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Pacers vs. Hawks Links: Great day at Fieldhouse for Pacers in Game 1

The Pacers tipped off the playoffs with a great day on the court at off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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The Indiana Pacers put any concerns about their late-season swoon to rest with a focused and energetic effort to beat the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Not only did the Pacers show up ready to roll in the postseason but so did the fans. With an opening series against the Hawks, I heard plenty of grumblings and jokes about the expected empty seats at both arenas in the series. But the fans turned out for Game 1, selling out BLF with a text book playoff atmosphere.

I guarantee there were a few half-written stories prior to the game ready to point out the lack of Game 1 support. Click delete. The Pacers organization earned that sell out with their relentless promotion and effort to entice fans to the Fieldhouse over the past couple of years. They've taken the message to the streets with events in the community like Friday's pep rally for the downtown lunchtime crowd. Hope those front office folks felt a part of that big win in front of a big crowd yesterday because it has taken more than just good basketball to get a lot of those fans back. But yesterday they were back in far better numbers than I expected against Atlanta.

Check out the links:

Hawks at Pacers - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: Pacers 107, Hawks 90, Game 1 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

George joins elite company with epic Game 1 performance - 1070 The Fan

2013 NBA Playoffs: Paul George returns to All-Star form with triple-double in Pacers' Game 1 win | Indianapolis Star |

Pacers domination of two statistics leads to Game 1 victory... |

2013 NBA Playoffs: It may only be Game 1 but the Pacers needed this, says Bob Kravitz | Indianapolis Star |

Stephenson aces his biggest test | Pacers Blogs

George's big game leads Pacers past Atlanta 107-90 - AP

Paul George Delivers Historic Performance | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

2013 NBA Playoffs: Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough enjoys the postseason dirty work | Indianapolis Star |

Pacers Playoffs Notebook: Indiana just ready to play | Fox 59 News –

Hawks vs. Pacers, Game 1 final score: Paul George leads Indiana past Atlanta 107-90 - Peachtree Hoops

The Paul George Triple-Double Game | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Brunt: Paul George's triple-double in Pacers' win truly great - Indy Sports Legends

Larry Drew voluntarily fouled out Al Horford in Game One - Peachtree Hoops

West's Positive Leadership Not Limited to Basketball | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers: The highs and lows of Game 1 | Pacers Insider

The Indiana Pacers grab a 1-0 series lead over Atlanta, as Paul George notches a triple-double | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

George did everything he could possibly do - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

Pacers’ Paul George caps triple-double against Hawks with vicious chasedown block | The Point Forward -

Hawks vs. Pacers: Coach calls Paul George 'one of the most complete players' after triple-double -