Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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In a clash between two of the Eastern Conference's better defensive teams, it was the Indiana Pacers who overcame the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 107-90 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Paul George led the way with 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, tallying his first career postseason triple-double. Despite shooting 50 percent from the field, the Hawks simply had no answer for George's balanced attack.

It doesn't hurt that all five Pacers starters were in double figures.

Jeff Teague attempted to lead a comeback, but his 21 points and seven assists just weren't enough for Atlanta to pull out the win. With a fierce fourth quarter run to close out the game, Indiana moved one step closer to their second consecutive Eastern Conference semifinals appearance.

It's an uphill battle from here for the Hawks.

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