Pacers Smother Hawks to Advance to 2nd Round
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Pacers held the Atlanta Hawks to 30 percent shooting from the field, and Paul George scored a playoff career-high 30 points to help the Pacers down the Hawks 92-80 in Game 7 Saturday, sending Indiana into the second round of the playoffs.
"We had a good number of very good looks, good opportunities, and that's a big part of the game," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "You have to make some shots, and tonight we weren't able to do it at the rate that we needed to."
Roy Hibbert, who has struggled all series, got on track playing 31 minutes, scoring 13 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking five in the series-clincher.
"I knew shots were eventually going to fall," Hibbert said. "My teammates believed in me and we fed off of each other."
Paul Millsap had 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks, which were trying to become the sixth team to beat a top-seed in the first round of the playoffs in the present 16-team playoff format.
Lance Stephenson had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, which now advances to play Washington in the second round.
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