Behind an excellent defensive effort and 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals from Paul George, the Indiana Pacers dominated the second half en route to a 101-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, tying their first round playoff series at one game apiece.
The Pacers held the Hawks to 39.2% shooting from the field and only allowed them to score 24 points in the paint.
Roy Hibbert struggled again, finishing with six points on one-of-seven shooting and David West got into foul trouble and was limited to just 24 minutes. Luis Scola made up for their performances, coming off of the bench to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds.
George Hill added 15 points.
Early on, the Pacers looked like they were in trouble again. After they scored the first seven points of the game, the Hawks quickly rallied, taking the lead within minutes and building an 11-point lead in the second quarter. The Pacers cut it back to four by the break.
In the second half, the Pacers took over, absolutely dominating the Hawks in every facet of the game. After the two teams each started the quarter with a three-pointer and another bucket, the Pacers went on an 11-2 run to take their first lead since early in the first quarter. After an Elton Brand jumper cut the Pacers’ lead back to three with 3:33 to play in the third, the Pacers would not allow the Hawks to score again until the 9:03 mark in the fourth quarter.
In total, it was a 19-0 Pacers run that saw the Hawks miss 12 consecutive shots from the floor.
The Pacers outscored the Hawks 31-13 in the third quarter and 22-20 in the fourth (although it could have been much worse but the Hawks outscored the Pacers 16-5 over the last 5:41 of the game).
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 19 points and four rebounds while Jeff Teague scored 14 and Lou Williams and Mike Scott had 11 points apiece.
Game 3 is Thursday night at 7:00 pm EST and is on NBA TV.
Game 1: Hawks 101, Pacers 93