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It took the Atlanta Hawks three quarters until their defense finally showed up. Once they did, the Indiana Pacers offense went out the door giving the Hawks a 120-109 opening night win. The Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks were at triple digits with nine minutes still left to play. However, Indiana would only score one point during the next six minutes, while the Hawks rolled off 10 unanswered points. Finally, Danny Granger ended the draught, hitting one of two free throws. Granger had a game-high 31 points, but only had nine points in the second half. New teammate Earl WatsonÆs three-pointer with 9:04 left in the fourth gave Indiana their first lead of the quarter 101-100. The HawksÆ point guard, Mike Bibby, quickly regained the lead for Atlanta on a three of his own. Bibby scored two strai ...

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