Pacers Playoffs Links: Pacers come back to life to even series with Hawks

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the story of their demise ready to be written, the Pacers came to life with an exceptional effort in the second half of Game 2 to even up their series with the Hawks.

The vultures were circling around the Fieldhouse on Tuesday night and when the Pacers went to the break down four points, they were down to their last gasp of the season.

Then they took in a deep breath and threw an early-December-esque third quarter ambush at the Hawks that sucked the life and confidence out of the visitors to even up the series.

Paul George set the tone with his effort in the first half, but the Hawks were still confounding the Pacers by making half of their shots including eight of 16 from behind the arc. That all changed in the second half when the Pacers scrambling defense took the Hawks out of their comfort zone and saw them shoot under 30 percent for the half and make just two of 13 three balls.

The Pacers altered their lineup with George Hill and C.J. Watson playing together while Luis Scola lobbed in rainbow setter after rainbow setter. On the bench, Roy Hibbert was the first up to cheer on his guys and when PG drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the devastating third quarter, the whole bench mobbed the young star on the court.

Nope. The Pacers are not dead.

Among the links today is a revealing story from Adrian Wojnarowski who reports on a practice fight between Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson last Friday, prior to Game 1. Honestly, these two scrapping it out would be the least of my worries for this team and I'd actually lean toward it being a healthy release of anxiety. If it was David West and Paul George or Roy Hibbert, then I'd be concerned.

I have a feeling Woj was in town to write the eulogy to deliver for the Pacers' season with the fight as symbol for the team running into the ground. But then the third quarter happened which surely led to some heavy editing. Now the final story on the Pacers' season remains to be written as the Pacers try to take the effort they delivered on Tuesday with them on the road and prove that one half wasn't a fluke.

Check out the links:

Hawks at Pacers - Box score

Pacers fight each other on eve of playoffs, finally take swing at Hawks in Game 2 - Yahoo Sports

Game Rewind: Pacers 101, Hawks 85, Game 2 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Radio Highlights: Pacers 101, Hawks 85 | Pacers Blogs

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room 140422 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers Dig Out | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Hill Plays His Game | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Trouble looms, but Pacers beat Hawks 101-85 to even series - CBSSports.com

After internal strife, Pacers take fight to Hawks - 1070 The Fan

Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series - AP

Kravitz: This is what desperation looks like - Indy Star

Paul George saves Pacers with dominant performance - Indy Star

Hawks vs Pacers Game 2 final score: Atlanta collapses in 101-85 loss to Indiana - Peachtree Hoops

Pacers 101, Hawks 85 | www.ajc.com

Three keys to Hawks' Game 2 loss | Atlanta Hawks | www.ajc.com

Paul George drills buzzer-beating 3 to cap big 3rd quarter as Pacers beat Hawks, tie series (Video) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

Post-Game Grades: Indiana Annihilates Atlanta - 8 Points, 9 Seconds

TheJayGravesReport.com: The Response (The REAL reason the Pacers were able to blast the Hawks in Game 2)

NBA Playoff scores, results and highlights from Tuesday's action: The Wizards do it again - SBNation.com

Good morning, it's the great and powerful Wizards - SBNation.com

NBA Playoffs Winners and Losers, So Far " Grantland

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