Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 4/29/13
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The Pacers looked like they were ready to take a 3-1 series lead back to Indiana, but after going up 21-14 in the 1st quarter they allowed the Hawks to score 8-straight points to close out the quarter and take a 22-21 lead. From there, things just fell apart as Josh Smith dominated and boosted the Hawks to a 17-point halftime lead. The Pacers would make several runs in the second half and get within 4 or 5 points on numerous occasions but the Hawks would also respond with a backbreaker. In the end, the effort just wasn't enough, as the Hawks held on for a 102-91 win as the series shifts back to Indiana for game 5 tied at 2-2. Hard to pinpoint any specific reason why the Pacers lost other than the poor shooting. The Hawks seemed to contest every shot, forcing the Pacers into a 38% shooting night (which is good considering they were 27% last game). I think it's just a matter of the Hawks knowing how to attack the Pacers weaknesses, and having stars like Josh Smith and Al Horfo...
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