The Pacers beat the Hawks in a shootout on Friday night.
It was the Pacers’ first win in 11 games.
We talked about this team a bit in the lead up to the game.
We also talked about how good the Hawks were this season and how they’re in a tough spot in the East.
That led into the game, when Paul George hit a 3 to tie the game with 11 seconds left.
But then Indiana went on a 13-2 run to pull away.
They got the lead on an alley-oop dunk by Victor Oladipo with 8:02 remaining.
That’s when the Hawks, who had been up by nine in the third quarter, had a chance to tie it up.
Oladpe missed a three, and the Pacers couldn’t get anything going.
The Hawks went on to score five straight points, including a 3-pointer by Marcus Morris with 12.9 seconds left in the quarter.
The Pacers tied it again, this time with a 3 by Roy Hibbert.
It felt like it was going to be the game when the Pacers would tie the series, but that didn’t happen.
The Hawks had a few chances, but they couldn’t score.
They also missed open jumpers, but had their biggest chances in the fourth quarter when a 3 from Morris and an alley hoop dunk by Olynyk gave the Pacers the lead.
But Paul George went right to the line to tie things up and keep the Hawks alive.
Indiana outscored the Hawks 35-17 in the overtime period.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after the game that he was glad his team took control of the game in the extra period.
He also said that the Hawks had to take a few steps back in the second half.
“We weren’t playing well enough in the first half.
But we were still playing great in the end,” Vogel told the Pacers website.
“And we were in control of it.
And I thought our guys showed a lot of heart and gave it their all in the last minute.”
The Pacers were led by George with 26 points.
He had 16 rebounds.
He shot 4-for-8 from the field, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Coach Frank Vogels team shot 47.6 percent.
There were no fouls in the game for Indiana, which is 6-1 in games that it has won.
“I’m really proud of the effort,” Vogels said.
“There were some big plays, we made some big shots, and it was a fun game.”
Pacer Nation will have a look back at the game and the rest of the Pacers playoff schedule on Friday.