Pacers blast Hawks, keep hopes alive
Just when it looked as if their demise was complete, the Indiana Pacers found some life and fought off the Atlanta Hawks and an electric crowd at Philips Arena to win Game 6 95-88 and keep their Eastern Conference playoffs matchup alive.
Indiana forward David West scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Paul George added 24 points and came up with a big steal in the game's final minute to force Game 7.
The Pacers were 41-12 at the All Star break, but unraveled in final months of the regular season and were in danger of becoming just the sixth top seed to lose to an No. 8 seed in the first round of the playoffs.
Jeff Teague hit a jumper to put the Hawks up 84-79 with 3:13 to play, but West scored eight points in the final three minutes, and Indiana closed out the game with a 16-4 run.
Teague led all scorers with 29 points.
The Hawks closed the third quarter on a 13-5 run and took a 67-64 lead into the fourth.
Indiana forward Lance Stephenson finished the night with 21 points, and Hill added 14 points.
Atlanta forward Paul Millsap scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and Louis Williams added 16 points.