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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana coach Frank Vogel wants to see his team come out of the All-Star break the way it opened the season when the Pacers won 16 of their first 17 games. Theyre off to a good start. Paul George scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Pacers to a 108-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. "We understood the dog days (of the season) would be a grind," Vogel said. "Now thats behind us." David West had 17 points and Lance Stephenson added 13 to help the Pacers beat the Hawks for the second time in three meetings this season. Not only does Indiana want to start the second half of the season like it did back in October, the Pacers want to be even better. That could be scary for the rest of the NBA. "We want to peak towards the end of the season and were on our way," centre Roy Hibbert said. "The last 20 games, we want to play our best ball." Kyle Korver scored 19 points, shooting 5 for 7 on 3-pointers, and Lou Williams added 18 points for the Hawks, who have lost six straight. The Pacers, who return from the break with three games in five days, went on a 12-2 run in the third quarter on a basket by West, two 3-pointers by George and a dunk and layup by George Hill to stretch the lead to 73-54. The Pacers put the game away when Ian Mahinmi converted a three-point play and Danny Granger hit a 3 to make it 101-82. After the Pacers jumped to a 19-point lead in the third quarter, the Hawks scored seven straight. Korver hit a 3, Jeff Teague made two free throws, and Williams had a layup to make it 75-63. West gave Indiana an 80-67 lead with two free throws before Atlanta scored six straight on shots by Mike Scott, Williams, and Paul Millsap. For Atlanta, starting a stretch of four games in five nights, the teams injury woes didnt get any better. Forward DeMarre Carroll was listed as a game-time decision, but didnt play for the second straight game because of a left hamstring strain. And centre Gustavo Ayon left in the first half with a right shoulder injury and didnt play in the second half. The Pacers almost shut the door on the Hawks right from the start, using a 16-0 run to build a 22-5 lead early in the first quarter. Stephenson hit a 3, West scored twice, and Hibbert made two free throws. Later, George, who scored 14 first-quarter points, hit a jumper, a 3-pointer, and later dunked with 7:00 remaining in the opening period. "We werent getting good looks at the basket," Korver said. "They were making everything it seemed like and we dug ourselves a really big hole." Indiana led by 22 in the first quarter when Stephenson scored with 4:37 left to give the Pacers a 31-9 lead. The Hawks then went on a 12-2 run. Elton Brand scored and Korver hit a 3-pointer. West made two free throws to extend the lead for Indiana before Williams hit a 3 and two free throws, and Millsap scored to make it 33-19. "We have to be able to get off to good starts," George said. "We have got to understand that teams are going to rally back, but I thought they made the game closer than it needed to be when we had a good lead." The Hawks got within three when Korver hit a 3 to make it 52-49 with 1:02 left in the first half, but never could get over the hump. George made two free throws and Hill hit a 3 with 7.2 seconds left in the first half to give the Pacers a 57-49 halftime lead. NOTES: Hawks C Pero Antie was out with a right ankle stress fracture. ... F Al Horford was out after having right pectoral muscle surgery. . G John Jenkins was out while recovering from lower back surgery. . Indianas 35 points in the first quarter was the most Atlanta has given up in the opening quarter this season. . Indiana scored a season-high 35 points off of Atlantas 22 turnovers. 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"I was thinking we might get a little delay, but it was nice to get out there," said Tyler Bozak of watching Wednesdays game.CALGARY - Their careers intertwined as Calgary Stampeders teammates. On Saturday, the paths of Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn cross again as opposing quarterbacks. Their backstory is of Tate the prodigy forced by injuries to give way to Glenn, the insurance policy that paid off with 20 wins and a Grey Cup appearance during his two seasons as a Stampeder. You can watch the two face off on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 and TSN GO at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt, or listen to the game live on TSN 1040 and as Scott Rintoul and Giulio Caravatta have the PxP call. Pregame coverage on TSN1040 begins at 4:30pm pt. with Bob The Moj Marjanovich and Chris Burns. Claimed in the expansion draft by Ottawa and traded to the B.C. Lions to start this season, Glenn continues to be a well-worked, winning backup to Travis Lulay, who re-injured