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Teague leads Hawks past slumping Pacers

Hawks guard Jeff Teague dribbles the ball during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Pacers.

Hawks guard Jeff Teague dribbles the ball during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Pacers.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Guard Jeff Teague scored a game-high 25 points, leading four Atlanta starters in double figures as the Hawks stunned the Indiana Pacers 107-88 Sunday night.

Hawks center Pero Antic added 18 points, and forward Paul Millsap scored 17 points and had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Indiana forward Paul George scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in the second half.

The Hawks (34-42) moved closer to nailing down their seven consecutive playoff spot. Atlanta is two games ahead of New York (33-45) with six games left. The Knicks lost 102-91 Sunday to the defending league champion Miami Heat.

Atlanta won for the third time in four games.

Indiana (53-25) lost for the seventh time in nine games and for the second time at home in less than a week. They trail the Heat by one game in the race for the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, and they play at Miami on Friday.

Atlanta guard Shelvin Mack came off the bench to score 13, and starting guard Kyle Korver scored 11.

Forward David West scored 13 and guard George Hill had 12 for Indiana.

Atlanta dominated the game from the start. The Hawks scored the game's first nine points and led 17-3 before the first quarter was half over. They led 33-11 at the end of the opening quarter after Millsap scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. By halftime, Atlanta held a 55-23 advantage.

When the Hawks pulled ahead 22-5, only forwards West and Luis Scola had scored baskets for Indiana. Center Roy Hibbert had missed three shots, and George had missed two.

The low points kept getting lower for Indiana. After the Pacers fell behind 35-11, Hill took an inbounds pass and dribbled slowly into the offensive end. Atlanta guard Shelvin Mack reached in, stole the ball and danced to the other end for an uncontested layup.

Just a couple of minutes later, Hibbert tried to pass the ball to George, but the ball went out of bounds for a turnover when George cut in another direction. As Pacers coach Frank Vogel called for a timeout, George was talking in Hibbert's direction as they headed for the bench.

NOTES: The Pacers' 23 first-half point were a season low for an Atlanta opponent. The Hawks' previous best first-half defensive total: 32 against the Pacers in a Jan. 8 win. ... Hawks G Jeff Teague, an Indianapolis native, started his team-high 73rd game of the season. His 6.9 assists per game ranked No. 8 in the NBA through Saturday, and he had 20 assists in his previous two games. ... The Pacers' road losing streak is six games, their longest skid on the road since 2011. Indiana plays Wednesday at Milwaukee and Friday at Miami. ... Pacers G C.J. Watson missed his 13th consecutive game with a right hamstring strain. ... Indiana F Solomon Hill was out due to a sore back.