The Atlanta Hawks’ attempt to match the longest win streak in franchise history will come against a slumping team they’ve beaten often at home in recent seasons.
The Hawks will try for their 14th consecutive victory Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers, losers of five in a row and four straight on the road.
Atlanta (34-8) is chasing history during a season-high seven-game homestand and used a sellout crowd to its advantage Monday, halting Detroit’s seven-game road win streak with a 93-82 victory.
"When you’ve got the home crowd behind you, it just fuels the energy," guard Kyle Korver said. "This is what having a home court is all about, being able to rely on your fans when maybe the ball is not falling in the basket and you’ve got to grind it out. They were there for us and it was huge."
Atlanta hasn’t won 14 in a row since a streak of the same length Nov. 16-Dec. 14, 1993, and will look to improve to 3-0 against the Pacers this season. The Hawks won 108-92 at Indiana on Dec. 8 and 102-92 on Nov. 1 for their 13th victory in 14 regular-season home meetings.
The Pacers have also won three of their last four postseason games in Atlanta.
They outshot the Pacers 51.4-41.2 percent in the two games, and are coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season. Atlanta held the Pistons to 35.4 percent shooting – the second-lowest mark by an opponent – and the 82 points were its fifth-lowest total allowed.
The Hawks have given up 89.5 points per game in their last six – nearly seven below their season average.
The Pacers (15-28) have allowed 101.5 points over their past eight, pushing their season mark up to 97.0. They let Houston shoot 51.4 percent in a 110-98 road defeat Monday and couldn’t contain a hot scorer for the third time in four games, allowing James Harden to register a season-high 45 points.
"We didn’t do well enough tonight," coach Frank Vogel said. "We’ve got to get back to the drawing board."
Minnesota’s Mo Williams had 52 points – most in the league this season – in a 110-101 victory against Indiana last Tuesday, and Brandon Jennings scored a season-high 37 in Detroit’s 98-96 win Friday.
Indiana is also among the Eastern Conference’s lowest-scoring teams at 95.0 points per game. The Pacers combined with Charlotte for the fewest points in an overtime game in the shot clock era in an 80-71 loss Saturday.
Point guard George Hill’s 10-game absence due to a groin injury hasn’t helped and his status is uncertain. He was expected to return this week.
The Pacers are 3-7 in games he’s missed and have committed a combined 39 turnovers in the past two.
Hill sat out both games against Atlanta and Indiana totaled 35 turnovers. The Hawks, winners of three straight in the series, are an East-best 17-3 at home this season and have won 27 of 29 overall.
Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague has averaged 23.7 points and 57.1 percent shooting in the past three meetings, while Al Horford has scored 22.5 points while shooting 56.3 percent in the two matchups this season.