The 2013 NBA playoffs continue to take shape. The Indiana Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 81-73 in Game 6 of their first-round series. In turn, the Pacers will advance to play the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
So how did it all go down in Atlanta?
This was nothing short of an ugly game, as neither team managed to score the ball at a high clip. The Pacers shot a respectable 42.1 percent from the field but converted just 3-of-15 from beyond the arc and 14-of-21 from the free-throw line.
Atlanta was even worse, going 33.3 percent from the field and 15.8 percent from distance on 19 attempts.
When the dust settled and the game came to an end, however, it was the Pacers who outlasted a furious fourth-quarter rally by Atlanta. As a result, Indiana will rekindle its long-lasting rivalry with the hated Knicks.
The Pacers only reached that level after a hard-fought victory over a rugged Atlanta squad.