The Indiana Pacers were able to punish the Atlanta Hawks at both ends of the floor in their Game 5 win on Wednesday night. While the defense once again resembled the league-leading version that played for the bulk of the regular season, the success of David West and Roy Hibbert at the offensive end seemed to free the minds of the rest of the team to focus on their roles and not worry about carrying the load.
West and Hibbert combined for 30 first-half points with Hibbert scoring 10 in the first quarter and West backing him up with 12 of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter. That effort allowed the Pacers to overcome eight first-quarter turnovers and get into a groove at both ends of the floor.
While Frank Vogel tinkered with his defensive matchups throughout the game to varying degrees of success, everything was working thanks to Hibbert and West making their presence known.
The win sets up a great opportunity for the Pacers to rise up and put an end to their woeful play in Atlanta while clinching a first-round series win in the process.
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