They shot 7-of-35 en route to a 55-23 deficit at halftime.
Indiana's 23 first half points is the lowest in the franchise's NBA history. At halftime: Hawks 55 Pacers 23— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 6, 2014
For the Hawks, the half was a record-breaker in a good way:
I'm told now that the 23 first-half points allowed is fewest in Atlanta history. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) April 6, 2014
Not one player on the Pacers had more than a single field goal, and Paul George led the squad in scoring with six points.
As a unit, Indy wasn't clicking at all. It mustered just one assist in the opening 24 minutes and put up a goose egg (0-of-7) from three-point range. No wonder it scored fewer points in one half than it averages per quarter.
The big man in the middle, Roy Hibbert, came up small on both ends of the court.
Hibbert has only recorded two box score numbers: 5 missed FGA and 1 Turnover. Not one positive stat.— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) April 6, 2014
Frank Vogel didn't think much of the performance either. The All-Star center was benched to begin the second half, and we can't really blame Vogel, considering Hibbert's putrid first half.
Hibbert remained on the bench throughout the entirety of the second half.
After the game, Vogel wasn't ready to speculate on when Hibbert's benching would conclude, nor was he ready to sugarcoat things for his team.
Vogel says he doesn't know If Roy will start Wednesday— Tim Donahue (@TimDonahue8p9s) April 7, 2014
"Clearly an extremely poor performance tonight by our team..." - Coach Vogel— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 7, 2014
Indiana has struggled mightily since the All-Star break, posting a .500 record leading up to Sunday's tilt against Atlanta. It's sputtering in a lot of areas at the wrong time of year, with the playoffs just days away.
For much of the year, Indiana looked like the team to beat in the East and a legitimate NBA title contender. These days, the Pacers are not a cohesive unit, and they're floundering against mediocre Eastern Conference opponents.
Can they find their offense before the postseason arrives?
If they don't, they can kiss any type of playoff run goodbye.