ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Al Horford added 20 and the Atlanta Hawks shook off a tumultuous offseason to beat Indiana 102-92 in their home opener Saturday night.
With President Jimmy Carter and rap star T.I. among the sellout crowd, the Hawks withstood an injury depleted Pacers team that never led but kept it close most of the way.
Indiana closed to 95-92 when Donald Sloan was fouled in the corner by Horford and knocked down all three free throws with 1:13 left. But Teague answered with a jumper, Sloan missed and Teague made a pair of free throws with 26.6 seconds left to clinch the victory.
Teague scored 11 of Atlanta’s first 22 points and came up big at the end.
Chris Copeland led the Pacers with 21 points.
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