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Hawks pull off Game 1 upset

Game 1: Teague shoots and scores
Game 1: Teague shoots and scores
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The Atlanta Hawks may have entered the postseason with the worst record among all playoff teams at 38-44, but that was not on their mind Saturday night. What was on the Hawks' mind, as the NBA playoffs got underway, was their beat-down of the Indiana Pacers just two weeks ago at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With that 19-point win fresh in their minds, the Hawks were hoping that they could recreate the performance that helped get them into the playoffs.

The Hawks struggled at first, but opened up a 20-point lead over Indiana in the third quarter. Despite a late rally, the Hawks cruised to a 101-93 victory in Game 1 of their first-round series over the Pacers to swipe home-court advantage from the top team in the East.

Jeff Teague was spectacular, with 28 points and five assists. With Kyle Korver, Pero Antic, and Paul Millsa[ spacing the floor out with decent long range shooting, Teague was able to take control with several drives right through the heart of the Pacers' defense, while the Hawks nailed 11 three-pointers.

Milllsap finished with 25 points and eight rebounds. Antic had eight points and seven rebounds, but made two three pointers as the Hawks were able to get Roy Hibbert and David West stretched out of position for Teague's slashing efforts. DeMarre Carroll also had a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Indiana was no better on the offensive end. After fighting to a 50-50 tie at halftime, the Pacers made just 5 of 19 shots in the third quarter and shot just 35.6% from the floor in the second half. The frustration continued after the game, as the Pacers watched homecourt advantage disappear in 48 minutes after spending 82 grueling games to clinch it. All-Star Paul George (24 points, 10 rebounds) called it "frustrating" while Hibbert called tomorrow's Game 2 a "must-win" for his suddenly vulnerable team.

The Hawks, though, continue to surpass the low expectations everyone has had all season. Now, they can really upset the NBA playoff picture. Game 2 tips off tomorrow night at 7:00 PM EDT.

Game 1: Teague shoots and scores
Game 1: Teague shoots and scores Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Game 1: Teague shoots and scores

Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks goes up for the layup against the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2014 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Teague finished with a game-high 28 points and five assists. 

Game 1: Pacers' shooting disappears
Game 1: Pacers' shooting disappears Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

Game 1: Pacers' shooting disappears

Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers looks to pass the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the East Conference Quarter Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. George had 24 points, but made just 6 of 18 shots from the floor as Indiana made only 35% of its shots in the second half.

Game 1: Hawks making it from deep
Game 1: Hawks making it from deep Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Game 1: Hawks making it from deep

Shelvin Mack #8 of the Atlanta Hawks drives baseline against the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2014 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. IN 14 minutes off the bench, Mack had eight points and three assists, but made two three-pointers as Atlanta hit 11 treys in the game.

Game 1: Carroll drives the lane
Game 1: Carroll drives the lane Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Game 1: Carroll drives the lane

DeMarre Carroll also typified the Hawks' inside-outside approach in Game 1. Carroll hit two treys for the Hawks, and was then able to take advantage when the Pacers spread the floor to stop the outside game. Carroll had 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

Game 1: Turner helps off bench
Game 1: Turner helps off bench Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

Game 1: Turner helps off bench

Evan Turner #12 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the East Conference Quarter Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Turner made 4 of 6 off the bench, but the rest of the bench made just 3 of 12 shots while the starters faded in the second half as well. 

Game 1: Stephenson drives
Game 1: Stephenson drives Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Game 1: Stephenson drives

Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers goes up for the layup against the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2014 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Stephenson (19 points, 3-6 from deep) and George were the Pacers' only starters to get much of anything going against the Hawks - and even they struggled to find the rim.

Game 1: Antic and West jaw
Game 1: Antic and West jaw Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Game 1: Antic and West jaw

Pero Antic #6 of the Atllanta Hawks and David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Antic had eight points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes, while West had eight points and three rebounds in 29 minutes. Antic, though, had two treys in the game while West made just four of ten shots.

Game 1: Hibbert downcast
Game 1: Hibbert downcast Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Game 1: Hibbert downcast

Roy Hibbert #55 of the the Indiana Pacers walks with his head down after a foul in the 101 -93 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A dejected Hibbert had just eight points and eight rebounds - and five personal fouls - in the Pacers' Game 1 loss.