The Indiana Pacers comfortably beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-83 in Game 5 of their first-round series, taking a 3-2 series lead and putting them on the brink of moving through to the next round.
After trailing the Hawks 22-21 after the first quarter, Indiana put on a dominant display at both ends of the court—taking a seven-point lead into the half-time interval. The Pacers would rapidly build on that throughout the second half, and after holding the Hawks to just 40 second-half points, finished with a dominant Game 5 victory and a commanding lead in the series.
Paul George led the way for the Pacers with 21 points and 10 rebounds whilst David West also dominated with a team-high 24 points.
Josh Smith and Al Horford top-scored for the Hawks with 14 points each and struggled to get Atlanta's offense going—shooting just 0.333 percent from the field.
Game 6 is in Atlanta on Friday, May 3.
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