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With tip-in at buzzer, Hawks edge Pacers 113-111

Bennedict Mathurin #00 of the Indiana Pacers attempts a layup while being guarded by Onyeka Okongwu #17 of the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter of the game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Jan. 13, 2023, in Indianapolis. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Colllns tipped in a missed shot with less than a second left to give the Atlanta Hawks a 113-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

Trae Young scored 26 points and De’Andre Hunter had 25 for the Hawks. Young was 6 of 10 from 3-point range and Hunter 6 of 9. The Hawks made 16 of 31 3-pointers overall. Onyeka Okongwu added 18 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.

Bennedict Mathurin scored 26 points and Buddy Hield had 18 points for Indiana. The short-handed Pacers who were without three starters.

After Dejounte Murray, who scored 18 points, stole the ball and scored to give the Hawks a 108-107 lead. Mathurin scored to put Pacers ahead 109-108 with 58 seconds left. He was fouled on the basket but missed the free throw.

Young made a 3-pointer to give the Hawks a 111-109 lead with 32 seconds remaining. Hield hit two free throws to tie it at 111 with 21.5 seconds to go.

Indiana was without point guard Tyrese Haliburton. He suffered a bone bruise on his left knee and elbow strain during the third quarter Wednesday in a loss to the New York Knicks. He is expected to be out at least two weeks. The Pacers were without starters Myles Turner (back spasms) and Aaron Nesmith (illness) for the second consecutive game.

The Hawks shot 43.6% while the Pacers shot 39.6%.

The Hawks led by as many as 11 in the first half before taking a 58-55 halftime lead when Buddy Hield sank a 3-pointer with just under 4 seconds left.

Trailing 62-55 in the third quarter, the Hawks reeled off 14 straight points to take a 69-62 lead. The Pacers regrouped to take an 89-84 lead after three quarters. Hield hit another 3-pointer just before the third quarter buzzer.


Hawks: Clint Capela missed his ninth consecutive game with right calf strain.

Pacers: Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said Myles Turner’s back injury isn’t likely to be a long-term issue, but he doesn’t expect Turner will play against Memphis on Saturday. …Oshae Brissett, who missed Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury, was able to play against the Hawks. He scored 17 points.


Hawks: At Toronto on Saturday night

Pacers: Host Memphis on Saturday night.