Gerald Green leads the way for Indiana past the Hawks.
Despite missing three starters through injury, the Indiana Pacers were able to hold on to what was at one stage a commanding lead to seal a 100-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Indiana had led by as many as 28 points heading into the final minutes of the game, but a wretched fourth quarter performance put the win in doubt as they were guilty of 10 turnovers and 4-for-16 shooting.
Josh Smith led the way for the Hawks with 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to upset the odds at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Green ended the game with 19 points, while Roy Hibbert added 17 points of his own.
The Pacers move into second place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the New York Knicks, while Atlanta drop to sixth as the battle in the East gets more congested by the game.
Indiana go to Houston to face the Rockets on Wednesday, while the Hawks are in Toronto to take on the Raptors.