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Indiana
vs. Atlanta
What: NBA playoffs, first round
Series (best-of-7): Pacers lead 3-2
April 22: Indiana 107, Atlanta 90
April 24: Indiana 113, Atlanta 98
April 27: Atlanta 90, Indiana 69
April 29: Atlanta 102, Indiana 91
May 1: Indiana 106, Atlanta 83
Friday: at Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Sunday: at Indiana, TBA*
* if necessary
Associated Press
Indiana’s Paul George scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Wednesday night in Indianapolis as the Pacers took a 3-2 lead in their playoff series with the Hawks.
Indiana 106, Atlanta 83

Back home again: Indiana goes up 3-2

Associated Press
Indiana’s George Hill shoots a layup past Atlanta’s Ivan Johnson in the second half Tuesday night.

– David West scored 24 points and Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta 106-83 on Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 playoff series lead.

The Pacers have all won three home games in the best-of-seven series and are 5-0 at home this season against the Hawks.

They’ll go to Atlanta on Friday with a chance to clinch the best-of-seven series. But the Hawks have won 13 straight at home against the Pacers, including both games in this series.

Atlanta was led by Josh Smith and Al Horford, who each had 14 points. And it was every bit as ugly as the Hawks’ first two double-digit losses in Indianapolis.

Indiana took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run to make it 62-46. The Pacers put it away when the Hawks lost their composure.

On an ugly night that included 18 fouls during a 57-minute third quarter, three technical fouls for defensive three-second violations, three more technical on Hawks players – Smith, Jeff Teague and Ivan Johnson – and yet another on Pacers coach Frank Vogel, everything was exhilarating for an Indiana team that reverted to its old style.

Indiana was the more physical team all night, outrebounding Atlanta 15-5 in the first quarter, 26-13 in the first half and 51-28 for the game. The Pacers outscored the Hawks 36-28 in the paint.

West led the charge by scoring 10 of 11 points during a key second-quarter stretch. George was nearly flawless, making 7 of 8 shots and finishing with 10 rebounds and five assists.

And for the first time in the series, Atlanta shot less than 50 percent from the field.

The Hawks were just 25 of 75 for 33.3 percent.

Not surprisingly, the game looked more like the first two – both Pacers blowouts – than the last two, both Hawks wins.

After a back-and-forth start that featured six lead changes and two ties in the first quarter, the Pacers took command midway through the second. West scored the last six points in an 8-0 run that turned a 31-28 deficit into a 36-31 Pacers lead. Indiana followed that with a 9-4 spurt to take a 45-37 lead and never trailed again.

Indiana then opened the second half on the 12-3 run and extended the lead to 68-48 when George knocked down a three and George Hill made the free throw after Smith’s technical, then knocked down a 19-footer. Atlanta cut the lead to 81-67 at the end of three, but the Pacers used a 12-4 run to build a 21-point fourth-quarter lead.

The Hawks never challenged again.

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