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Pacers Final Score: Hawks hold off Pacers, 102-92

The Pacers never led, but never gave up despite losing Rodney Stuckey to injury late in the first quarter.

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"That was a great effort on everybody's part. Unfortunately, the Pacers come up a little bit short, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort."

The above quote came from Pacers TV analyst Quinn Buckner as the Pacers went into a timeout with under three minutes to play in the game. Buckner was talking about the prior play, a scramble break for Atlanta required three attempts due to the effort of Roy Hibbert and Luis Scola to defend the rim, but his comments summed up the game in general for the Pacers.

The Pacers never led the game and played the bulk of the action down double digits, but with one minute remaining the Pacers cut the deficit to three points. All without Rodney Stuckey who left the game in the first quarter after aggravating his left foot injury.

Chris Copeland came up big and played starter-level minutes with C.J. Miles struggling to make shots. Cope finished with 21 points, helped by making 6 of 11 three-point shots. Roy Hibbert added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. With Stuckey out, Solomon Hill had to play more backcourt minutes and finished with 10 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

But after cutting the lead to three with a minute to go the Pacers didn't score again and the Hawks closed out the win behind Jeff Teague who scored four of his game-high 25 points to seal the deal.