Playing back-to-back nights is no problem for the Indiana Pacers.
Not when the back-to-backs are in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers have no problems winning there.
Paul George scored 29 points, and David West and George Hill added 15 apiece to power Indiana to a 114-103 win Tuesday night against the visiting Atlanta Hawks. The victory was the Pacers’ 15th straight at home and came one night after a 111-101 home triumph against the Chicago Bulls.
Indiana, which has a half-game edge on Chicago for the Central Division lead, is 20-3 overall at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It has not lost at home since Dec. 7.
Best of all for the Pacers (30-19), nine of their next 12 games are at home. But travel tonight to Philadelphia, where they will complete the NBA’s only three games in three nights stretch this season.
In addition, the Pacers will be looking to break a three-game skid on the road. Whether fatigue factors in or not, they at least bring momentum.
Showing no signs of wear against the Hawks (26-21), the Pacers had seven players in double figures, including all five starters. The had a 39-37 rebounding edge and maintained focus in an uncommonly long non-overtime game.
Indiana was called for 33 fouls and Atlanta was whistled for 26. Moreover, the game was delayed eight minutes with 2:09 to play in the third quarter while officials debated, watched a replay, debated some more, and watched a replay again while sorting out a collision between Pacers guard D.J. Augustin and Hawks center Al Horford.
When debate ended, Horford was called for a flagrant foul for knocking Augustin to the floor on a drive to the basket. Augustin was given a technical for what appeared to be an inadvertent elbow that struck Horford in the groin.
But in the end, the delay didn’t slow down the Pacers. They took an 81-70 lead into the fourth quarter and led by double digits most of the rest of the way.
Indiana enjoyed its biggest lead of the game, 14 on two occasions, in the final 2:48.
Starters Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Pacers. Backup center Ian Mahinmi had 12 points, and Augustin finished with 10.
Guard Jeff Teague led the Hawks with a 24 points. Horford added 15, and John Jenkins had 14 off the bench.
Indiana returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Friday against the Toronto Raptors for the first of a five-game homestand. The Pacers host Brooklyn Feb. 11, followed by Charlotte (Feb. 13), New York (Feb. 20) and Detroit (Feb. 22).