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Recap: Hawks 83, Pacers 106
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Date: May 01, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
  

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Frank Vogel made a few simple lineup adjustments and a strong pregame pitch. It was just what the Pacers needed Wednesday night.

Indiana played more physical and more focused basketball than Atlanta, and for the first time in this best-of-seven series played defense the way Vogel has been coaching it all season. Against all that, Atlanta never had a chance.

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Veteran David West broke out of a series-long funk to score 24 points, Paul George finished with another double-double and Indiana pulled away for a 106-83 victory to take a 3-2 lead over the Hawks.

``We needed to re-establish our confidence,' said Vogel, the Pacers coach. ``We're still a young team. We needed to re-establish our ability to slow them down.'

Indiana did that and a whole lot more on a night in which it was virtually flawless.

West looked like his old self backing down defenders, then spinning away to hit his trademark step-back shots. George went making 7 of 8 shots from the field, finishing with 10 rebounds and five assists - another strong showing in a series he's dominated in Indiana's three wins.

Vogel changed the rotations, keeping some starters with the second unit to add scoring punch. And after posting the best defensive field goal percentage in the NBA this season, the Pacers finally managed to hold Atlanta under 50 percent shooting.

The blowout, Indiana's third straight at home in the playoffs, even allowed the starters to get a few extra minutes of rest.

If the Pacers end a 13-game losing streak at Atlanta on Friday, they would win this best-of-seven series and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year. Thanks to Boston, they might not even go into the next series at a substantial disadvantage after the Celtics closed to 3-2 with a stunning 92-86 win at New York.

A few days ago, Indiana didn't dare contemplate such a possibility with so much at stake against the Hawks. Now, suddenly, everything seems OK, though the home team has won every game.

``It's the playoffs. It's good that both teams know how important it is to get home victories,' George said. ``In the playoffs, it's all about what team is going to be dominant on the road. Neither team has really done that yet.'

The Hawks were the latest victim of the home-court curse on another ugly night at Indiana.

They made only four baskets during a 57-minute decisive third quarter.

Josh Smith picked up his fifth foul with 7:35 left in the third quarter and was non-factor the rest of the way. He finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Al Horford added 14 points and Devin Harris had 13.

Three players - Smith, Jeff Teague and Ivan Johnson - drew technical fouls, all on dead balls. Atlanta was called for two more technicals because of defensive 3-second calls, got outrebounded 51-28 and still had to hear Indiana fans complain that the Pacers weren't doing enough on the glass, and were outscored 36-28 in the paint.

The worst part: After losing the lead on a layup by West with 6:36 to play in the second quarter, the Hawks never mounted another serious charge. They headed home again looking for answers.

``We have to pound the ball in there to Al and Smooth (Smith) and when we get the opportunity to get in the lane try to make plays,' Teague said when asked what the Hawks must do better. ``We just have to shoot the ball better, me personally.'

That much was obvious after Wednesday's 25-of-75 performance.

But the Hawks also must figure out a way to contend with the physical Pacers, too.

``This is the first time that I felt like we've played true defense in this series,' West said. ``I thought everyone came in and stayed with the game plan in terms of being aggressive, and our hands were active and we just made plays on the defensive end.'

West scored the last six points in an 8-0 run that turned a 31-28 deficit into a 36-31 Pacers early in the second quarter lead. Indiana followed that with a 9-4 spurt to take a 45-37 lead and never trailed again.

Then the rout was on.

Indiana then opened the second half on a 12-3 run and extended the lead to 68-48 when George knocked down a 3 and George Hill followed that by hitting the free throw for Smith's technical and 19-footer on the ensuing possession. Atlanta cut the lead to 81-67 at the end of three, but the Pacers put it away with a 12-4 fourth-quarter run to that left Atlanta in a 21-point deficit. The Hawks never challenged again.

``I was just dialed in and focused; I really wanted this one tonight,' George said. ``I'm going to have the same focus on the road.'

Notes: Atlanta scored 24 points in the third quarter despite shooting just 4 of 14. ... Colts linebacker Robert Mathis, former Indiana basketball players Jeff Oliphant and Brian Evans, and former Pacers center Rik Smits all attended the game. ... Game 6 will be played in Atlanta, where the Pacers have lost 13 straight. ... The two teams have met three other times in the playoffs. Indiana has only won one of those series.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Hawks at Pacers
Sun, Apr 21 Final 90 to 107
 Recaps
GAME 2
Hawks at Pacers
Wed, Apr 24 Final 98 to 113
 Recaps
GAME 3
Pacers at Hawks
Sat, Apr 27 Final 69 to 90
 Recaps
GAME 4
Pacers at Hawks
Mon, Apr 29 Final 91 to 102
 Recaps
GAME 5
Hawks at Pacers
Wed, May 1 Final 83 to 106
 Recaps
GAME 6
Pacers at Hawks
Fri, May 3 Final 81 to 73
 Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ATL  +290   +7   188 
 IND  -350   -7   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ATL  +290   +7   188 
 IND  -350   -7   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ATL  21%   21%   68% 
 IND  79%   79%   32% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 IND 91 Over: 193 
 ATL 102 Cover: 9.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Apr 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 IND 69 Under: 159 
 ATL 90 Cover: 19 
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 Apr 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 98 Over: 211 
 IND 113 Cover: 8 
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 Apr 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 90 Over: 197 
 IND 107 Cover: 10 
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 Mar 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 94 Cover: 0.5 
 IND 100 Over: 194 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 103 Over: 217 
 IND 114 Cover: 5 
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 Dec 29, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 IND 100 Over: 209 
 ATL 109 Cover: 6.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Nov 7, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 IND 86 Cover: 1 
 ATL 89 Under: 175 
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 Oct 16, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 98 Over: 200 
 IND 102 Cover: 0.5 
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 NBA RECAPS
 Wednesday, May 1
 
    Celtics at Knicks
7:05 PM EDT
    Hawks at Pacers
8:05 PM EDT
    Rockets at Thunder
9:40 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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