Ellis nets 26, Pacers cool down Hawks 93-87
INDIANAPOLIS — Monta Ellis scored 26 points and the Indiana Pacers beat Atlanta 93-87 on Monday night, ending the Hawks’ six-game winning streak.
Ellis had 15 points in the first half, and Ian Mahinmi finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
With the Pacers leading by three, Ellis pulled up for a 3-point attempt with 16 seconds to play. The ball bounced off the rim, but Mahinmi was waiting for a tip-in that all but sealed it for Indiana.
Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 24 points and Jeff Teague scored 18. Al Horford had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hawks had possession down three with less than 30 seconds remaining, but George Hill stole the ball from Teague, leading to Mahinmi’s tip-in that stretched the margin to five.
A second-quarter surge by the Pacers gave them a 12-point advantage. Indiana outscored Atlanta 31-13 in the period.
Trailing by two with less than 4 minutes to play in the first half, the Pacers went on a 16-2 run that gave them a 52-40 lead at the break. Mahinmi scored seven of Indiana’s 16 points during the spurt.
That gave Indiana just enough cushion to keep the Hawks at bay in the fourth. Atlanta never got closer than three points in the second half.
Hawks: Atlanta’s winning streak had been the longest active streak in the NBA.
Pacers: Indiana is 15-2 when holding opponents under 100 points. The Pacers are 10-0 when holding foes under 90. . For the ninth time this season, Indiana forced 20 or more turnovers. The Pacers are 8-1 when reaching that plateau.
OFF THE BENCH
Indiana got 35 points from its reserves. Solomon Hill and Chase Budinger each had 10.
After winning Eastern Conference player of the month honors in November, Pacers All-Star forward Paul George has hit a horrid streak of shooting in the last 10 days. He hasn’t scored more than 18 points since Dec. 19. George, who is averaging 24.8 points per game, has just 46 points over his last four games.
Hawks: At Houston on Tuesday.
Pacers: At Chicago on Wednesday.