Monday March 25, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Gerald Green scored 19 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds Monday night, leading the short-handed Indiana Pacers past the Atlanta Hawks, 100-94.
The Pacers (44-27) extended their Central Division lead to five games over second-place Chicago with 11 games to play. And they did it despite playing without Danny Granger, George Hill, Lance Stephenson or David West. All four sat out with injuries.
They also won on a night that Atlanta (39-32) could have clinched a playoff spot.
Josh Smith led the Hawks with 20 points and Al Horford had 13 points and eight rebounds, not nearly enough against the revamped and focused Pacers.
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