Pacers vs. Hawks Game 4: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
So far we've got four games in the books and four wins for the home team in this series. We'll go back to Indiana for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Keys to the Game
This was definitely one of the more interesting games of this series. Generally it's been both teams playing relatively well for three quarters, while one or the other completely implodes in the one remaining quarter.
Atlanta picked the third and fourth quarter in which to implode in the first two games, and then Indiana went with the bold choice of the first quarter to fall apart in Game 3.
This time, we got to see an implosion from both teams, Indiana taking the second quarter and the Hawks picking the third quarter.
Both teams were woefully inept in different respects, both offensively and defensively.
For the Hawks, they were able to get to the rim and hit three-pointers, but put them on the free throw line and their knees started knocking and the sound of their teeth chattering echoed throughout the arena. Atlanta was 25-38, just 66 percent from the free throw line.
Defensively, if they didn't have their big lineup on the floor, they just couldn't keep the Pacers out of the lane.
Indiana was horrible at setting up any kind of offensive flow, save the third quarter when they were able to attack the paint with Al Horford on the bench. They shot poorly from just about everywhere, and it was because they waited too long to set up their offense, and settled way too often.
Defensively, they couldn't keep up with the Hawks. Atlanta's transition ran all over them for the entire game.
In the end, Indiana's implosion in the second quarter was worse than Atlanta's implosion in the third quarter, so they ended up dropping this one.
Hawks 102, Pacers 91, Final.
Let's take a look at the box score from this one. First the Hawks:
And the Pacers:
Hawks 102, Pacers 91, Final.
Free throws for Atlanta and failed three-pointer attempts from Indiana wraps this one up, along with a bit of animosity between the two teams.
Hawks 102, Pacers 91, Final.
Atlanta is shooting horribly from the line tonight? Indiana went ahead and let them run 10 seconds off the clock before fouling their best shooter.
This one's a wrap.
Hawks 98, Pacers 89 with 0:26 left in the fourth.
Horford drains a jumper to make up for the miss, followed by a long Atlanta rebound and a dagger of a dunk from Smith.
Hawks 96, Pacers 87 with 1:07 left in the fourth.
Smith's dream doesn't come true. Al Horford clanks a jumper off the back rim.
Hawks 92, Pacers 87 with 1:45 left in the fourth.
This might be the most underrated fun game of the playoffs so far. You've got a hilarious Hawks implosion, Josh Smith actually coming through with big three pointers, and an incredibly important possession coming up.
Smith dribbled the shot clock down to two seconds with every intent on shooting a three pointer. Will he get to do it? Well we'll see in a few seconds.
Hawks 92, Pacers 85 with 2:03 left in the fourth.
Josh Smith comes up huge on two consecutive plays.
JOSH SMITH OFFENSIVE REBOUND ASSIST TO KORVER HAT SUAUZ— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 30, 2013
Hawks 92, Pacers 85 with 2:22 left in the fourth.
Josh Smith takes a three. Arena: NonononononononononoooooooYYYYYYYEEEEEEAAAAAA!
Hawks 89, Pacers 81 with 3:00 left in the fourth.
Aaaaand I'm wrong. Josh Smith jumpers give Indiana the opening to cut the lead to five points with a chance to get closer after the under-four commercial break.
Hawks 86, Pacers 81 with 3:31 left in the fourth.
Hansbrough and David West give Horford a bit of a hard foul after a Paul George three-pointer.
This game keeps wanting to get close, only for us to realize that it's never going to get closer than five points.
Hawks 84, Pacers 79 with 4:30 left in the fourth.
Let me go ahead and expedite the rest of this game. Each team pick their three best free throw shooters and alternate turns, 20 seconds running off the clock for every trip to the line.
Whistles are blowing on every trip down the floor, completely killing the flow of this game.
Hawks 80, Pacers 74 with 5:42 left in the fourth.
Pacers' missed free throws lead to offensive rebounds and put-backs.
Hawks' missed free throws lead to sadness and tears flooding Philips Arena.
Hawks 80, Pacers 73 with 6:35 left in the fourth.
Paul George three-pointer and he looks to be alive, aggressive, and ready to fight for the Pacers.
Hawks 76, Pacers 70 with 7:16 left in the fourth.
Anthony Tolliver nails a huge three-pointer to put the Hawks back up by 10. Maybe they all just need to step back to the three-point line when they shoot free throws.
Hawks 75, Pacers 65 with 8:24 left in the fourth.
I can't be 100 percent sure, but it seems as if the NBA TV play-by-play dude just described the Atlanta crowd as "aroused."
It's because of Joey Crawford, no doubt.
Hawks 72, Pacers 65 with 9:04 left in the fourth.
Time for more non-analysis:
Atlanta is 13-24 from the free throw line— Peachtree Hoops (@peachtreehoops) April 30, 2013
Pacers 70, Hawks 65 with 9:36 left in the fourth.
This is the Hawks shooting chart from the third quarter. I don't think any analysis is needed here.
Hawks 70, Pacers 62 with 10:27 left in the fourth.
Josh Smith still leads all scorers despite a slightly poorer third quarter than his second. He's got 22 points. Kyle Korver is up to 18, and the Hawks have eight apiece from Teague, Harris and Horford.
Indiana is getting a boost with 12 from Roy Hibbert, 10 from George Hill, eight from D.J. Augustin, and seven apiece from Stephenson, West and George.
Hawks 69, Pacers 62 at the start of the fourth.
Aside from a single three-pointer, Gerald Green has been completely useless in this game. Frank Fogel is aware of this.
Green could be done. Vogel goes with Augustin for Stephenson.— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) April 30, 2013
Hawks 69, Pacers 62 after the third.
That growing roar you hear coming from the southeast is thousands of Hawks fans begging Josh Smith not to shoot threes.
Their cries have fallen on deaf ears.
No one loses a lead more hilariously than the Hawks. Missed FTs, the crowd imploring Josh Smith not to shoot a 3. SMH! #PACERSvHAWKS— Sekou Smith (@SekouSmithNBA) April 30, 2013
Hawks 69, Pacers 61 with 0:41 left in the third.
Josh Smith misses a free throw. Crowd: Nervous "ahhhhs"
Josh Smith makes a free throw. Crowd: Nervous "ooooohs"
There's a slight difference there, folks.
Hawks 66, Pacers 61 with 2:51 left in the third.
Defense, transition buckets. Who is this team?— Tom Lewis (@IndyCornrows) April 30, 2013
Four-point game. Atlanta has missed 10 straight shots.
Hawks 65, Pacers 61 with 3:16 left in the third.
And Roy Hibbert picks up his fourth foul, all thanks to...wait for it...Josh Smith attacking the rim.
Who is this headband-wearing rim attacker and what has he done with our three-point clanking Josh Smith?
He is still missing free throws though.
Hawks 65, Pacers 59 with 4:46 left in the third.
It's interesting that Atlanta's big lineup has done its job to out-rebound the Pacers (31-26 at this point), but have given the Pacers the biggest fits when running the fast-break game.
With Horford out however, and Harris still in the locker room, Indiana has cut the lead to single-digits.
Hawks 64, Pacers 55 with 6:00 left in the third.
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