The Indiana Pacers took advantage of home court in Game 7 to put away the Atlanta Hawks and move on in the NBA Playoffs. The Pacers trailed midway through the second quarter, but stepped up defensively to close the half, outscoring the Hawks 18-4 and taking a double digit lead into the break. Indiana pushed their lead to 17 in the third, but a flurry of threes to close the quarter pushed Atlanta within eight heading into the fourth.
Big plays from Paul George helped push the lead back into double figures, and despite a continued barrage of three point attempts from Atlanta, Indiana was abl eto keep the Hawks at bay with plenty of hustle to close out the 92-80 victory. The Hawks attempted a single game record 44 attempts, hitting just 11. The Hawks were held to 30.4% shooting on the night. Indiana got big minutes from Roy Hibbert, who had 13 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, holding Paul Millsap to just 15 points on 6-21 shooting.
Paul George scored 30 points with 11 rebounds. David West had 13 boards, Lance Stephenson had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and George Hill scored 15. The Pacers won the rebounding battle 55-38 despite allowing 15 offensive boards. The Pacers will tip against the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.