Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Philips Arena
Game Rewind: Pacers 85, Hawks 98 Game 3
Scott Agness | April 24, 2014
As has been case in all three games in this best-of-seen series, the third quarter proved to be the difference. The Hawks got off to an 11-4 start in the third, outscored the Pacers by eight in the period and made 6-of-12 shots beyond the arc. The Pacers trailed for the majority of the game and never won a quarter in a 98-85 loss Thursday night at Philips Arena.
The Pacers, who dropped behind 2-1 in the First Round series, thought they found something in Game 2 with various matchups. After a poor shooting half for both teams – really all game – the Hawks converted 3-point shots and received nearly double the amount of opportunities at the foul line (37 to 21). The Pacers led for less than a minute in the second half and were outplayed to the final buzzer.
Atlanta opened up a 7-2 lead at the 8:24 mark of the first quarter, at which point Paul George had to check out with two personal fouls and a pair of turnovers. Point guard Jeff Teague was the only Hawks player with multiple field goals in the quarter and he helped them to an 8-2 spurt. The Pacers’ workhorse, David West, had eight of their final 13 points as they ended the period on a 9-2 run to even things up at 24. West played all 12 minutes and had 10 points, more than he had in each of the first two games.
It was an ugly second quarter for both teams. They combined for 29 points on 11-of-40 shooting, including 2-for-14 from outside. Just before the break, Indiana took its first lead, 38-37, on a jumper from West. Paul Millsap, who tallied 10 first-half points, nailed two free throws to give the home team a 39-38 halftime edge.
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Both teams had reasons to believe a more efficient second half would result in a win, particularly the Pacers, who got nothing offensively from George in the first two quarters.
In this one, the Hawks dictated the third quarter and in turn, came out victorious. They challenged the Pacers, who did not reciprocate with the same kind of effort. The Hawks attacked, drawing defenders, and then found the open man. On the night, they assisted on 21 of 28 made field goals. After a scoreless first half, George scored nine of his 12 points in the third but the Pacers entered the fourth down by nine, 67-58.
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For the second consecutive game, forward Luis Scola brought life to the team off the bench. He accounted for 12 of Indiana’s first 17 points in the final period, capped off by a layup to trim its deficit to four with 6:28 left. Later, with under three minutes to play, Jeff Teague hit an acrobatic 3-pointer to beat the shot clock, but he stepped out before doing so. The officials didn’t catch it in live action and couldn’t review it because it was outside of two minutes. That shot, which put the Hawks up nine, essentially sealed the win.
The Pacers have one day to review film and make key adjustments to their rotation to improve their offensive efficiency. It’s critical for the Pacers to take Game 4 on Saturday so that they don’t return to Indy in a 3-1 series hole and having to win every one of the final three games.
Inside the Numbers
Lance Stephenson played a game-high 41 minutes and led the Pacers with 21 points and 13 rebounds, which ties his playoff career-high, for the third double-double of his playoff career. Luis Scola hit 7-of-11 shots and contributed 17 points. David West finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Paul George was scoreless in the first half and finished with 12 points (on 3-of-11 shooting) and 14 rebounds, equaling his playoff career-best. George Hill and Roy Hibbert struggled offensively, each scoring four points on a combined 3-for-20 shooting.
A well-balanced attack carried the Hawks to victory. Jeff Teague scored 22 points (on 20 field goal attempts) and dished out 10 assists. Kyle Korver, who managed just three points in Game 2, hit four 3-pointers and tallied 20 points. DeMarre Carroll scored 18 and Paull Millsap added 14 points and 14 rebounds.
The Hawks scored 18 fast-break points, more than they scored in the first two games combined (14).
Indiana’s handles weren’t great, with all five starters giving it away at least two times each. Atlanta made Indiana pay, with 20 points off its 13 turnovers.
“I just thought they played with more energy. They were attacking relentlessly and just caught us in a lot of scrambles. We weren’t dialed in.” – Paul George
“Obviously the difference in the second half was giving up 10 threes. And obviously allowing a team to go to the line 37 times won’t bode well for you. We’ve got to defend without fouling.” – Frank Vogel
“We'll look at everything, but I can't say that right now. He hasn't played well in the series to his point, but I've got great confidence in him. We'll keep working him and keep trying to figure it out. We'll see. He's our anchor. We won 56 games with him as our starter. That's the simplest answer.” – Frank Vogel on whether he’ll stick with Roy Hibbert in the starting lineup
“We’re fine. We have a few guys who wear their emotions on their sleeves, so a lot of times what you see is not necessarily what’s going on inside.” – David West
“What they said was that if you step out of bounds, and then step back in bounds and shoot it, they’re looking at the last step. So even though (Jeff) Teague was out of bounds with his first step, his second step was back in bounds. It’s a messed up rule, but that’s what they told us.” – David West on what the officials said about Jeff Teague’s late 3-pointer
Stat of the Game
The Hawks stepped to the free throw line 37 times, hitting 30 of them, whereas the Pacers went 16-of-21 — a difference of 14 points.
- The Pacers are 1-2 this season in games played at Philips Arena.
- Luis Scola and Mike Scott were given a double technical in the second quarter.
- Atlanta has held its opponents below 100 points in 14 consecutive home playoff games.
Game 4: Saturday, Apr. 26 at 2 p.m. EST