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Schroder helps Hawks hold off late Pacers' comeback attempt

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks, with little more on the line than their spot near the top of the next NBA draft, outhustled an Indiana team playing to improve its position in the playoffs.

For Pacers coach Nate McMillan, that's not acceptable.

Dennis Schroder scored seven of Atlanta's final eight points to finish with 14, and the Hawks held off a late Indiana comeback to beat the Pacers 107-102 on Wednesday night.

''Once again, we got out-worked tonight,'' McMillan said, referring to what he said was a similarly discouraging effort in a loss at Dallas on Monday.

McMillan said the strong effort from the lowly Hawks should be a warning to his players about the competition they can expect in the final weeks of the regular season.

''You are getting a taste of what it's going to be like going down the stretch,'' he said.

Schroder set the pace with his defensive leadership in the first half and his scoring in the final minutes.

''I put the team on my back and it started with defense,'' Schroder said. ''I think that everybody sees that and everybody played with me. It was one of our best games defensively.''

Schroder had five of Atlanta's 13 steals. The Hawks blocked 11 shots, including four by Dewayne Dedmon.

The Pacers committed 24 turnovers. Victor Oladipo said that was the key statistic.

''Ain't no way around it,'' said Oladipo, who had 22 points.

Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana with 26 points while making four 3-pointers in the final period. His third 3 of the period cut the Atlanta lead to 97-91. A follow shot by Domantas Sabonis, who had 14 points, pulled the Pacers to 101-99.

Schroder answered with a layup with 44 seconds remaining, and then added another driving layup following an Indiana turnover.

''We wanted to be the aggressors but they came out harder than us,'' Sabonis said.

The Pacers began the night fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

John Collins had 16 points for the Hawks, who ended their four-game losing streak.

Taurean Prince had 15 points, all in the first half, and Dedmon also scored 15.

Atlanta led 55-50 at halftime before outscoring the Pacers 30-15 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 85-65. The Hawks scored the first 10 points of the second half.

Lance Stephenson, who had 18 points, and Sabonis made back-to-back 3-pointers to start the Pacers' comeback.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Indiana will host Atlanta on March 9 to complete the four-game season series. ... The Pacers are 13-16 on the road. They finished 13-28 away from home last season. ... Indiana had a season-high 57 rebounds in a 116-93 home win over Atlanta on Friday, part of a streak of five straight games with at least 50 rebounds. This time, the Pacers were outrebounded 49-43.

Hawks: Isaiah Taylor had 13 points. ... G Malcolm Delaney (right knee strain) had four points in his return after missing two games. ... F DeAndre Bembry (abdominal strain) missed his second straight game.

BOOK IT

Veteran forward Trevor Booker indicated on his Twitter account that he's headed to the Pacers - even if the team is not yet ready to announce a deal. Booker was expected to sign with Indiana when he clears waivers after being released by the Philadelphia 76ers, who needed to clear a roster spot for former Hawks forward-center Ersan Ilyasova. Booker tweeted ''Indy, let's work!!!!'' on Wednesday afternoon.

PUT ME IN, COACH

After signing a 10-day contract earlier in the day, Hawks Jaylen Morris made his NBA debut with 4 minutes remaining in the first period and quickly scored his first NBA points on his follow-up of a miss by Miles Plumlee. Morris was averaging 12.6 points with the Hawks' G League Erie affiliate.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Visit Bucks on Friday

