NBA playoffs 2014, Pacers vs. Hawks: Indiana, Atlanta split regular season series

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 1 and No. 8 seeds face each other in the Eastern Conference, as Atlanta and Indiana square off in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Atlanta has done their best to hold their own against the Indiana Pacers, who bullied their way around the Eastern Conference at the beginning of the season. The Hawks and Pacers are tied in the regular season series with each other at two games a piece, and with the way Indiana has been playing as of late, the spunky Hawks are sure to give them a run at some competitive games in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Here is a look back at their four regular season meetings.

Jan. 8 -- Hawks 97, Pacers 87

When Indiana paid visit to Atlanta on Jan. 8, they were an astounding 28-6. Kyle Korver led the way that night for the Hawks, racking up 17 points as Atlanta trumped the team with the then-best record in the NBA. Most of the damage was done on the offensive end of the floor for the Hawks, who were +8 in assists on the night. They also shot 13 more free throws than the Pacers, as Indiana suffered their only loss during a nine-game stretch.

Feb. 4 -- Pacers 89, Hawks 85

Indiana did a better job of locking down the Hawks on offense in their second game of the season. No Atlanta starters registered double-digit scoring, and it took big efforts from Elton Brand and rookie Mike Scott to make it close. The Hawks were still able to move the ball on the Pacers, but Indiana closed hard on the three-point line. Atlanta shot just 28 percent on 25 attempts from beyond the arc.

Feb. 18 -- Pacers 108, Hawks 98

The Hawks traveled to the confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time in February, and got a taste of their own medicine. Paul George had 26 points and four three-pointers as the Pacers drubbed the Hawks by 10 points. Kyle Korver was the lone bright spot on offense for Atlanta, shooting 7-of-10 from the field with five three-pointers. Despite strong efforts from Atlanta's bench, it wasn't enough to overcome the Pacers' ability to get to the free throw line.

Apr. 6 -- Hawks 107, Pacers 88

The Hawks beat the Pacers in what was perhaps the defining game of their end-of-season slide. Indiana scored just 23 points in the first half and Roy Hibbert rode the bench for the entirety of the second. Paul Millsap went off, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Atlanta was absolutely dominant from the three-point line, dropping 12 threes and shooting 44.7 percent on the night.

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