3. Finally, the Hawks got a win on the second night of a back-to-back. Entering Saturday’s game, the Hawks were 0-7 in the scenario of playing in their second game in two days. They previously lost Oct. 29 in Miami, Nov. 6 vs. Chicago, Nov. 17 in Los Angeles against the Lakers, Nov. 23 vs. Toronto, Nov. 30 in Houston, Dec. 11 in Chicago and Dec. 28 in Chicago. “I thought our guys, similar to what we talked about (Friday), they were resilient, they were tough, and it was a total team effort tonight,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “I’m really proud of our guys.”
4. After struggling with a right knee injury to start the season and missing 11 games with a left shoulder injury, Huerter seems to have gotten healthy and hit his stride. He finished with a season-high 26 points, to go with five assists, six rebounds and two steals. Over the past three games, Huerter is averaging 20.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists. “Feels great,” Huerter said. “Just to be able to play 41 minutes tonight, just the way the first 25 games of the season went, a lot of different frustrations, being out and then kind of being on minute restrictions. Every player wants to play. So the past three games I’ve logged a lot of minutes and so hopefully we can keep that up and do all the right things I can to keep myself healthy.”
5. When he checked into the game midway through the first quarter, Vince Carter made history as the first NBA player to play in four decades. Carter was the 1999 rookie of the year and won the NBA’s slam dunk contest in 2000. “I’m just very thankful to still be around and compete at this level,” Carter said.
By the numbers
16 (what the Hawks held the Pacers to in the fourth quarter)
“We’re playing musical chairs with our lineup before the game, with guys being out, and I thought the guys came in and really played inspired basketball.” (Coach Lloyd Pierce on the Hawks’ success even with Collins, Parker and Reddish out)