After a huge scare in this opening series against the Atlanta Hawks, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers, kept themselves alive on Saturday and will advance in the NBA Playoffs with a
Paul George was fantastic in this one for the Pacers as they avoided that dreadful fate of being the top seed eliminated in the first round as he led the way with 30 points and nine rebounds, nearly completing the double-double effort.
What was also notable in this one is that we finally saw a scoring appearance from Roy Hibbert as he dropped in 13 points while adding in seven rebounds and five blocks on the defensive end of the floor.
Indiana started off strong, grabbing a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and then outscoring the Hawks 23-13 in the second, going into the half with a huge burst of momentum and really never looking back.
Pacers ended 1st half on 18-4 run. Hawks shot 1-for-15 in the final 9:30 of the 1st half.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 3, 2014
For the Atlanta Hawks, their season comes to a heartbreaking end at the hands of the Pacers as this young group continues to progress. Paul Millsap finished the final game of the team’s season with 15 points and 17 rebounds, while Kyle Korver added in 19 with three boards.
Now, the Pacers advance on to play the dangerous Washington Wizards in the next round.