Hawks vs. Pacers score update: Indiana leads Atlanta at halftime, 59-50

Andy Lyons

Paul George is having another big game as the Pacers lead the Hawks at halftime.

The Indiana Pacers lead the Atlanta Hawks, 59-50, at halftime in Game 2 as the Pacers look to go up 2-0 in their best-of-seven series.

After notching a triple-double in Game 1, Paul George picked up right where he left off, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the first half. Roy Hibbert had 11 points and three rebounds, while both Gerald Green and D.J. Augustin had eight points off the bench. Both players are stepping up in the absence of Lance Stephenson, who bruised his hip in the first quarter.

The Pacers shot 48.8 percent from the field and led by as many as 11 points in the half. The Hawks shot well themselves, but they committed 10 turnovers and just could not get many stops. Atlanta's bench also has just six points, compared to 24 for Indiana.

Before the game, Satchel Price took a look at three key questions heading into the contest.

1. Can the Hawks get to the charity stripe?

The Hawks managed just 14 free throw attempts in Game 1, and to make matters even worse, they made just seven of them. Meanwhile, the Pacers got to the line 34 times and made 30 of those.

Things didn't change all that much in the first half of Game 2, with Atlanta getting into early foul trouble. Indiana shot 15 free throws for the half, making 11 of them. Meanwhile, the Hawks were able to get to the line 12 times, but once again struggled to convert, making only seven.

2. Will the Pacers keep dominating the boards?

The Pacers crushed the boards in Game 1, winning the rebounding battle 48-32. The margin is just 21-19 in favor of Indiana thus far, so that's somewhat of a positive for Atlanta.

3. Will someone step up for Atlanta?

Josh Smith got into some foul trouble, but he did manage to finish the first half with seven points and four rebounds. Al Horford has eight points and three rebounds, so the two star big men have played relatively well. Jeff Teague has also performed well, scoring 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but those contributions won't matter unless the Hawks are able to play some defense.

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