Pacers regain series lead with 106-83 Game 5 win
David West scored 24 points and Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta 106-83 on Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 playoff series lead.
The Pacers have all won three home games in the best-of-seven series and are 5-0 at home this season against the Hawks. They'll go to Atlanta on Friday with a chance to clinch the best-of-seven series. But the Hawks have won 13 straight at home against the Pacers, including both games in this series.
"I think our biggest problem is we're not ourselves when we play down there, so we've got to figure that out. We'll have practice tomorrow and get down there and everybody has to be focused. We have to win down there. We want to close it out," center Roy Hibbert said.
"I don't think it's just about how we're playing in that building versus this building. I think there's been a series of moves in this series where, you know, you play your game and if something works, or something doesn't work, you make an adjustment. Their adjustments, give (Hawks head coach) Larry Drew credit, changed the series a little bit down there. Hopefully we changed it back into our momentum and hopefully we can get Game 6," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.
Atlanta was led by Josh Smith and Al Horford, who each had 14 points. And it was every bit as ugly as the Hawks' first two double-digit losses in Indy.
"We did what we were supposed to do, take care of the home court. But it doesn't mean anything if we don't go to Atlanta and win the next game. We have to enjoy it tonight, but get focused and I think we need to go into Atlanta like we never played there before and the all-time record is 0-0," said George Hill.
Indiana took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and opened the third period on a 12-3 run to make it 62-46. The Pacers put it away when the Hawks lost their composure.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)