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Oladipo, balanced Pacers pull away from Atlanta 105-95

ATLANTA (AP) Victor Oladipo didn't quite approach 40 points this time. He didn't have to.

Oladipo scored 23 points to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Atlanta Hawks 105-95 Wednesday night, two days after scoring 38 points in a loss to Boston.

Oladipo made 8 of 15 shots Wednesday, including 3 of 5 3-pointers, and Indiana built a 20-point fourth-quarter lead before the Hawks scored the final 10 points.

Oladipo, acquired in an offseason trade that sent Indiana star Paul George to the Thunder, is averaging career highs in points (24.8) and 3-point shooting percentage (43.2). And yet, he said defense was the key against Atlanta.

''That was the difference. Now, we just have to learn how to do that for 48 minutes,'' he said. ''I think defensively we turned it up and that's the reason why we did so well down the stretch.''

Indiana led just 53-51 at halftime.

The Pacers mucked up the motion offense of Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, whose team made just 16 of 41 shots in the second half.

The Hawks have yet to win consecutive games his season, and they were done in by their starters, who were outscored 77-49.

Atlanta's reserves outscored Indiana's subs 46-28 with rookie reserve center/forward John Collins leading the way with 18 points and nine rebounds. Marco Belinelli pitched in 13 points.

''We came out of the gate with a lot of energy, played hard, played fast, played the way Coach wanted us to play,'' Collins said. ''Then, in the second half we kind of (slowed) down a little bit, kind of let off the gas.''

The Pacers gradually grew their lead through the second half, peaking when young center Myles Turner (20 points, six rebounds) hit a 3-pointer for a 105-85 edge with 2:55 left.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan was pleased with his team's offense most of the night, especially after forward Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 points. He'd rather not wait on defense.

''We've gotten off to somewhat of a slow start defensively,'' McMillan said. ''We don't need to pace ourselves. It seems like at times we're pacing ourselves. ... We want to try to get away from these slow starts.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: Indiana turned the ball over on two of its first three possessions but finished with a season-low nine turnovers. ... Indiana failed to make at least 10 3-pointers (7-of-21) for the fourth consecutive game after making 10 or more in five straight.

Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer said the team hopes to have forward/center Mike Muscala (ankle) play a couple games with Erie of the G-League before he returns to the team. Muscala has missed 21 of 30 games with a sprained left ankle. ... Atlanta entered third in the NBA shooting 38.3 percent on 3-pointers, but on Wednesday the Hawks made just 8 of 29 (27.6 percent). ... Center Miles Plumlee scored a season-high 10 points with four dunks. ... Belinelli made both of his free throws and has hit 26 straight. He leads the NBA at 95.4 percent.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Will play host to the Nets on Saturday night.

Hawks: Visit Thunder on Friday night.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
D. Schroder
17 PG
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
19.8 Pts. Per Game 19.8
6.6 Ast. Per Game 6.6
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
48.3 Field Goal % 44.5
48.2 Three Point % 44.8
78.1 Free Throw % 85.0
  Offensive rebound by Cory Joseph 0:16
  Joe Young missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 2 John Collins made dunk 0:38
  Offensive rebound by John Collins 0:38
  Luke Babbitt missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:40
  Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry 0:50
  Alex Poythress missed dunk 0:51
  Offensive rebound by Alex Poythress 0:51
  Damien Wilkins missed running Jump Shot 0:55
+ 1 Malcolm Delaney made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:19
+ 1 Malcolm Delaney made 1st of 2 free throws 1:19
Team Stats
Points 105 95
Field Goals 40-82 (48.8%) 35-80 (43.8%)
3-Pointers 7-21 (33.3%) 8-29 (27.6%)
Free Throws 18-19 (94.7%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 42 49
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 29 32
Team 5 7
Assists 19 27
Steals 5 5
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 18 17
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
8 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Pacers 18-14 28252527105
home team logo Hawks 7-24 2724202495
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 18-14 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Hawks 7-24 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo SG 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
J. Collins PF 10.5 PPG 7.3 RPG 1.3 APG 57.6 FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo SG 23 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
J. Collins PF 18 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
48.8 FG% 43.8
33.3 3PT FG% 27.6
94.7 FT% 85.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 31 23 5 2 1 0 2 3 8/15 3/5 4/5 0 5 31 +11
M. Turner 29 20 6 2 1 3 2 2 6/13 1/4 7/7 2 4 32 +8
B. Bogdanovic 33 19 1 0 2 0 2 1 8/14 1/5 2/2 0 1 20 +13
D. Collison 22 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 5/8 0/0 1/1 0 1 14 +1
T. Young 29 4 8 3 1 0 1 3 1/5 0/0 2/2 3 5 18 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 31 23 5 2 1 0 2 3 8/15 3/5 4/5 0 5 31 +11
M. Turner 29 20 6 2 1 3 2 2 6/13 1/4 7/7 2 4 32 +8
B. Bogdanovic 33 19 1 0 2 0 2 1 8/14 1/5 2/2 0 1 20 +13
D. Collison 22 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 5/8 0/0 1/1 0 1 14 +1
T. Young 29 4 8 3 1 0 1 3 1/5 0/0 2/2 3 5 18 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Joseph 28 11 3 2 0 0 0 2 5/9 1/2 0/0 1 2 18 +7
L. Stephenson 26 10 8 6 0 1 2 2 4/6 0/2 2/2 0 8 29 +6
D. Sabonis 21 4 4 3 0 1 0 3 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 3 15 +16
J. Young 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 3 -4
A. Poythress 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -10
D. Wilkins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -10
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 105 37 19 5 5 9 18 40/82 7/21 18/19 8 29 181 +50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 26 13 3 3 1 1 1 2 5/7 3/4 0/0 0 3 23 -6
M. Plumlee 21 10 5 1 1 2 1 1 4/6 0/0 2/2 1 4 19 -1
E. Ilyasova 26 10 5 1 0 0 1 3 4/11 1/4 1/2 3 2 16 -9
D. Schroder 31 8 3 8 2 0 1 2 4/15 0/3 0/0 1 2 28 -7
T. Waller-Prince 27 8 6 3 0 1 2 2 3/10 1/6 1/2 0 6 19 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 26 13 3 3 1 1 1 2 5/7 3/4 0/0 0 3 23 -6
M. Plumlee 21 10 5 1 1 2 1 1 4/6 0/0 2/2 1 4 19 -1
E. Ilyasova 26 10 5 1 0 0 1 3 4/11 1/4 1/2 3 2 16 -9
D. Schroder 31 8 3 8 2 0 1 2 4/15 0/3 0/0 1 2 28 -7
T. Waller-Prince 27 8 6 3 0 1 2 2 3/10 1/6 1/2 0 6 19 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Collins 26 18 9 0 0 1 4 2 6/7 0/0 6/6 4 5 24 -9
M. Belinelli 23 13 1 3 0 0 1 1 5/12 1/5 2/2 0 1 19 -16
M. Delaney 11 9 2 2 0 0 0 2 2/3 1/1 4/5 0 2 15 +5
D. Bembry 18 3 4 2 1 0 2 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 3 10 -1
I. Taylor 16 3 4 3 0 1 0 1 1/3 0/1 1/1 0 4 14 -3
L. Babbitt 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 0 2 +6
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Muscala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dedmon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Brussino - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Magette - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 95 42 27 5 6 13 17 35/80 8/29 17/20 10 32 189 -50