Indiana’s Monta Ellis, right, scored 25 points as the Pacers ended a three-game losing streak with a 111-92 win Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS — Monta Ellis finally found his shooting touch, rookie Myles Turner finally got a chance to start and the Indiana Pacers finally figured out how to deliver a knockout punch.
It was the perfect combination Thursday night.
Ellis scored 25 points, Turner added 20 points and six rebounds and the struggling Pacers finished the game on a 23-2 stretch to run away from the Atlanta Hawks 111-92.
“We just imposed our will. We got tired of losing,” coach Frank Vogel said. “We got stops. Guys just made the necessary plays.”
The Pacers had lost three straight, six of their previous seven and back-to-back games on their home court.
So Vogel made a change. Just 24 hours after sounding lukewarm about plugging Turner into the lineup, he reversed course. The move paid immediate dividends as Turner finished 9 of 17 from the field and broke a third-quarter tie with seven straight points.
When he returned to the game with 6:32 left, Indiana limited the Hawks to just two more baskets.
Turner’s presence helped his teammates get in sync, too.
Ellis went 7 of 11 from the field and made 5 of 7 3s after starting the game shooting 27.9 percent from beyond the arc. George Hill added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Four different players scored during a 12-0 run that turned a 90-88 deficit into a 100-90 lead and the defense Vogel had been looking for clamped down against the weary Hawks, who lost for the second time in two nights.
“Obviously, we hit a wall at the four-minute mark or whatever it was,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said.
NEW YORK — Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have been picked for the Western Conference team, giving the NBA champion Golden State Warriors three All-Stars for the first time in 40 years.
Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Houston’s James Harden, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, the Clippers’ Chris Paul and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis were also chosen Thursday for the West squad for the Feb. 14 game in Toronto.
The Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan will represent the home team and is joined by fellow East reserves Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Miami’s Chris Bosh, Washington’s John Wall, Atlanta’s Paul Millsap and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas.
BRISTOL, Conn. — The 3-point line will virtually light up during Saturday prime-time NBA broadcasts on ABC this season. ESPN will use new technology to show viewers when a player attempts a 3-pointer.
- Kyle Lowry
- had 26 points and 10 assists as the Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive win, 103-93 over the Knicks on Thursday.