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Pacers oust Hawks

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Indiana advances to next round by winning in Atalnta, ending 13-game skid there

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 9:50 pm

ATLANTA — George Hill and David West each scored 21 points and the Indiana Pacers withstood a furious Atlanta comeback in the fourth quarter, beating the Hawks 81-73 on Friday night to close out the opening-round playoff series four games to two.

The home team had won every game until the Hawks returned to Philips Arena and set a franchise record with just nine points in the second quarter on 1-of-15 shooting. The defense broke down in the third, allowing Hill and West to combine for 22 points, and the Pacers built a 65-50 lead going to the fourth.

The Hawks showed some heart, slicing it to 76-73 on Al Horford's dunk with 2:13 remaining.

But the comeback fizzled there, and the Pacers advanced to face New York by ending their 13-game losing streak in Atlanta.

Pacers 81, Hawks 73

INDIANA (81)

George 2-10 0-0 4, West 9-21 3-4 21, Hibbert 8-14 1-2 17, Hill 7-14 5-7 21, Stephenson 3-5 1-2 8, T.Hansbrough 1-1 4-6 6, Augustin 1-6 0-0 2, Pendergraph 1-2 0-0 2, Mahinmi 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 32-76 14-21 81.

ATLANTA (73)

Smith 5-16 4-4 14, Horford 6-12 3-4 15, Petro 2-6 0-0 4, Teague 3-12 3-4 10, Harris 5-14 2-2 14, I.Johnson 2-5 0-0 4, Korver 3-11 6-6 12, Tolliver 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-78 18-20 73.

Indiana 21 16 28 16 — 81

Atlanta 20 9 21 23 — 73

Three-point goals—Indiana 3-15 (Hill 2-5, Stephenson 1-1, Augustin 0-4, George 0-5), Atlanta 3-19 (Harris 2-7, Teague 1-1, Tolliver 0-1, Smith 0-3, Korver 0-7). Fouled Out—Harris. Rebounds—Indiana 61 (Hibbert, Stephenson 11), Atlanta 44 (Smith 9). Assists—Indiana 17 (George 7), Atlanta 12 (Smith, Horford, Harris 3). Total Fouls—Indiana 20, Atlanta 19. Technicals—Pendergraph, I.Johnson. A—18,238 (18,729).