and activated G Royal Ivey Tuesday. ... Pacers F Michael Curry played 27 minutes and scored four points after signing with the team Monday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 97
    FGM-FGA 39-76 (.513) 38-84 (.452)
    3PM-3PA 8-21 (.381) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 22-25 (.880) 18-27 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-40 17-43
    Assists 15 16
    Turnovers 20 19
    Steals 10 7
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 4 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 33 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 11 12

    Top Performers

    Jamaal Tinsley Tinsley
    Points: 29
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Tony Delk Delk
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2