Korver, Hawks rally late to beat Pacers, 89-86
ATLANTA (AP) — When Kyle Korver was missing shots and the Hawks were struggling, coach Larry Drew grabbed Korver near the bench and told the 3-point specialist to keep shooting.
Korver nodded, said he would and then kept his word when the game was on the line.
Korver scored eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, in a late 18-0 run and the Hawks, who trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter, beat the Indiana Pacers 89-86 on Wednesday night.
Korver missed five of six 3-pointers in the first three quarters, but Drew said he remained confident in his shooter.
"Absolutely, because I believe in him," Drew said. "I've seen him enough. I believe in his ability. Shooters have that mentality. They can miss five and come back and make the next shot."
Korver, acquired from the Chicago Bulls in the offseason for a trade exception and cash, said he appreciated the vote of confidence from his new team.
"It's good when you know your coach and teammates have your back and keep passing you the ball," Korver said.
Indiana led 83-69 before Atlanta started the comeback. Korver hit back-to-back 3-pointers and added another jumper, cutting the lead to 83-82.
Korver then missed another jumper but Josh Smith grabbed the rebound and passed to Jeff Teague, who hit a 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining to give Atlanta an 85-83 lead. Teague added another basket to cap the 18-0 run.
"Five minutes left to go, all of a sudden they seemed like they were on fire," said Indiana's Roy Hibbert. "We needed a stop and they got open dunks so we've got to figure something out."
Lance Stephenson ended Indiana's drought by hitting a 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining, cutting Atlanta's lead to one point. Lou Williams answered with a quick basket for the Hawks.
Paul George missed a last-second 3-pointer for Indiana.
David West and George Hill each scored 20 for the Pacers. George had 13.
Al Horford, who led Atlanta with 16 points, said Korver "bailed us out tonight."
"He had good looks all game long," Horford said. "He just couldn't hit them. He's a veteran player. He knows what he has to do, and he just kept shooting the ball with confidence. They eventually fell when it mattered."
Hill said the Pacers "broke down" in the final period.
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