his shoulder in his one start this season. Glenn ranks third in throwing yards with 2,703 behind Torontos Ricky Ray (3,206) and Winnipegs Drew Willy (2,977). With Bo Levi Mitchell a week away from returning for Calgary, Tate will get his second straight start this season and just the 10th of his career Saturday. Tate, 29, and Glenn, 35, are in different stages of their careers in terms of experience. Tate is the developing quarterback still trying to get games under his belt. With the amount of work hes had in recent years, it feels like the CFL is trying to eke every last game out of Glenn before he retires. The quarterbacks have different strengths. Tate is a scrambler who can turn trouble into a touchdown. Glenns smarts and patience in the pocket gives the offence time to develop. But Tate feels some of Glenns game rubbed off on him during their time as teammates. There was a lot I learned from Kevin on the field and off the field, Tate said Friday. My locker was right next to him so there was just a lot of insight he could give to me personally, professionally. He had great poise. He had a quick release on a quick game and had good pocket awareness and good poise to let things develop downfield. Hes smaller than me which is probably the only quarterback Ive ever seen shorter than me. It was neat to see him work and just how he approaches the games and how he is in the huddle and in the locker room. Glenn, who is five foot 10 to Tates six feet, says even though he has more experience than Tate, there was still something to learn from the younger quarterback. Im never too proud to say that Ive learned something from a guy who may not have as many years in the league as me, Glenn said. I respect the fire that he has. To be able to overcome some of those injuries he had, it was tough. To have that injury-plagued (label) hanging over your head and still be able to come back and be positive and successful. Hes the type of guy that belieeves he can overcome and do anything.dddddddddddd. Its one of those things that you may have inside of you, but it never comes out because you may have never been put in that situation. Calgary (10-2) lost 31-15 to Montreal last Sunday, but still owns the best record in the CFL. The Lions (7-5) are fourth in the West Division, six points back of Calgary and coming off a 40-23 loss to Toronto. The Lions are the only West Division team to defeat Calgary and the only team to beat the Stamps at home so far this season. Trailing 11 points at halftime, B.C. rallied to edge the hosts 25-24 back on Aug. 1. Stampeders running back Jon Cornish didnt play in that game. He missed six games in July and August with concussion symptoms. The CFLs Most Outstanding Player and leading rusher last season also didnt travel to Montreal last week. Cornish will be back in the lineup Saturday. Hed been cagey about his reasons for staying home from Montreal. Cornish revealed Friday that he landed on his head and felt his neck lock up in a 40-33 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Sept. 13. I was being cautious, Cornish said. Cornish rushed for a CFL single-game high of 174 yards against Toronto. With six games remaining, the 29-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., ranks fourth in league rushing with 587 yards in five games. The Calgary and B.C. defences are coming off their worst games of the season, but Cornish says the Lions still pose a stiff challenge. B.C. middle linebacker Solomon Elimimian leads the CFL in tackles with 98. Theyre one of the premier defences in the league and I always relish every opportunity I get to play against them, Cornish said. I get to improve as a player, playing against their players. Calgarys defence was averaging 15 points per game against in the first 10 games of the season, but allowed 33 and 31 the last two games respectively. Technically were doing good things, said Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler. We just have to play with more passion and get the job done. Hopefully we have our mojo back and we go back and do the things we do well. Tate completed Calgarys comeback win against Toronto with 6-for-6 passing, two touchdown throws and a two-point convert pass. He ran for two touchdowns against Montreal, but completed half his 30 passes for 152 yards. The return of Cornish gives the Texan a weapon the quarterback didnt have last week. He definitely will make a difference so find a way to get him the ball and make sure its a clean handoff every time, Tate said. I definitely felt I took a step forward in practice this week so I want to continue that into the game. Its really just getting the ball to the playmakers in space. Dont turn the ball over and have a good run game. We do all those things, we should be all right. Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '


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