Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Friday, November 25th
Game 2: Monday, January 23rd
Game 3: Friday, February 24th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 29th

Hawks 117

(17-36, 6-21 away)

Pacers 112

(27-25, 18-9 home)

Coverage: FSS

7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2006

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 OT T
ATL 27 20 28 29 13117
IND 22 25 30 27 8112

Top Performers

Atl: J. Johnson 40 Pts, 1 Reb, 13 Ast, 3 Stl

Ind: P. Stojakovic 34 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl

Johnson ties career high in Hawk's OT win over Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers never found a way to stop Atlanta's Joe Johnson -- and he made them pay for it.

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 eight points.

"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 3-point attempts.

"He was absolutely unstoppable tonight," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said.

Atlanta (17-36) overcame a season-high 34 points by Indiana's Peja Stojakovic with the help of 22 points from Al Harrington and an 18-point, 11-rebound effort from reserve Josh Childress.

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.

"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 1-footers underneath.

"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 four ties.

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.

Game Notes
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.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 117 112
FGM-FGA 44-89 (.494) 37-80 (.463)
3PM-3PA 8-10 (.800) 8-22 (.364)
FTM-FTA 21-28 (.750) 30-41 (.732)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-44 17-41
Assists 27 19
Turnovers 17 21
Steals 13 6
Blocks 6 3
Fast Break Points 16 2
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 35 (0/0) 27 (1/0)
Largest Lead 8 4

Top Performers

Joe Johnson Johnson
Points: 40
Reb: 1
Ast: 13
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
Points: 34
Reb: 8
Ast: 0
Stl: 1
Blk: 0