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Recap: Pacers 81, Hawks 73
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Date: May 03, 2013 7:00 PM EDT
  

ATLANTA (AP) - The Indiana Pacers packed for an extended trip.

Good call.

George Hill and David West each scored 21 points and the Pacers withstood a furious Atlanta comeback in the fourth quarter, beating the Hawks 81-73 on Friday night to close out the opening-round playoff series four games to two.

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After snapping a 13-game losing streak in Atlanta dating to December 2006, Indiana headed off to New York to take on the Knicks in the first two games of the conference semifinals. The opener is Sunday at Madison Square Garden, an itinerary the Pacers prepared for by packing for a possible six days on the road.

``Quick turnaround,' said Indiana's Roy Hibbert, who led a dominating Pacers performance on the boards. ``Enjoy tonight on the plane ride, get to New York, get something good in our bellies if stuff is still open.'

New York finished off the Celtics 88-80 shortly after the horn sounded at Philips Arena. The Pacers were certainly glad they didn't have to return to Indianapolis for a decisive game against the Hawks.

``It's nice to be able to get it done here,' Hibbert said. ``We showed a lot of resolve when the other team made their run.'

The home team had won every game until the Hawks returned to Atlanta and set a franchise playoff record with just nine points in the second quarter on 1-of-15 shooting. The defense broke down in the third, allowing Hill and West to combine for 22 points, and the Pacers built a 65-50 lead going to the fourth.

To their credit, the Hawks showed plenty of heart, slicing Indiana's lead to 76-73 on Al Horford's dunk with 2:13 remaining.

But the comeback fizzled. Atlanta didn't score again, setting up what figures to be a tumultuous offseason.

The Hawks have only three players who are definitely under contract for next season - Horford is the lone starter in the group - and it seems likely this will be a much different team next season. Plus, they very well could have a new coach. Larry Drew was in the final year of his contract, and general manager Danny Ferry figures to want his own man in the post as he heads to his second season.

Longtime stalwart Josh Smith, an Atlanta native who has played for the team ever since he was drafted out of high school eight seasons ago, is among those heading into free agency.

``There's plenty of time to think about what the future presents,' Smith said. ``I'm not really concerned about that right now.'

If that's it for Smith in Atlanta, he missed his final shot.

How fitting on a night when the Hawks made only 26 of 78 (33 percent). Horford led with 15 points, while Smith and Devin Harris finished with 14.

Indiana bullied the Hawks much of the game, overcoming their own poor shooting (32 of 76) by bullying Atlanta in the lane. The Pacers finished with a staggering 53-35 lead on the boards.

Hibbert added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Lance Stephenson also had 11 rebounds.

Over the final two games of the series, the Pacers absolutely manhandled the Hawks on the glass, piling up a 104-63 rebounding edge.

``I'm very proud of our guys to come in here, a tough place to win,' coach Frank Vogel said. ``A particularly tough place for us to win. It's good to end that streak. But more importantly, it's good to advance and show the type of toughness you need to make a deep playoff run. To win with defense and rebounding, that's been our identity all year, and that was the key to the last two victories.'

The Hawks went through an absolutely brutal stretch from early in the second quarter to nearly midway through the third, in which they did not actually put the ball in the hoop.

In the equivalent of more than a quarter - 15:43 to be exact - Atlanta went 1 of 21 from the field, the only basket awarded to Harris on a goaltending call against Hibbert.

At a time when the Hawks needed one of their best performances of the season, they produced one of their worst.

``I wouldn't have believed it,' Smith said. ``We just couldn't get it going offensively.'

The Hawks couldn't play much worse than they did in the second quarter. They showed little energy. They put up some truly awful shots. They missed even when they got a decent look.

Kyle Korver made the Hawks' only basket of the period on a jumper with 10:35 left. After that, they missed their last 13 shots before heading to the locker room to a round of boos from the home crowd.

If not for Indiana having their own offensive issues - the Pacers made only 36.6 percent (15 of 41) - the game would've been a blowout. As it was, the Hawks trailed just 37-29.

Perhaps the most telling sequence for both teams came late in the second. Jeff Teague fumbled away the ball out near the top of the key without being challenged. Indiana's D.J. Augustin took off the other way on an apparent layup, but only to throw up a wild shot that struck the bottom of the backboard. The Hawks followed up with such a pathetic offensive set that 7-footer Johan Petro wound up shooting a 3-pointer just ahead of the shot clocked.

It missed.

So did just about everything else the Hawks put up in the first half.

Atlanta's offensive woes shifted to the defensive end in the third quarter. The Hawks continually got lost on switches, at one point leaving Hill totally alone on a 3-pointer. He knocked down the shot and Harris looked around, his arms in the air wondering what was happening to his team.

The Hawks showed some resilience in their final quarter of the season.

But they expended so much energy wiping out a deficit that had been as high as 19 points, there was nothing left at the end. Horford's rim-hanging dunk was their final basket.

While clearly seeming to sense his three-year run in Atlanta is over, Drew said he was proud of a team that many felt would have trouble making the playoffs after trading away All-Star Joe Johnson and bringing in a bunch of guys in the final year of their contracts.

Even the coach knew he was a lame duck, having the option on his contact picked up last summer but not getting an extension.

``I'm really, really proud of my group,' said Drew, who has led the Hawks to three straight playoff appearances but was eliminated in the first round the last two years. ``When you've got 11 or 12 guys on one-year deals, and the coach is in his last year, it could've gone either way. But we hung in there and stuck with it.'

Notes: Atlanta G Teague has an awful finish to the series, going 3 of 16 in Game 5, and 3 of 12 in the deciding contest. ... Hibbert had his first double-double of the series. ... The Hawks finally shot well from the free-throw line (18 of 20) after struggling much of the series. Unfortunately, they couldn't score consistently from anywhere else. ... Hawks F Ivan Johnson was whistled for a technical for the second game in a row. Indiana's Jeff Pendergraph also picked up a T.

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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 
 IND  -105   +1   186 
 ATL  -115   -1   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 IND  +100   +1.5   186.5 
 ATL  -120   -1.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 IND  69%   38%   48% 
 ATL  31%   62%   52% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 May 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 83 Over: 189 
 IND 106 Cover: 16 
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 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 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Apr 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 98 Over: 211 
 IND 113 Cover: 8 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Apr 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 90 Over: 197 
 IND 107 Cover: 10 
 Tools:   Recaps
 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 
 Tools:   Recaps
 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
 Friday, May 3
 
    Pacers at Hawks
7:05 PM EDT
    Knicks at Celtics
7:10 PM EDT
    Clippers at Grizzlies
9:35 PM EDT
    Thunder at Rockets
9:50 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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