The Hawks were pulverized in their preseason home finale by the Pacers 107-89 Tuesday night, and finished winless in Philips Arena through exhibition play.
Atlanta (1-5) has now lost four in a row, including all three at home as well as the game in Biloxi, Mississippi against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, Oct. 13th.
Meanwhile, Indiana (2-5) won their second consecutive game after losing their first five straight.
David West led the Pacers with 24 points and seven rebounds (both team-highs). Paul George tallied 17 and Luis Scola scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. Backup guard C.J. Watson (11) was also in double-figures.
Atlanta jumped out of the starting gate with a 24-15 first quarter lead. However, the bench struggled to score and Indiana came storming back in the second to take a 46-41 advantage at halftime. The Pacers continued to widen the gap in the second half and cruised to an 18-point victory.
Mike Scott had a monster game for the Hawks, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in just 23 minutes of play. The only shot Scott missed was a garbage time 3-pointer as Atlanta trailed 105-89 with 43 seconds left — so essentially, Mike had a perfect shooting performance because he would have never taken that shot if the game was on the line. Jeff Teague matched Scott’s scoring output with 17 points, while adding a team-high eight assists. Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll each had 12 apiece, and spot-start center Elton Brand chipped in with 11 points. Sharpshooter Kyle Korver struggled, going 3-of-11 for nine points, but did grab a very impressive game-high nine rebounds.
Pacers wingman Danny Granger sat out for the second straight game with a strained left calf, while the Hawks rested Paul Millsap, who has a sore left Achilles.
Cartier Martin (19 mins) and Royal Ivey (10 mins), two of the four players with non-guaranteed contracts for the Hawks, each appeared in the game. However, Shelvin Mack — who is competing with Ivey for third-string at the PG position — did not play. Neither did forward Eric Dawson, who has now not played in the last four straight.
Atlanta needs to trim their roster from 17 players down to 15 by Tuesday, and only has one more game (Wednesday in Dallas) to determine who will get the final two spots.