Contact Us

Hawks Take 3-2 Lead on Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Scott made five 3-pointers during a 30-6 second-quarter run Monday night, and the Atlanta Hawks fended off a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat top-seeded Indiana 107-97 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Atlanta can clinch the first-round series at home Thursday.

Mike Scott had 17 points (Getty Images).

Shelvin Mack led the eighth-seeded Hawks with 20 points.

Paul George had 26 for Indiana, which got as close as eight points in the final minute.

For the Pacers, it was another bleak chapter in a second-half implosion that could go down as the worst in NBA history if they can’t survive this series.

On Monday, one of the league’s best defensive teams inexplicably collapsed in the second quarter. Atlanta was 9 of 11 from beyond the arc in the quarter and shot 81.3 percent from the field during a second quarter in which the Pacers allowed their most points ever in a playoff game and the Hawks matched their second-highest scoring total in the same quarter during a postseason game.

Atlanta previously did it against Detroit on April 17, 1986. The St. Louis Hawks scored 45 points against Fort Wayne on March 14, 1957.

And it was every bit as impressive as it seemed.

Atlanta opened the quarter with a free throw from Mack to tie the score at 21. Scott then made four consecutive 3s to push the lead to 33-21.

It didn’t stop there.

Mack hit a midrange jumper, Kyle Korver made a 3, Scott scored on a putback and Korver hit his second 3. Mack followed that with two free throws and Scott closed the run with his last 3 of the game. That gave Atlanta a 48-27 lead.

Indiana never recovered.

The Pacers still trailed 61-40 at halftime and by as many as 30 points in the third quarter.

Indiana cut the deficit to 85-67 late in the third and with the crowd urging it to keep playing, closed to 96-87 with 4:04 to go. But Korver knocked down another 3 and the Hawks closed it out at the free throw line.

The Pacers, who haven’t won consecutive games with their regular starters since mid-March, now must win the last two games of the series to advance.

Atlanta set a postseason record by making 15 3s.

Notes: The Pacers had a moment of silence to honor former coach Jack Ramsay, who died Monday at age 89. Ramsay led the Pacers to the first NBA playoff win in franchise history. … Atlanta has three wins at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and is the only team to beat Indiana on its home court more than once this season.

More from 104.5 The Team

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1045theteam.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!