The game began well enough for the Hawks who quickly jumped out to a 21-11 lead with three minutes to go in the first quarter. The Pacers cut into the deficit at the end of the quarter thanks to back-to-back threes by Monta Ellis and Paul George but the Hawks still led 27-21 at the end of one.
Things unraveled quickly for the Hawks in the second quarter. The Pacers scored the first six points of the quarter to tie the game as Atlanta went scoreless over the first three minutes of the period. Things only got worse from there as Atlanta's offense bogged down and the turnovers started to pile up. When the dust finally settled, the Hawks had been outscored 31-13 in the period and trailed 52-40 at the break.
To Atlanta's credit, they refused to go away quietly and quickly went to work in the second half. The Hawks used a 20-8 run to tie the game at 60-60 with just over four minutes remaining in the third. However, the Pacers regained their footing and closed the quarter strong to maintain a 74-68 advantage heading to the fourth.
Indiana increased the lead to as many as 10 points in the fourth but the Hawks had one last desperate gasp left in them. A 7-0 run cut the lead to just three and gave them a chance to steal an improbable victory. However, a turnover by Jeff Teague and a pair of offensive rebounds by Ian Mahinmi sealed the deal for the Pacers.
Paul Millsap led the way for the Hawks with 24 points and seven rebounds. Jeff Teague added 18 points while Thabo Sefolosha chipped in 14 off the bench. Atlanta finished the game just 6-for-25 from three-point range and recorded just 16 assists while turning the ball over 22 times.
Monta Ellis led all scorers with 26 points despite being held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Mahinmi finished with 13 while Chase Budinger and Solomon Hill combined for 20 points off the Indiana bench.
The Hawks will have to put this loss behind them quickly when they wrap up a road back-to-back on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.