Second-year pro Mike Scott, a forward from Virginia, hit a
playoff-career-high five 3-pointers and guard Kyle Korver also hit
five as the Hawks defeated Indiana 107-97 to bring the top-seeded
Pacers to the brink of elimination in Game 5 of their first-round
Eastern Conference playoff series.
The Hawks hit 15-of-27 3-pointers, beating the franchise playoff
record for 3-pointers by three. Nine of them came in the second
quarter when Atlanta outscored Indiana 41-19, and left the Pacers
facing a shower of boos from their home fans. They also face
elimination by the No. 8-seeded Hawks if the Pacers do not win the
next two games.
"We took some tough shots and made some tough shots," said Scott,
who scored 17 points, a career playoff high. "It gives you
confidence when they're going in."
Scott did not miss a shot in the second quarter, hitting six in a
row and all five of his 3- pointers. His previous playoff bests were
12 points and one 3-pointer.
"If you could explain it, you would bottle it up," Hawks coach Mike
Budenholzer said. "All coaches wonder. Obviously, I think it helps
when you see the ball go in the basket on your first shot. You
develop a little bit of confidence. He's somebody that we have a lot
of trust in, a lot of confidence in."
The Hawks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, and they can clinch the
series by winning Game 6 on Thursday night at Phillips Arena in
"We've got to go down and steal one," said Pacers forward Paul
George, who scored a game-high 26 points and had a game-high 12
rebounds. "And win two games in a row."
If the Pacers win Thursday, the deciding seventh game would be
played Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Forward Shelvin Mack led Atlanta with 20 points. Forward Paul
Millsap scored 18. Scott came off the bench to score 17. Korver
Mack and Scott led a 45-point performance by Atlanta's bench. Five
Indiana players off the bench combined for 23 points.
"I thought in the second quarter we played with great pace," Mack
said. "We had fresh legs."
Indiana had never given up 15 3-pointers in the regular season or
"We had a couple of breakdowns in coverage, but we didn't have nine
of them," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said.
"We're fighting for our lives," Pacers forward David West said.
"It's just really disappointing."
West and starting guards Lance Stephenson and George Hill each added
Atlanta is trying to become the first No. 8 seed to win a playoff
series since the Philadelphia 76ers knocked out the Chicago Bulls in
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The Pacers will attempt to avoid a first-round knockout for the
first time since 2011, when the Chicago Bulls eliminated them in
Down by one point after the first quarter, the Hawks put the game
away with a 25-4 run that was fueled by a 3-point shooting clinic.
The Hawks hit eight 3-pointers in the second quarter alone. They hit
13-of-16 shots in the quarter.
The Hawks led by 21 points at halftime, expanded the lead to 30
midway through the third quarter and were never seriously threatened
Indiana center Roy Hibbert was on the bench less than six minutes
into the game after missing the only shot he took and not getting
any rebounds. He did return to the lineup in the second quarter, but
finished with zero points and zero rebounds in more than 12 minutes.
Those are numbers Hibbert had never seen in a playoff game.
At one point in the third quarter, the Pacers covered the paint with
forward David West and rarely used forward Chris Copeland.
Will there be a lineup change for Indiana on Thursday night?
"Consider anything at this point," Vogel said.
NOTES: Atlanta G Kyle Korver moved into sixth place on the club's
all-time playoff 3-point list when he hit a 3-pointer in the second
quarter. It was his 23rd career 3-pointer in the playoffs. ... The
Hawks have hit at least 10 3-pointers in each of the first five
games of the series, totaling 59. ... Indiana F Paul George had a
double-double in each of the first five games, leading all players
in the NBA playoffs. Before Monday, he had also logged 159 minutes
of playing time, 17 more minutes than the second-most used player,
Atlanta F Paul Millsap. Millsap logged 39 minutes Monday, and George
played 43 minutes... Former Pacers coach Jack Ramsey died Monday. He
led the Pacers to their first playoff victory in 1987 over the
Atlanta Hawks. A moment of silence was held in his memory prior to
Monday's game. "I knew he was a great coach, but once I got to know
him, he was a better man," Donnie Walsh, current Pacers consultant,
said in a statement.
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