Pacers fall to Atlanta in Game 4, series even 2-2
The Atlanta Hawks have tied their playoff series with Indiana at two games apiece.
Josh Smith scored 29 points Monday night to lead Atlanta to a 102-91 win over the Pacers. The Hawks had built a 17-point lead at halftime, then held off the rallying Pacers in the second half.
"I thought they took control of the game in that second quarter again. So we're fighting uphill, fighting that battle of expending a lot of energy trying to get back in the game. I thought we had opportunities in the third quarter," said David West.
Paul George led the comeback attempt, scoring 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half.
"We're not shaken, no, no. That's just been our Achilles heel, is playing well on the road. It's nothing that they did to get us out of how we play, we're just not doing it on the road, simple as that," George said.
Smith kept Atlanta on top down the stretch. He made a rare 3-pointer, grabbed an offensive rebound to set up another 3-pointer from Kyle Korver and finished a fast break with a dunk.
"That's a great Atlanta team over there. We knew it's not going to be an easy series and we knew they wasn't going to lay down, it's always tough for us to play here. The good thing is we have two more games and the home court, if necessary," George Hill said.
Game 5 is Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Game 6 returns to Atlanta on Friday. Game times have yet to be announced.