Paul George was huge...again. The bench was monstrous.
But the Pacers also won the point guard matchup in Game 2 where a pair of Indianapolis natives had a nice battle going throughout the game. Former Pike star, Jeff Teague was leading Atlanta's effort to attack the Pacers in the paint to start the game. He was fantastic, scoring 16 first-half points and joining forces with Devin Harris to keep the Hawks hanging around.
But George Hill won the second half big as the Pacers made the perimeter more appealing for Teague and the Hawks in the second half. The result was no more points for Teague while Hill scored 17 of his 22 points after the break including a back-breaking, second-chance three-pointer with six minutes remaining to put the Pacers up 17 and kill what remained of Atlanta's will on Wednesday night.
Hill has lived up to his part of the bargain as the Pacers X-factor and when the blue and gold get that type of production from Hill while winning the rebound battle (47-41) and only turning the ball over 10 times, they are simply going to win.
Check out the links:
Hawks at Pacers - Box score and highlights
Game Rewind: Pacers 113, Hawks 98, Game 2 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Pacers handle Hawks' physical approach, lead series 2-0 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Is it too early for Pacers fans to break out the brooms? - 1070 The Fan
Bob Kravitz: Pacers' Game 2 win seals fate for punchless Hawks | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers notebook: Paul George, Roy Hibbert finish low in defensive award voting | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers Look to Stay the Course, Break a Streak | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Hibbert Posterizes Johnson | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Gerald Green's Monster Slam | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Pacers Playoffs Notebook: Paul George knows "The Secret" | Fox 59 News – fox59.com
Repeat effort against the Hawks helps the Pacers go up 2-0 | Fox 59 News – fox59.com
George leads Pacers past Hawks 113-98 for 2-0 lead - AP
Pacers take 2-0 series lead over Hawks | www.ajc.com
Hawks look like they’re near the end | www.myajc.com
Pacers: There’s another George (not named Paul) contributing in the series | Pacers Insider
Hawks vs. Pacers: Moment of truth arrives for Atlanta - Peachtree Hoops
Indiana rolls to a 2-0 series lead, as the Atlanta Hawks made all the wrong moves all over again | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
Post-Game Grades: Pacers Dominate Hawks to Take 2-0 Series Lead | 8 Points, 9 Seconds
Takeaways From the Pacers’ First Two Playoff Games | Pacers Blogs
Pacers bench steps up in Game 2 victory over Hawks - SBNation.com
Pacers using offense to throttle Atlanta - Indy Sports Legends
Gerald Green (on Josh Smith), Roy Hibbert have huge dunks for Pacers (VIDEOS) | ProBasketballTalk