Atlanta took it to the Indiana Pacers on Monday, dominating with a double-digit lead for most of the night. The Hawks found their range from beyond the arc, and grabbed a win and a series lead, 107-97.
Mike Scott was the star of the first half, setting a Hawks playoff record of five made three-pointers in one half. It wasn't any better for the Pacers in the third, with Atlanta outplaying them so thoroughly that at one point Larry Bird just couldn't handle it anymore.
Kyle Korver from ridiculously far away.
But the Pacers battled back, with C.J. Watson, David West and Paul George leading the charge. Indiana trimmed a 20-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to just eight, but strong play by Paul Millsap down the stretch kept Atlanta afloat. Roy Hibbert played just 12 minutes throughout the game, and did not register a rebound or a point scored.
For Atlanta, Shelvin Mack led all scorers with 20 points on 5-of-9 shooting, adding five assists, three rebounds and two steals in a solid effort off the bench. Millsap dropped 18 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists. Kyle Korver scored 16 points, shooting 5-of-10 from three-point range to go along with nine rebounds.
Indiana's top scorer was Paul George, who put in 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting, adding 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals. David West had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Lance Stephenson recorded 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting, as well as seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
Game 6 will be held at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 1 in Atlanta. The Hawks lead the series, 3-2.