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Hawks see late lead slip away in loss to Pacers

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers scored the final seven points of the game including a three pointer with just 0.6 remaining by Glenn Robinson III to send the Atlanta Hawks to a 97-96 loss Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena.

Atlanta’s offense has been sizzling of late and they wasted no time getting off to a good start on Sunday. The Hawks connected on 12 of their first 20 shots in the first quarter and led 30-19 at the end of one.

However, Indiana answered back in the second outscoring Atlanta 30-21 to knot things up at 50-50 heading into halftime. Paul George snapped out of a slump with 24 first-half points on 9 of 12 shooting. After lighting the scoreboard up in the first, Atlanta’s offense cratered in the second going just 7 of 21 from the field.

The Pacers struck quickly in the third pushing the lead to as many as 11 points. George continued his torrid stretch added 10 more points and two more three-pointers. The Hawks were able to cut into the lead and headed to the fourth down 81-74.

Atlanta began the fourth with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 81-80. Back-to-back three-pointers by Tim Hardaway Jr. and Thabo Sefolosha put Atlanta in front by three early in the fourth. The Hawks led 96-90 late but the Pacers answered with the final seven points of the game capped off by a three-pointer by Glenn Robinson with just 0.6 seconds remaining. Millsap missed a desperation attempt at the buzzer to give Indiana the victory.

Hardaway led the way for Atlanta with 24 points while Millsap added 23 with 10 rebounds. George led Indiana with 34 but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Jeff Teague finished with 16 points and six assists in his return to Atlanta.

The Hawks will continue their home stand on Monday when they take on the Golden State Warriors at Philips Arena.