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What’s the best way to snap a losing streak? If you’re the Atlanta Hawks, it means beating the team with the best record in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers, by 10 points at home. The 97-87 win snapped a three-game skid for Atlanta and improve to 13-5 at home this season. The Indiana Pacers haven’t won at Philips Arena since 2006.

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Thanks in large part to a 25-12 outburst in the opening quarter, including a 12-0 run to start the game, Atlanta was able to hold on to their lead even with Indiana’s Paul George scoring 28 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, the only double-double of the game.

Only two other Pacers scored in double figures. Danny Granger, who started for an injured Lance Stephenson, added 14 points while George Hill finished with 10 points of his own. It should be noted that this was Indiana’s fourth game in five nights. “It's not an excuse” Paul George said after the game, “but it's nothing to be down about at this point.”

It was a team effort by Atlanta to get the win as five different Hawks, and four of the five starters, finished with 10 or more points. Kyle Korver led the team with 17 points, and was 3-5 from beyond the arc to extend his NBA record of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 105 games.

DeMarre Carroll, Pero Antic, Jeff Teague and Mike Scott finished with 11, 16, 15 and 15 points, respectively as they were able to make up for Paul Millsap’s terrible game in which he went 1-10 from the field and scored just four points.

Atlanta will stay at home and host the Houston Rockets on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm EST. They will then head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies and then fly across the pond to England to take on the Brooklyn Nets in what is officially Atlanta’s only “home” game against Brooklyn this season.

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