Johnson matched his career high with 40 points, including a
3-pointer at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime. He then
scored Atlanta's first seven points in overtime to lead the Hawks
over the Pacers 117-112 Friday night.
Johnson also had 13 assists for Atlanta, which beat Indiana for
the third time in three games this season. The game featured 18
ties and 24 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than
"We got some life at the end of regulation and I didn't want to
go into overtime playing from behind," Johnson said. "I went out
and tried to take control."
Johnson was 16-of-24 from the field and hit all five of his
"He was absolutely unstoppable tonight," Atlanta coach Mike
Fred Jones scored 31 points for Indiana, which lost Stephen
Jackson to a knee injury in the first half.
Johnson's 3-pointer as time expired at the end of regulation
tied the game at 104. It was made possible when Childress grabbed
an offensive rebound. He passed back to Marvin Williams, who fed
the ball to Johnson.
The score was tied again at 106 during the overtime period
before Atlanta went ahead to stay on two consecutive baskets by
"Johnson played great," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "We
did a lot of different things on him defensively, but he was able
to get shots or get teammates shots."
The Pacers pulled within one when Jones made one free throw with
13 seconds left in overtime. Indiana then grabbed three consecutive
offensive rebounds, with Anthony Johnson, who scored 18 for the
Pacers, missing a jumper and Danny Granger missing two consecutive
"I thought Danny was fouled at the end of the game, but that's
basketball," Stojakovic said. "They gave us some matchup problems
and played hard with a lot of effort and a lot of fight."
Stojakovic, second in the league in free throw accuracy, missed
two free throws in the final 2 minutes of regulation.
The tight first half ended in a 47-all tie. Neither team had a
double-digit lead and the teams exchanged the lead four times with
Joe Johnson nearly matched his scoring average of 19.3 points
with 16 in the first half.
Atlanta led 36-28 following Johnson's jumper with 7:34 left in
the half. The Pacers rallied with 11 consecutive points as Atlanta
missed five straight shots from the field and a pair of free throws
as it went more than 4 minutes without scoring. Stojakovic hit a
3-pointer to ignite the Indiana run with 6:54 left in the half and
had five points in the run.
Indiana had only nine players in uniform as David Harrison
sat out a one-game NBA suspension for swearing at a fan in Detroit
on Thursday. Jermaine O'Neal, Austin Croshere and Jamaal Tinsley
did not dress because of injuries. ... Jones matched his career
high in points. Stojakovic's previous high this season was 33
points when he was with Sacramento. ... Indiana had 21 turnovers,
giving the Pacers 20-plus turnovers in three of their last four
games. ... Harrington has had 59 points in three games against his
former team this season. ... Stojakovic was 5-of-8 from 3-point
range and has made 29 of 62 attempts in 10 games with Indiana.