Hawks leave Indy with 3-2 series lead

The Hawks scored 41 points in the second quarter and hit a 2014 playoff-high 15 three-pointers to beat the Pacers 107-97 and take a 3-2 series lead. Heading into Game 5, Atlanta was the only team in the playoffs to hit double-digit three pointers in each of its games and thanks to five Mike Scott deep-balls in the first half they were on record pace early. Atlanta finished 10-15 from beyond the arc in the first half and saw its bench outscored the Pacers’ bench 34-2.

In the second half, Atlanta’s lead extended to as much as 80-50, but the Pacers made it a ball game and brought within 10 points (99-89) with 2:12 left.

Shelvin Mack hit four free-throws in the final minute of the game and DeMarre Carroll made a dunk off of a Jeff Teague assist to close the Pacers out. The Pacers are 35-7 at home this year (the best home record in the NBA), but have lost to the Hawks 3-of-7 defeats. Mack led Atlanta with a team-high 20 points and a total of six Hawks finished in double-figures. Paul Millsap netted 18 points to go with eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists. Scott finished with 17 points after his monster second quarter and Kyle Korver added 16 points and shot 5-of-10 from long range. DeMarre Carroll chipped in 15 points and Teague added 12 points and four assists.

Atlanta hosts the Pacers for Game 6 on Thursday at 7 pm.

 

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