Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers: Game 5 Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers: Game 5 Postgame Grades and Analysis
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The Indiana Pacers dominated both ends of the floor in their 106-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night and now stand just one win shy of a second-straight trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Rarely has home-court advantage been so evident in a playoff series. The Hawks and Pacers each held serve on their home floor in the first four games of the series, with all four contests being decided by double-digits.

But Atlanta looked to reverse that trend, grabbing a 22-21 lead after the first quarter thanks to eight Indiana turnovers in the period.

There were still some early signs, though, that the Pacers had no interest in losing in front of their home fans. Roy Hibbert and David West bullied the Hawks' frontcourt at every opportunity with Paul George creating something out of nothing on the rare occasions that Indiana's offensive sets broke down.

The Pacers raced out to 29 points in the second quarter and carried a 50-43 lead into intermission.

And that margin was a bit deceptive. Indiana converted 54.3 percent of its field goals in the first half, while limiting Atlanta shooters to just a 37.5 success rate.

The Pacers didn't entirely free themselves of their turnover woes, racking up 16 of them before the final buzzer sounded.

But thanks to a strong shooting night (50.7 percent from the field), a suffocating defensive effort (holding Atlanta to just 33.3 percent shooting) and a commanding edge on the glass (51-28), the Pacers earned their third comfortable victory of the series.

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