May 3, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana won 92-80. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks drop final game against the Indiana Pacers to end season


May 3, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) is blocked by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) and Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) during the second half of game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana Pacers beat Atlanta Hawks 92 to 80. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers took advantage of their home court to eliminate the Atlanta Hawks in the opening round of the playoffs in Game 7.

For the Hawks, Kyle Korver led the team scoring, with 19 points shooting 6-for-13 from the field and 5-for-10 from beyond the arc in 45 minutes. Paul Millsap, despite shooting an appalling 6-for-21 from the field, posted 15 points and nabbed  17 rebounds. Jeff Teague scored 16 points and assisted on 3 field goals but turned the ball over 5 times. Atlanta shot 44 three-pointers, which is a new NBA playoff record, and only dropped 11.

For the Pacers, it was nothing new for them to come up with big stops. Led by Paul George, the star Pacer scored a playoff career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Despite being absent while on the court recently, Roy Hibbert came up big when he was needed with 13 points, 7 rebound and 5 blocks.

Like most of the season, a momentum swing in one quarter changed the game. The 2nd quarter proved to be the Pacers time to shine. The Hawks trailed going into the 2nd half in a 11-point deficit, 36-47. But this deficit was lucky for Atlanta because of their performance in the last 10 minutes of the 2nd quarter shooting just 1-for-15 from the field.

The 2nd half was clearly for the Pacers. Indiana lead the Hawks by as many as 17 points. As soon as the Hawks cut the lead down to 10, George would answer back and Atlanta couldn’t cut the lead down to single digits.

Even though Atlanta won just 38 games during the regular season, the Hawks proved to be a tough opponent for the Pacers.

Now, Pacers will advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to face off against the Washington Wizards. The Atlanta Hawks, meanwhile, will head home.

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