With their backs against the wall, facing elimination, the top-seeded Indiana Pacers showed what they were made of, rallying for a 95-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night to force a game 7.
The Pacers ended the game on a 16-4 run.
David West scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists and Paul George finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead the Pacers. Lance Stephenson added 21 points and nine rebounds and George Hill chipped in 14 points.
Jeff Teague scored a game-high 29 for the Hawks while Paul Millsap finished with 16 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks and Lou Williams added 16.
Trailing 84-79 with 3:00 to, the Pacers scored the next six points to regain the lead. After a Pero Antic free throw, West scored to make 87-85 Pacers. George got a steal on the next possession and hit two free throws, then the Pacers got another stop and George added two more from the charity stripe to put the game away.
After turning a two-point first quarter deficit into a five-point halftime lead, the Hawks’ offense got going in the third quarter, using three-pointers by Millsap and Korver to provide a spark that ignited a 28-point quarter and give the Hawks a three-point advantage heading into the fourth.
Game 7 from Bankers’ Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana is Saturday.