Johnson, Hawks Thump Pacers

June 21, 2010 Updated Mar 13, 2009 at 10:38 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 30 points for the third
straight game, and Al Horford finished with 17 points and 15
rebounds in the Atlanta Hawks' fourth straight victory, 101-87 over
the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Improving to 24-7 at home, Atlanta increased its lead over
fifth-place Miami to two games in the Eastern Conference. The
Hawks' 38 wins are one more than their total from last season, when
they advanced to the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
Johnson has gone 33-for-64 from the field in Atlanta's last
three games to average 30.3 points.
T.J. Ford, who scored Indiana's last 14 points, finished with
29. Troy Murphy pulled down 14 rebounds - all defensive - for the
Pacers, who have lost two straight and three of four.




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