The Indiana Pacers failed to take advantage with their opportunity o regain home court advantage, falling in Game 3 to the Atlanta Hawks 98-85. The Pacers could never gain control of the game, playing from behind all night, holding only a pair of one point leads late in the second and early in the third. The Hawks shot just 30% in the first half, but a healthy free throw advantage gave them the halftime advantage, and they turned just two first half threes into six third quarter threes to gain control of the game to win Game 3 and take a 2-1 series advantage.
The Pacers were able to trim a 12 point lead multiple times in the fourth, but couldn't make enough plays to push it any closer than four. A pair of huge plays down the stretch, including a Jeff Teague prayer while being out of bounds helped pile things against the Pacers, who fell apart late. The Hawks were 12-34 from beyond the arc on the night, but got the biggest difference at the free throw line, with a 30-37 to 16-21 advantage against the Pacers. Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 22 and 13 rebounds, Paul George had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Game 4 is Saturday afternoon.