Regular Season Series (Game 4 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

Pacers 93

(35-35, 13-22 away)

Hawks 94

(22-48, 15-20 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, March 29, 2006

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 21 26 22 2493
    ATL 26 18 26 2494

    Top Performers

    Ind: P. Stojakovic 31 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Atl: Z. Pachulia 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Lowely Hawks edge Pacers for season sweep

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Peja Stojakovic is glad Indiana has no more games this season against the Atlanta Hawks.

    "I know we've lost to them twice since I've been here, and I know they lost to them twice before," Stojakovic said. "It's a problem when they go small because everyone is the same size and it confuses us offensively."

    Al Harrington had 23 points and eight rebounds, and the Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak with a 94-93 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night.

    The Hawks kept Stojakovic -- who hit four 3-pointers in the final 4:04 -- from touching the ball on the Pacers' final possession to complete a sweep of the season series from Indiana for the first time since the 1984-85 season.

    "For some reason, we have matchup problems," Stojakovic said of the last possession. "It caused a little confusion on offense. We shouldn't have put ourselves in that position."

    Jermaine O'Neal missed a turnaround jumper with 5 seconds remaining, and Fred Jones tipped a pass to Jamaal Tinsley that could've given the Indiana point guard a chance to get off a shot from the left wing.

    Tinsley, however, was defended tightly and decided to pass to Jones at the top of the key. Jones' straightaway missed, but the ball left his hands after the buzzer sounded.

    "We had some time but they smothered us," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "We'll look back and kick ourselves about what could have been, but you've got to give Atlanta credit. They fight hard, they play well, they earned the victories against us."

    Harrington, who missed two free throws with 9.8 seconds left, knocked down Danny Granger and banked in a shot that gave the Hawks an 88-79 lead with 4:30 remaining.

    Stojakovic hit four of his next five shots, with each of his 3-pointers coming from the right side. Hawks coach Mike Woodson put Joe Johnson, Atlanta's best defender, on Stojakovic on Indiana's last possession.

    The Pacers have dropped four straight and five of their last six on the road. Indiana has lost consecutive games overall, dropped to seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race -- a half-game behind Milwaukee.

    Phoenix visits Indianapolis on Thursday night.

    "We're trying to hang in," Carlisle said. "We probably could have done a lot more things over the course of 48 minutes to put ourselves in a stronger position, but we didn't. We don't have much time to hang our heads about this. We've got another one tomorrow."

    Atlanta had lost nine of 10, and 11 of 13.

    "The biggest thing was that we made them take shots over the top of us," Harrington said. "They only got about 10 layups the whole game, and that was the difference between winning and losing."

    The lead changed hands nine times in the third quarter, but Zaza Pachulia gave Atlanta its biggest lead at 86-75 with 6:01 remaining. Pachulia finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.

    Johnson, who scored 40 in the Hawks' victory at Indianapolis last month, had just 12 points on 4-for-18 shooting.

    "We were able to finish it off," Atlanta guard Josh Childress said. "It was a little closer than it should have been."

    O'Neal was just 4-of-12 from the field and finished with 13 points. Stephen Jackson was 4-for-13 and had 11 points.

    "We could've won this game," Jackson said. "We didn't do a lot of stuff well. They wanted the game more than we did. They're a very young, hard-playing team. I love the way they play."

    Game notes

    One of the biggest cheers from the sparse crowd was for Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward, who lives in nearby Forest Park and starred at Georgia from 1994-97. ... Former North Carolina State guard Anthony Grundy, signed to a 10-day contract earlier this week by Atlanta, scored six points in his NBA debut.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 94
    FGM-FGA 37-83 (.446) 36-81 (.444)
    3PM-3PA 9-25 (.360) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 10-14 (.714) 18-26 (.692)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-39 13-41
    Assists 23 17
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 4 10
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 8 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 11

    Top Performers

    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 31
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Zaza Pachulia Pachulia
    Points: 17
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 2