The Atlanta Hawks defeated their Eastern Conference rival Indiana Pacers in their home opener, 102-92. Philips Arena was loaded with pregame, halftime, and postgame festivities such as three performances by rapper and Atlanta native, T.I. The Hawks also unveiled their new court which features a throwback of the "pacman" logo from the 70's, 80's, and 90's.
Atlanta and Indiana traded baskets all game long, and the Pacers were even able to cut the deficit to three in the fourth quarter. The Hawks started to get some good perimeter shooting along with a clutch three-point shot by Kyle Korver late in the fourth quarter to seal the game. Atlanta's biggest lead was 17 points.
Jeff Teague led the way for Atlanta with 25 points and added on six assists and four rebounds. His 10/10 costless throw shooting helped maintain the Hawks' lead and push it to double digits. Al Horford put up 20 points in his first home regular season game in 10 months.
Chris Copeland had a phenomenal game for the Pacers. He had 21 points with 6/11 three-point shooting, which helped Indiana stay in the game despite a myriad of costly turnovers and missed opportunities. Roy Hibbert added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Hibbert has been stepping up lately after being involved in trade rumors all summer. All five Pacers starters scored in double figures.
Shoot guard Rodney Stuckey left for the locker room with a foot injury in the middle of the game. This injury only adds on to the numerous amounts of injuries for Indiana such as the losses of Paul George, David West, George Hill, and C.J. Watson.
The Hawks improve to 1-1 and will head on the road to San Antonio on November 5 to face the Spurs. The Pacers drop to 1-2 and will face the Bucks at home on November 4.