Hawks: Host Warriors on Friday

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
D. Schroder
17 PG
31.1 Min. Per Game 31.1
19.4 Pts. Per Game 19.4
6.2 Ast. Per Game 6.2
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
48.0 Field Goal % 43.2
47.9 Three Point % 43.3
80.8 Free Throw % 86.8
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Dorsey 0:01
  Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
  Offensive rebound by Victor Oladipo 0:02
  Lance Stephenson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson 0:10
  John Collins missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
+ 1 John Collins made 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis 0:12
+ 3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lance Stephenson 0:14
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
  Team rebound 0:15
Team Stats
Points 102 107
Field Goals 38-90 (42.2%) 38-87 (43.7%)
3-Pointers 11-32 (34.4%) 9-29 (31.0%)
Free Throws 15-20 (75.0%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 57 54
Offensive 11 15
Defensive 32 34
Team 14 5
Assists 21 21
Steals 13 13
Blocks 5 11
Turnovers 24 21
Fouls 20 23
Technicals 2 0
22 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
14 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Pacers 34-27 27231537102
home team logo Hawks 19-43 28273022107
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 34-27 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Hawks 19-43 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
B. Bogdanovic SF 14.3 PPG 3.4 RPG 1.5 APG 47.4 FG%
J. Collins PF 10.5 PPG 7.3 RPG 1.3 APG 57.6 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Bogdanovic SF 26 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
J. Collins PF 16 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
42.2 FG% 43.7
34.4 3PT FG% 31.0
75.0 FT% 81.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 35 26 3 2 0 1 4 3 10/17 5/9 1/1 0 3 30 -6
V. Oladipo 38 22 5 5 6 1 3 2 9/25 1/9 3/5 3 2 41 -5
T. Young 26 11 5 3 3 2 1 1 5/11 1/3 0/0 2 3 26 -14
M. Turner 15 5 5 1 1 0 1 4 1/2 1/2 2/2 2 3 12 -6
C. Joseph 30 0 2 3 0 0 3 4 0/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 35 26 3 2 0 1 4 3 10/17 5/9 1/1 0 3 30 -6
V. Oladipo 38 22 5 5 6 1 3 2 9/25 1/9 3/5 3 2 41 -5
T. Young 26 11 5 3 3 2 1 1 5/11 1/3 0/0 2 3 26 -14
M. Turner 15 5 5 1 1 0 1 4 1/2 1/2 2/2 2 3 12 -6
C. Joseph 30 0 2 3 0 0 3 4 0/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Stephenson 30 18 6 2 1 0 5 1 7/14 1/4 3/4 0 6 24 +11
D. Sabonis 33 14 12 3 0 0 5 3 4/7 0/1 6/8 4 8 27 -2
J. Young 17 6 2 1 1 0 2 2 2/6 2/3 0/0 0 2 9 -10
G. Robinson III 12 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 3 7 +2
D. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. McKinney-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 102 43 21 13 5 24 20 38/90 11/32 15/20 11 32 181 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Collins 26 16 7 2 0 2 2 4 7/9 0/0 2/3 4 3 27 +9
D. Dedmon 29 15 9 1 2 4 5 3 6/8 3/3 0/1 1 8 27 -11
T. Waller-Prince 34 15 7 3 2 1 2 3 5/13 3/5 2/2 0 7 29 +6
D. Schroder 32 14 3 5 5 0 3 1 4/13 1/4 5/6 0 3 29 +4
K. Bazemore 26 6 1 5 2 0 3 2 3/7 0/4 0/0 1 0 16 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Collins 26 16 7 2 0 2 2 4 7/9 0/0 2/3 4 3 27 +9
D. Dedmon 29 15 9 1 2 4 5 3 6/8 3/3 0/1 1 8 27 -11
T. Waller-Prince 34 15 7 3 2 1 2 3 5/13 3/5 2/2 0 7 29 +6
D. Schroder 32 14 3 5 5 0 3 1 4/13 1/4 5/6 0 3 29 +4
K. Bazemore 26 6 1 5 2 0 3 2 3/7 0/4 0/0 1 0 16 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Taylor 15 13 1 2 1 1 1 4 3/4 1/1 6/7 0 1 19 +1
M. Muscala 20 12 8 1 1 1 0 2 5/14 0/5 2/2 6 2 24 +10
M. Plumlee 12 6 4 0 0 1 1 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 3 10 +4
M. Delaney 11 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 4/4 0 1 7 -10
T. Dorsey 19 4 6 1 0 1 2 2 1/5 1/4 1/2 1 5 11 +3
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Cleveland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Magette - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 224 107 49 21 13 11 21 23 38/87 9/29 22/27 15 34 199 +25