Notebook: Pacers 106, Hawks 83



Posted May 2, 2013 12:03 AM

Conrad Brunner, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The home court has been more than an advantage. It has been the determining factor in the first-round playoff series between Indiana and Atlanta. The Pacers rolled to their third home blowout, 106-83, in Game 5 Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. David West scored 24, Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Roy Hibbert 18 points and nine boards as Indiana's front line asserted its will on the game from the outset and overpowered the visitors. Josh Smith and Al Horford scored 14 each for the Hawks but combined to shoot just 10-for-30. Now the series shifts back to Atlanta for Game 6 Friday, where the Hawks have won twice by a total margin of 32 points and the Pacers have lost 13 consecutive tries dating back to 2006.

QUOTABLE: "We're at our best when he's going like he was going. We were looking at some things in practice to get him better looks but he waved me off and said, 'Don't worry about me coach, I'll be fine.'"
-- Pacers Coach Frank Vogel on West.

THE STAT: Indiana's starters combined to shoot 29-for-48 (.604), while Atlanta's starters were 18-for-58 (.310).

TURNING POINT: Atlanta led 31-28 midway through the second quarter when West took over, scoring 10 straight Indiana points and 12 in a 15-4 run that put the Pacers ahead 43-35. Up seven at halftime, the Pacers turned to George, who scored nine in an 18-5 run that pushed the margin to 20 as the Hawks completely unraveled, missing eight of nine shots and picking up a pair of technical fouls.

QUOTABLE II: "We had to go out and earn this win and in order to do that, we had to maintain our composure throughout the game and we did not do that. We also had to play smart, and we didn't do that, either. One compounded the other and we got into kind of a me-me-me state."
-- Hawks Coach Larry Drew

GOOD MOVE: Vogel made significant changes to his second unit rotation, using Jeff Pendergraph at small forward in a big lineup that kept a physical defender on Smith while allowing George to match up with Kyle Korver. He also went with a three-guard rotation that excluded the struggling Gerald Green.

BAD MOVE: Smith picked up three quick fouls early in the third quarter and then punctuated that stretch with a technical with 7:25 remaining.

HOT: George shot 7-for-8, including both of his 3-point attempts. West was 11-for-16. Hibbert was 12-for-14 from the free throw line.

NOT: Smith was 5-for-16, Horford 5-for-14, Jeff Teague 3-for-16 and Devin Harris 3-for-9 for the Hawks, who shot .333 overall and 3-for-14 (.214) from the 3-point line.

QUOTABLE III: "This is the first time I felt we played legitimate defense in this series. We stayed in front, made them try to go over us and through us, and we kept our hands active and had a lot of deflections."
-- West

NOTABLE: The Hawks lost their eighth consecutive postseason road game. ... Indiana dominated the boards 51-28, and had 24 assists. ... Guard Lance Stephenson had a game-high 12 rebounds for Indiana. ... George Hill had a 15-point, 10-assist double-double for the Pacers. ... George had his third double-double in five games and is averaging 21.6 points and 10 rebounds in the series. ... A Fieldhouse cameraman stationed on the baseline behind the Hawks basket sustained a gash on the back of his neck when Smith tumbled into him. ... Indiana snapped a streak of 12 consecutive games allowing opponents to score at least 90 points. ... Indiana's reserves have combined to shoot 19-for-73 (.260) in the last three games. ... Teague was hit with a technical foul for shoving George on his way to the bench in the third period, and Ivan Johnson picked up a technical early in the fourth quarter. ... Every game in this series has been decided by a double-digit margin.

UP NEXT: Game 6 at Atlanta (TBD), Game 7 at Indianapolis (TBD) if necessary.