Pacers eliminate Hawks in Game 6
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The Atlanta Hawks played like a team at home, facing elimination from the NBA playoffs.
The Indiana Pacers played like a better team.
The Pacers are headed to the second round after an 81-73 victory Friday night in Atlanta. The Hawks made a massive fourth-quarter comeback, cutting Indiana’s lead from 17 to three during the period. But Indiana was resilient and played off Atlanta’s desperation at the end.
Even as All-Star swingman Paul George finished 2-for-10 for four points, the Pacers found great balance. Power forward David West had 21 points and eight rebounds, and center Roy Hibbert added 17 and 11. Point guard George Hill added 21 points.
It helped that the Hawks couldn’t make a three-pointer. They missed 14 in a row to end the game 3-for-19 after threes accounted for their first three baskets. Kyle Korver, one of the most accurate three-point shooters in NBA history, finished 0-for-7.
Al Horford led Atlanta with 15 points, while Josh Smith added 14 and nine rebounds.
Now the Pacers await the New York Knicks or Boston Celtics.