The Indiana Pacers came into Game 2 with a lot of doubt on Tuesday night. However, Paul George finally had enough after going into halftime with a four point deficit. The All-star forward scored 27 points to lead Indiana to a 101-85 victory over the eighth seeded Atlanta Hawks.
If this is the Indiana we’ll see throughout the rest of the playoffs, the report of their demise might have been premature. George didn’t just score the ball for the Pacers. He played an all around game that had the NBA world going gaga in the first three months of the season. In addition to his 27 points, he recorded 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
In the first half, things weren’t going as planned for the Pacers. After falling behind early, Atlanta started slicing the defense with dribble drives and ball movement. The crowd was silent midway through the second quarter and you could feel the tension in the air.
The unsung hero that kept Indiana in the game was Luis Scola. His top of the key jump shot was money all night as he answered time and again in the second quarter. Scola finished with 20 points and seven rebounds on (9-14) shooting.
Roy Hibbert was still not a factor for the Pacers with Atlanta’s style of play. Hibbert scored six points and grabbed four rebounds, while shooting (1-7). Indiana made it a priority to get the ball to the big man in the first half.
For Atlanta, they lost their chance to put a chokehold on the series, but they go back home with the series tied at one.
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 19 points.
George Hill scored all 15 points in the second half for the Pacers.
Indiana out rebounded Atlanta 38-31.
Atlanta only had four double digit scorers.
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