Pacers 107, Hawks 90

The SportsXchange

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George had a triple-double and led the Indiana Pacers to a 107-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series.

George had 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. It was just the second triple-double in Pacers playoff history. Mark Jackson had the first in 1998.

George would have broken Reggie Miller's team playoff record of 17 consecutive made free throws, but he missed on his 18th try.

George Hill scored 18 points, Roy Hibbert had 16 points and eight rebounds and Lance Stephenson and David West each added 13 points for Indiana.

Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 21 points. Josh Smith had 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Al Horford added 14 points for the Hawks.

Atlanta shot 50 percent from the field, but the Pacers outrebounded the Hawks 48-32.

Indiana led by eight at halftime and continued to play well early in the third quarter. Hibbert's running hook shot gave the Pacers a 66-53 lead.

A 3-pointer by Stephenson gave Indiana an 81-67 edge late in the third quarter, and the Pacers led 84-69 at the end of the quarter.

Atlanta closed to single digits, but Hill's 3-pointer bumped Indiana's lead back to 93-81. A reverse layup by Tyler Hansbrough made it 95-81.

Teague's 3-pointer with just under five minutes remaining trimmed Indiana's edge to 95-86.

Indiana regained control on a spectacular effort by George. He dived on the floor and tipped the ball to Stephenson to claim his 10th rebound and the triple-double. Then Stephenson found West on the baseline. West scored, was fouled and made the free throw for a 98-86 lead.

Stephenson followed with a 3-pointer, and some of the fans headed for the exits.

Atlanta opened the game on a 6-0 run, but the Pacers quickly answered with a bucket by Hibbert and a 3-pointer by Hill.

Another 3-pointer by Hill gave Indiana a 15-13 lead, and the Pacers extended the lead to six shortly thereafter. A one-handed throwdown by Stephenson got the once-dead crowd back into the game.

A power dunk and a putback by Hansbrough gave the Pacers a 31-21 lead.

The Pacers led 34-26 at the end of the first quarter. Hill scored 11 points and George had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists at that point.

The Hawks closed to four in the final minutes of the second quarter, but a breakaway two-handed dunk in the last minute of the first half pushed the lead to eight.

Teague responded with a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the first half, but George came right back with a 3-point play with 2.7 seconds left in the second quarter to bump Indiana's advantage to 58-50 at the break.

NOTES: Indiana lost five of its final six regular-season games, including four by double figures. ... Indiana won the Central Division for the first time in nine years. ... Indiana was second in the league in fewest points allowed per game at 90.7. ... George scored in single figures in two of his final four regular-season games. ... Gerald Green scored a career-high 34 points in Indiana's final regular-season game. ... Atlanta's Shelvin Mack played college ball at Butler University in Indianapolis. Teague is an Indianapolis native. ... The two teams split in the regular season, with Atlanta winning the first two games and Indiana taking the last two. ... West suffered a mild left-ankle sprain in the third quarter but returned to the game.
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