After break, refreshed Pacers run past Atlanta

Maybe a little rest was all they needed after all.

Looking refreshed, relaxed and ready to extend their Eastern Conference edge, the Indiana Pacers returned from the All-Star break with a 108-98 win Tuesday night against the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

Starting strong and finishing the same way, the Pacers raced a 31-9 lead, withstood a series of Atlanta runs, then led the entire second half to open the post-break on a winning note.

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