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Hawks beat Pacers for third straight victory

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
March 6, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS—Josh Smith had 27 points and nine rebounds, leading the Atlanta Hawks to their third straight victory, 101-96 over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

Smith scored 13 points in the first quarter, 11 in the third, and fell three points shy of his season high.

Jannero Pargo had 16 points, while Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia each scored 12 for the Hawks.

David West scored a season-high 24 points for the Pacers, who have lost two straight. Danny Granger had 19 points and eight rebounds, and George Hill scored 15 points off the bench for Indiana.

The Hawks led by as much as 10 points in the first half, but Granger's 3-pointer tied it at 62.

West's basket gave Indiana its last lead at 71-69 before Williams answered with a 3-pointer.

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