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Young, Sabonis, Evans power Pacers past Hawks 129-121

ATLANTA (AP) Victor Oladipo loves it when Indiana gets so many players involved in the offense.

Thaddeus Young scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans each added 19, and the Pacers won their third straight game with a 129-121 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

''Everybody was scoring,'' Oladipo said. ''We had very balanced scoring tonight. We just to have to continue getting better every game.''

The Pacers, who began the night with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, have won 10 of 12. Coach Nate McMillan used nine players, eight of whom finished in double figures as Indiana matched a season high with 35 assists.

''When guys are open, you have to get them the ball,'' McMillan said. ''You shoot a better percentage when you move the ball and you have your feet set, and that's what we continue to express to our guys.''

Kent Bazemore tied a career high with 32 points, John Collins added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dewayne Dedmon had 18 points and a season-best 15 rebounds for the rebuilding Hawks, who had won three straight.

It was an off night for the Pacers' defense, which entered with the NBA's best scoring average. The Hawks, who have the league's second-worst offense, stayed close by hitting 17 3-pointers.

Cory Joseph's 3 and fast-break layup ended a 19-10 run that gave the Pacers an 87-85 lead in the third quarter. Indiana never trailed after Myles Turner hit a 3 to make it 90-88 in the final minute of the period, and Young's 3 pushed the lead to seven with a second to go.

The Pacers took charge in the fourth. Joseph fed Sabonis for an inside basket, Evans drove the lane on a fast break to feed Young, and Sabonis converted a three-point play to extend the margin to 102-93 with 9:03 remaining. Joseph followed with a 3 that gave Indiana its first double-digit advantage.

Evans deked rookie Kevin Huerter on the perimeter and drove the lane for a layup that made it an eight-point lead. Evans' 3 put the Pacers up 11 with 3:37 to go.

''It's very important because you have guys attacking from everywhere, and the other team doesn't know how to stop it,'' said Oladipo, who leads the team in scoring and finished with 16 points.

Young and Sabonis each scored inside in the final two minutes to hold Atlanta back when it pulled within five.

Young has been producing at a high clip recently, averaging 18.8 points and nearly 10 rebounds in his previous four games.

Darren Collison finished with 11 points and eight assists for Indiana, which improved to 23-12. Trae Young had 17 points and nine assists for Atlanta, which dropped to 9-24.

''It's a good measuring stick for us,'' Bazemore said. ''We came up a little short, just the small things that get you over the hump. We're learning. We're growing.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: It was Indiana's fourth victory in its last 21 games at Atlanta. ... Evans missed the previous two games with a right knee bruise. ... Sabonis finished two rebounds shy of his 16th double-double. He already has matched his total from last season. ... Sabonis was averaging 9.6 rebounds, tops among players who have started fewer than half their games. He has made one start in 33 games.

Hawks: Collins returned to the lineup after missing the past two games with a left ankle sprain. He turned the same ankle during the preseason and missed the first 15 games. He has a double-double in nine of his last 10 games. ... Bazemore took a career-high 25 shots from the field. ... Atlanta leads the league in turnovers and committed 20, leading to 24 points for Indiana. ... Dedmon started in place of Alex Len, sidelined by a sore back. ... F Omari Spellman had five points in seven minutes after missing eight games with right hip soreness.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Detroit on Friday.

