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Pacers Links: Pacers hold on for win against Hawks

A fun game turned frightening for the Pacers before they secured a much-needed win over the Hawks.

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Just as the Indiana Pacers exhaled with what appeared to be an insurmountable lead over the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter, Atlanta coach Larry Drew put the last five guys on his bench out on the floor. Yep, time for a classic garbage-time fourth quarter.

Only problem was that the Hawks' end of the bench came out ready to play and took advantage of the Pacers relaxed pulse rate. Next thing you know, the lead is down to four points and the Pacers have a dire situation on their hands. Much credit to Drew for sticking with his bench crew after Frank Vogel sent his starters (well, what starters he had due to injuries) back on the floor. The whole scene made for an odd finish that mucked up the narrative of what had been an entertaining game fueled by seldom-used Pacers stepping up to earn the win.

Regardless, all's well that ends well as the once 28-point lead did prove to be insurmountable and the Pacers held on for a win that nudged them back into second place in the East, at least for one day, as they hit the road to take on a few Western Conference foes.

Check out the links:

Hawks at Pacers - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: Pacers 100, Hawks 94 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers hold off Hawks 100-94 despite short-handed lineup | Indianapolis Star |

Injuries Just an Opportunity for the Pacers | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers nearly blow big lead, hang on to beat Hawks | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Reaction From Gerald Green’s 3-pointer | Pacers Blogs

Hawks nearly erase 28-point deficit in loss to Pacers |

Hawks vs. Pacers Final Score: Pacers 100, Hawks 94 - Peachtree Hoops

Short-handed Pacers hold off Hawks 100-94 - AP

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Try Hard But Don’t Lose to Hawks | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

NBA playoff picture: Pacers pick up win to move ahead of Knicks -

Top NBA Free Agents for 2013 -