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Young scores 24, but Pacers fall 96-85 against Hawks

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Thaddeus Young paced Indiana offensively scoring 24 points, but the Hawks dominated the boards in Atlanta's win.

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Even with Paul George and Myles Turner returning to the lineup, the Indiana Pacers (7-9) fell to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night, in a poor performance on the glass.

George looked rusty early on, missing two easy layups under-the-basket, but Thaddeus Young led the way for Indiana in the first quarter scoring 11 points. The Pacers struggled to stop the dominant front-court for the Hawks, as Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard helped Atlanta get off to an early lead in the first quarter.

Howard was unstoppable in the quarter, recording 10 points and seven rebounds --- four offensive boards that lead to eight of his points. Mike Muscala also dropped double-digits in the first quarter helping the Hawks gain a 31-24 edge.

Other than Thaddeus Young, who shot 7-8 from field with 15 points in the first half, Indiana struggled to score shooting just 33 percent. The offensive struggles for the Pacers had a lot to do with their ineffectiveness at getting to the charity stripe, along with troubles on the glass. Indiana shot just 3-6 from the free throw line and were out-rebounded by double-digits.

For Atlanta (10-5), Dwight Howard continued his dominance in the second quarter as he finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds through the first 24. Atlanta extended its lead to 45-28 before hitting a cold steak that led to a 16-4 Pacers run to end the half.

Indiana trailed 49-44 at the break.

The Hawks built an 12-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Indiana fought back after Paul George got into a scuffle with Thabo Sefolosha on the sideline. That seemed to get the Pacers going and sparked an 11-0 Indiana run, led by Monta Ellis, who had himself a solid quarter from the field scoring 8 of his 19 points.

The Pacers were able to cut the lead to 65-64 during the run, but Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney hit a three from the corner that ended the streak and arguably iced the game.

Although Young maintained his effectiveness offensively in the third quarter by scoring seven points, Indiana couldn't buy a rebound as the Hawks controlled the glass. Atlanta scored 12 second-chance points in the quarter, leading to a 74-66 lead through three.

After that Delaney three-pointer, the Hawks run continued into the fourth quarter as they were able to build as big as a 18 point lead with 7:47 left to play. Paul George ended Atlanta's 14-0 run with a beautiful floater, but the Pacers just couldn't buy a bucket or a rebound.

George and Turner combined to finish with 25 points and 15 rebounds in their first game back, but Thaddeus Young was the only bright spot in an overall gloomy evening for Indiana. Young recorded 24 points and seven rebounds on 10-13 shooting from the field.

Jeff Teague, in his first game against his former team, didn't shine like Indiana needed. He struggled throughout finishing with just 11 points, but recorded eight assists and five steals in the loss.

Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap led the way for the Hawks, as Howard finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds on 10-12 shooting, while Millsap filled the stat sheet recording 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals.

The Pacers will have Thanksgiving off to rest before hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.