ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Hawks' 81-73 loss to the Pacers in Game 6, clinching Atlanta's first-round exit from the Eastern Conference quarterfinals:
1. The Hawks picked the wrong night to post their lowest home tally of the season
Chalk it up to poor shooting or amped-up playoff intensity. No matter how you slice it, the Hawks simply didn't respond to the challenge of defending their home court in Game 6 with a focused effort from beginning to end.
On a night when Indiana gave Atlanta every chance to get the victory and force a Game 7.
The Hawks shot 34 percent from the field, notched only nine points in the second quarter, lost the rebounding battle by 14 (45-31) and dug a gaping hole that flirted with 20 points throughout the third quarter. And yet, Atlanta still had a chance to pull within a bucket in the final minutes.
It was quite the sight. Almost surreal.
But during that definitive period, with the Philips Arena crowd whipped into a happy fren...