Indiana wins series 4-3 (Game 3 of 7)

Indiana wins series 4-3

Game 1: Saturday, April 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, April 22nd
Game 3: Thursday, April 24th
Game 4: Saturday, April 26th
Game 5: Monday, April 28th
Game 6: Thursday, May 1st
Game 7: Saturday, May 3rd

Pacers 85

(56-26, 21-20 away)

Hawks 98

(38-44, 24-17 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:00 PM ET, April 24, 2014

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 24 14 20 2785
    ATL 24 15 28 3198

    Top Performers

    Ind: L. Stephenson 21 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Atl: J. Teague 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver lead Hawks past Pacers to take 2-1 series lead

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Atlanta Hawks celebrated and their fans serenaded the Indiana Pacers with chants of "Overrated!"

    Game 3 did nothing to change that perception.

    The top-seeded Pacers are on the ropes again at the hands of the eighth-seeded Hawks, who finished six games below .500 during the regular season but truly believe they can pull off a major upset in the opening round of the playoffs.

    Atlanta is playing with confidence and swagger -- and even got a crucial call to go its way.

    Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials missed him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series.

    The Hawks took control in the third quarter -- the decisive period in all three games -- and held off the Pacers to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

    Game 4 is Saturday in Atlanta.

    The Hawks were up 84-78 with the shot clock running down when Teague launched a running shot from the wing -- after his foot clipped the line.

    "I knew it was a 3," Teague said. "Hopefully they just count it."

    They did, even after a video review. Referee Tony Brothers explained that officials took another look at the play merely to determine if Teague was behind the 3-point line when he shot. There wasn't any doubt about that, and under NBA rules the only other thing they could look at was the position of Teague's feet when the ball left his hand. He was clearly in bounds when he shot.

    Korver clinched the victory with the last of his four treys, putting Atlanta up 92-80 with 1:41 remaining. That was only appropriate, since the Hawks made 10 3s in the second half.

    "In the second half, we came out and made some big shots," Teague said. "Everybody played well."

    Teague scored 22 points and Korver added 20 to lead the Hawks, who are having their way with an Indiana team that struggled down the stretch and is still scrambling to regain the form it showed much of the season.

    Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 21 points, and Luis Scola added 17 in another stellar performance off the bench. But Paul George was held to 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting, George Hill made only 1-of-11 from the field, and Roy Hibbert continually missed shots close to the hoop.

    "We have a dream of winning it all," George said. "We've got to be much more tougher than that. I don't think it's there. Our toughness is questionable right now."

    Hibbert is having an especially rough time, scoring only 18 points in the first three games on 7-of-25 shooting. Coach Frank Vogel was asked if he planned on making a lineup change, especially given the Pacers had more success with their 7-footer on the bench.

    "We're going to look at everything," Vogel said. "He has not played well in the series to this point. But we still have confidence in Roy Hibbert."

    Teague made the biggest shot of all for the Hawks. Looking up to see the clock running down, he dribbled to his left and threw it up with Scola in his face. Nothing but net. Teague smiled and shrugged his shoulders on the way back down the court, as surprised as anyone that it went in.

    "A lot of times those plays that you draw up don't work the way that you want them to," Korver said. "You improvise and sometimes you throw stuff up as the shot clock's coming down and it goes in. I'm glad that it happened for us and not for them."

    The Hawks stunned the Pacers in Game 1 at Indianapolis and led by as many as 11 in the first half of Game 2, before the Pacers finally looked like the top seed in the East with a dominant third quarter that evened the series.

    This time, the Hawks gained the upper hand in the third -- just as they did in the series opener. Korver knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner off a fast break, prompting the Pacers to call a timeout. They needed another after Teague soared for a thunderous dunk off an Indiana turnover, pushing Atlanta to a 10-point lead, matching its biggest of the game to that point.

    The Hawks went to the final quarter riding a wave of momentum when Lou Williams stepped back and swished a 3 with just 1.2 seconds left in the third, pushing Atlanta ahead 67-58.

    Game notes

    The Hawks improved to 15-2 against Indiana at Philips Arena since December 2006. ... Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field. ... DeMarre Carroll scored 18 points for Atlanta. ... Stephenson had a double-double with 13 rebounds. ... Scola got into it with Atlanta's Mike Scott midway through the second quarter. They were quickly separated and assessed technical fouls.

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    Research Notes

    From Elias: The last time two 1-seeds lost in the first round to 8-seeds on back-to-back nights by double-digit margins was in 2006... 04/29/2006 MIL 124 vs DET 104 RD1 04/30/2006 SAC 102 vs SA 84 RD1
    Want two stats to continue the Roy Hibbert poor play narrative? In 3 of his last 6 games overall, Hibbert has had more personal fouls + turnovers vs points... In 3 of his last 6 games overall, Hibbert has had more personal fouls + turnovers vs rebounds... Totals for last 6 games: Points: 27 Rebounds: 28 Turnovers + Personal Fouls: 23
    The Hawks outscored the Pacers 20-11 in transition Thursday after scoring 12 transition points in the first two games combined.
    After scoring 29 points in Game 2, George struggled from the floor, going 3-for-11 from the field. George was 1-for-8 on jump shots on Thursday; he was 4-for-9 in Game 2.
    Since the 1st round expanded to 7 games in 2003, the Pacers are the 5th number 1 seed to trail 2 games to 1. Three of the previous four top seeds to do it lost in 6 games. Only the Pistons in 2003, who trailed 3 games to 1, came back to win the series.
    Roy Hibbert continued his shooting woes Thursday, going 2-for-9 from the field for four points, including 0-for-5 in the paint. Hibbert is shooting 20% since April 4 (nine games), including 18% in the paint.
    Through the first quarter, Roy Hibbert is 0-2 in the non-restricted area of the paint, and 1 for his last 17 dating back to April 4.
    Jeff Teague (ATL): 1st player in 2014 playoffs with at least 20 points and 10 assists in a game * 1st Hawks player with 20 points and 10 assists in a playoff game since Spud Webb in 1986
    In 37 minutes with Mahinmi on court, the Hawks have scored 10 points in the paint (that works out to 12.9 per 48 minutes). In 54 minutes with Hibbert on court, the Hawks have scored 38 points in the paint (that works out to 33.7 per 48 mintues).
    Roy Hibbert logged only 7 minutes in the 2nd half of Game 2 (0 in the 4th quarter). The Pacers may want to consider limiting his playing time more tonight as Ian Mahinmi has been a more effective defensive player. Mahinmi has held opponents to 31.6% shooting this postseason while Roy Hibbert has allowed 58.8% shooting. More specifically, Paul Millsap has owned Hibbert, going 7 of 9 with 18 points and no blocked attempts. Against Mahinmi, Millsap has shot 2 of 6 with 5 points and 2 blocked attempts.
    Roy Hibbert was 0-3 in paint in first half... 6 for his last 31 in the paint.

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