Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - It wasn't easy, but the Indiana Pacers finally
earned a road win against the Atlanta Hawks.
And it just happened to come in the series' clincher.
After dropping 13 straight games in Georgia's capital, including the first two
of this quarterfinal series, the Pacers put on a defensive clinic early and
held off the Hawks down the stretch to secure their second straight berth in
the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 81-73 victory Friday at Philips
George Hill and David West each poured in 21 points, with Roy Hibbert donating
a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Pacers, who will take on the
winner of the quarterfinal series between Boston and New York when the second
Al Horford led five Atlanta players in double figures with 15 points, while
Josh Smith and Devin Harris each added 14 points for the Hawks, who shot just
33.3 percent from the field and went a woeful 3-for-19 from 3-point range.
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