NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, April 28th (All times Eastern)
(8) Atlanta Hawks (2-2) at (1) Indiana Pacers (2-2), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers squared their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Atlanta Hawks and will now go for the lead Monday night when they return home for Game 5.
"We're back with the home-court advantage," Paul George said. "We can't get complacent with that. We got to be able to put this series away. This is a tough team and a team that's going to play 'til the end."
George and David West knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to cap a big run in the final minutes Saturday, as the Pacers escaped with a 91-88 win in Atlanta.
George's shot with 2:11 remaining gave the Pacers the lead for good and West's -- from the same spot on the high left side moments later -- ended an 11-2 run that gave Indiana a four-point lead with 1 1/2 minutes left.
George later clanked two free throws off the rim with 7.5 seconds left and a chance to make it a two-possession game, but Atlanta's Pero Antic missed a 3- pointer at the buzzer.
"It (was) one of those games we have to do whatever it takes to win," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "I thought our offensive motor improved. Nineteen fast-break points might have been more than we've had in two months. Our guys got out and played with force and we're pretty good when we do that."
George had 24 points and 10 rebounds, West scored 18 points and George Hill added 15 for the Pacers, who sat struggling 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert in the fourth quarter for the third straight game.
Hibbert, who started despite speculation he would come off the bench, was 3- for-5 for six points and picked up his first two blocks of the series. He has 24 points and 17 rebounds in the four games.
Paul Millsap scored 29 points for the Hawks, but just 11 came after halftime as the forward battled foul trouble. Kyle Korver added 15 points, including three free throws after he was fouled late on a 3-point try from the right corner.
Those shots got Atlanta within a point with 1:24 remaining, but Hill responded with a driving one-hander at the other end after grabbing an offensive rebound and the teams traded blunders after that.
After Millsap threw a pass away, Korver deflected a Lance Stephenson pass at the other end, leading to a jump ball that Stephenson tipped out of bounds.
Millsap missed a one-handed shot in the lane after spinning off Luis Scola and DeMarre Carroll fouled George on an inbounds pass, sending him to the line for the foul shots he would miss.
Antic missed on his attempt to tie, so it's back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"I think we're still a confident group," said Korver. "We let one slip away but we showed we can go and compete in the games (in Indianapolis). That's what our mindset is now. We have to let this one go and get ready for Monday."
Game 6 will be Thursday night in Atlanta.
04/28 10:26:56 ET