Hawks: Visit Minnesota on Friday.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
T. Young
11 PG
29.2 Min. Per Game 29.2
15.4 Pts. Per Game 15.4
7.2 Ast. Per Game 7.2
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
43.2 Field Goal % 38.2
43.3 Three Point % 38.3
72.8 Free Throw % 78.2
  Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic 0:04
  Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:07
+ 1 Darren Collison made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
  Darren Collison missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Trae Young 0:08
  Bad pass turnover on Myles Turner, stolen by Vince Carter 0:17
  Bad pass turnover on Trae Young, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic 0:23
  Bad pass turnover on Victor Oladipo, stolen by Kent Bazemore 0:28
  Out of bounds turnover on Kent Bazemore 0:38
+ 2 Thaddeus Young made layup, assist by Darren Collison 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis 0:52
Team Stats
Points 129 121
Field Goals 46-83 (55.4%) 45-89 (50.6%)
3-Pointers 13-27 (48.1%) 17-36 (47.2%)
Free Throws 24-33 (72.7%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 47 47
Offensive 10 11
Defensive 29 30
Team 8 6
Assists 35 33
Steals 13 8
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 16 19
Fouls 17 24
Technicals 0 2
16 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST
32 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pacers 23-12 32323134129
home team logo Hawks 9-24 31362133121
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 23-12 91.8 PPG 40.3 RPG 20.8 APG
home team logo Hawks 9-24 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Young SF 10.5 PPG 7.0 RPG 3.8 APG 42.9 FG%
K. Bazemore SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Young SF 21 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
K. Bazemore SG 32 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
55.4 FG% 50.6
48.1 3PT FG% 47.2
72.7 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Young 21 5 0 9/12 1/1 2/3 1 33 3 0 2 2 3 -2 27
B. Bogdanovic 16 5 2 3/10 1/6 9/10 1 30 3 0 3 2 3 -2 25
V. Oladipo 16 7 7 5/13 2/6 4/6 2 34 1 0 3 1 6 +15 35
D. Collison 11 5 8 4/7 2/4 1/2 2 29 1 1 1 0 5 +15 33
M. Turner 11 6 4 5/9 1/1 0/0 3 26 0 1 3 1 5 -10 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Young 21 5 0 9/12 1/1 2/3 1 33 3 0 2 2 3 -2 27
B. Bogdanovic 16 5 2 3/10 1/6 9/10 1 30 3 0 3 2 3 -2 25
V. Oladipo 16 7 7 5/13 2/6 4/6 2 34 1 0 3 1 6 +15 35
D. Collison 11 5 8 4/7 2/4 1/2 2 29 1 1 1 0 5 +15 33
M. Turner 11 6 4 5/9 1/1 0/0 3 26 0 1 3 1 5 -10 23
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Evans 19 1 5 7/9 4/4 1/2 2 18 1 0 1 1 0 0 30
D. Sabonis 19 8 2 7/12 0/0 5/8 2 29 1 1 3 3 5 +24 30
C. Joseph 14 1 6 5/7 2/3 2/2 4 23 3 0 0 0 1 +7 30
D. McDermott 2 1 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 1 -7 5
K. O'Quinn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Holiday - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 129 39 35 46/83 13/27 24/33 17 235 13 3 16 10 29 +40 238
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Bazemore 32 1 4 14/25 4/9 0/2 4 30 2 1 1 1 0 +6 43
J. Collins 21 11 0 9/13 2/3 1/2 4 27 0 1 2 5 6 +11 31
D. Dedmon 18 15 3 6/13 2/5 4/4 2 37 2 1 4 2 13 +5 38
T. Young 17 2 9 5/11 2/2 5/6 3 27 0 0 3 0 2 +5 34
K. Huerter 3 2 5 1/8 1/5 0/0 2 30 1 0 2 1 1 +5 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Bazemore 32 1 4 14/25 4/9 0/2 4 30 2 1 1 1 0 +6 43
J. Collins 21 11 0 9/13 2/3 1/2 4 27 0 1 2 5 6 +11 31
D. Dedmon 18 15 3 6/13 2/5 4/4 2 37 2 1 4 2 13 +5 38
T. Young 17 2 9 5/11 2/2 5/6 3 27 0 0 3 0 2 +5 34
K. Huerter 3 2 5 1/8 1/5 0/0 2 30 1 0 2 1 1 +5 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Lin 12 0 5 4/6 2/3 2/2 2 20 1 1 1 0 0 -13 23
V. Carter 6 4 2 2/5 2/4 0/0 3 18 2 1 1 1 3 -21 16
D. Bembry 5 3 4 2/3 1/1 0/0 2 27 0 0 4 1 2 -21 12
O. Spellman 5 1 0 1/2 1/2 2/2 0 7 0 0 0 0 1 -9 6
J. Anderson 2 2 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 11 0 1 1 0 2 -4 6
A. Poythress 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Len - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Waller-Prince - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 121 41 33 45/89 17/36 14/18 24 236 8 6 19 11 30 -40 223