- POSTED: 27 Apr 2014 05:53
Paul George scored 24 points, including a late 3-pointer in a key Indiana run, and the Pacers beat Atlanta 91-88 on Saturday to level their NBA playoff series.
ATLANTA: Paul George scored 24 points, including a late 3-pointer in a key Indiana run, and the Pacers beat Atlanta 91-88 Saturday to level their NBA playoff series.
David West added 18 points and George Hill contributed 15 while George also grabbed 10 rebounds as visiting Indiana deadlocked the best-of-seven opening-round matchup at two wins each.
The top-seeded Pacers, who have a home-court edge throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, will play host to game five on Monday with game six back in Atlanta on Thursday.
An 11-2 Pacers run capped by 3-pointers from George and West gave Indiana a four-point edge with 90 seconds remaining.
George missed two late free throws with a chance to boost Indiana's final margin but Macedonian big man Pero Antic missed a potential tying 3-pointer for the Hawks at the final buzzer.
Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 29 points while Kyle Korver added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who outscored Indiana 26-13 in the second quarter on the way to a 48-42 half-time lead.