Pacers to have George for Game 7 against Hawks

MICHAEL MAROT (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
No-name Hawks getting it done vs top-seeded Pacers
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Indiana Pacers' Paul George reacts during the first half in Game 5 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks Monday, April 28, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George got the best birthday news he could have hoped for Friday - he will play in Game 7 against Atlanta.

There was some question as to whether the All-Star starter would be suspended after he took two steps off the bench and toward an altercation between George Hill and Mike Scott just before halftime Thursday night. League officials decided not to punish George, Hill, Scott, Pacers backup Rasual Butler or any of the Hawks players who also stepped onto the playing floor.

Both teams should be as close to 100 percent as possible for the series Indiana evened at 3-3 with a win in Atlanta.

The Pacers are trying to avoid becoming just the sixth top seed to lose in the first round of the playoffs.