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Recap: Hawks , Pacers
Date: March 06, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
  

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks are back on track, and Josh Smith is a big reason.

Smith had 27 points and nine rebounds, leading the Hawks to their third straight victory, 101-96 over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

``Josh has been on a roll as of late,' coach Larry Drew said. ``We've been going through him offensively and defensively. He's been an anchor for us. Tonight I felt he played another phenomenal ball game. He was just solid.'

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Smith scored 13 points in the first quarter, 11 in the third, and fell three points shy of his season high. He passed the credit onto his teammates.

``It's great when your teammates lift you up,' Smith said. ``That really helped in the third and fourth quarter. We're coming together and figuring out a way to win ball games.'

Jannero Pargo had 16 points, while Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia each scored 12 for the Hawks.

David West scored a season-high 24 points for the Pacers, who have lost two straight. Danny Granger had 19 points and eight rebounds, and George Hill scored 15 points off the bench for Indiana.

``They kept us off balance with good ball movement and we couldn't seem to adjust to their schemes,' West said. ``We just weren't able to figure them out in the time to stop them.'

The Hawks led by as much as 16 points in the first half, but Granger's 3-pointer tied it at 62.

West's basket gave Indiana its last lead at 71-69 before Williams answered with a 3-pointer.

The Hawks outrebounded the Pacers 45-37 and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds.

The Pacers returned home after losing Monday to the Chicago Bulls on the road, 92-72, snapping a season-best, six-game winning streak.

``We didn't defend the 3 well and didn't do a good enough job on the defensive glass,' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ``It cost us the game. I don't think we were ourselves the last two games.'

The Hawks visit Miami on Wednesday.

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