INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger broke out of a shooting slump – at the Atlanta Hawks’ expense.
Shooting 3 of 5 from 3-point range and 9 of 16 overall, Granger scored 24 points in the Indiana Pacers’ 96-84 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night.
“I never shoot good at the beginning of the season,” Granger said. “Nothing different. I knew it would come around at one point. Everybody else was worried about it more than I was.”
Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and David West and Lance Stephenson also had 12 points each to help the Pacers improve to 7-3 – matching their best start since 2005-06. Indiana also is 4-0 at home for the first time since winning its first seven home games in 2002-03.
“When you play the right way, good things happen,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said about Granger, who missed the Pacers’ last game because of food poisoning.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 16 points, Joe Johnson had 15, Zaza Pachulia 11 and Willie Green 10. The Hawks dropped to 7-4.
“We did everything wrong,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “We turned the ball over, we missed layups, we missed blockout assignments. Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong in the third quarter. It seemed like we just hit a wall after that.”
Granger and Hibbert scored all the points as the Pacers, up 53-50 at the half, put together a 16-2 run in the third quarter to make it 71-54 with 5:07 to go in the period.