Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, left, fouls Indiana Pacers forward Paul George as he shoots in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. The Pacers defeated the Hawks 114-103. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Hawks vs Pacers: Elias Sports Bureau Research Notes

The Atlanta Hawks did a nice job on containing the much improved Indiana Pacers on Tuesday during the opening quarter, but not such a good job in the other three as the Pacers turned on cruise control in the second period and coasted the rest of the way to a 114-103 victory.

Both team’s wore throwback jerseys from the 1990’s, which clearly inspired Indiana to dish out a classic performance as they managed to do something that has only been done twice before in franchise history.

In order to put the Pacers victory in proper perspective, Elias Sports Bureau breaks down their historic performance:

Hawks Contain Pacers For Only One Quarter

From Elias: The Hawks led the Pacers after one quarter on Tuesday, 21-18, but Indiana scored 32, 31 and 33 points in the next three periods to cruise to an 11-point win, and extend its home winning streak to 15 games. The Pacers have been held to fewer than 20 points in the first period, but scored more than 30 in each of the next three periods in only two other games in their NBA history, against the Pistons in 1987 and the Lakers (in a loss) in 1989.

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