View Full Version : Hawks lose Game 7 to Pacers, are eliminated in first round

05-04-2014, 09:59 AM
Indiana completely flipped the script on Atlanta. Instead of chasing the Hawks, the Pacers pulled away. Instead of yielding to the Hawks' 3-point shooters, the Pacers took advantage of their size by dominating the glass and creating openings for perimeter shooters. And instead of trying to hide Hibbert, the All-Star center who had failed to score in Games 5 or 6, the All-Star center was his old imposing self.

The Pacers finished with a 55-38 rebounding edge and with Hibbert clogging the way, the Hawks were forced to rely primarily on 3-pointers. Atlanta wound up just 11 of 44 from beyond the arc, most coming as it tried to dig out of a double-digit deficit.

It didn't take Indiana long to demonstrate why this game would be different from the first six.

After the Hawks went on a 7-0 run to take a 23-17 lead late in the first quarter, Indiana answered with its own 7-0 run to make it 24-23 entering the second.

-- AP

05-04-2014, 10:07 AM
The Hawks had their second straight poor shooting game. They finished with a 30.4 percentage (28 of 92), including 25 percent (11 of 44) from 3-point range.

In the end the Hawks missed (64) nearly as many shots at the Pacers took (70).