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After a win in game five, the Atlanta Hawks are one victory away from making their first second round (playoffs) appearance since the 2010-11 season when they defeated the Orlando Magic (4-2) and lost to the Chicago Bulls (2-4).
The leading scorers for Atlanta were Paul Millsap (18), Kyle Korver (16), Jeff Teague (12), DeMarre Carroll (15), Mike Scott (17), and Shelvin Mack (20). The bench was huge for the Hawks as they outscored the opposing Pacers bench 34-2 in the first half of the game. Scott and Mack were leading that charge with a combined 37 points, seven three-pointers made (five of which were from Scott), six assists, six rebounds and two steals.
“We know we can play with this team,” Scott said. “We know they’re a great team, especially at home with great players and a great coach. But we believe in ourselves. (Shelvin) Mack made some shots. Kyle (Korver) made some shots and I made some shots and we were able to play with great pace in that second quarter. It’s the same game plan we’ve been using all year. Spread them out and run the pick-and-roll game or the pick-and-pop game. And they were worried about Mack and I was able to get loose for some good looks. And then they were just heat checks shots.”
If the Pacers want to rebound and somehow win the series (which would have to be in seven games), it is critical that they can limit the Hawks’ three-point shooting. In game five, Atlanta put up 27 three-pointers…15 of which were good (56%).
“When you have more than one shooter on the floor at one time (the defense) can’t just focus on one person,” said Korver. “You have to keep running everybody off the line. So we had a lot of shooting out there and a lot of guys making shots. Shelvin (Mack) was driving the basket. Jeff (Teague) was driving the basket. It creates a lot of scenarios for the defense.”
Defensively the Hawks have been solid, they don’t have much to work on. The Pacers, on the other hand, need to calm down their personal fouling. Indiana has been in foul trouble in just about the entirety of every game in this first round playoff series.
“If we keep playing together, keep trusting each other defensively and let that carry over to the offensive end of the court, that is what we’re working on,” head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “That is what we are looking to stay together defensively, looking to stay together offensively.”
With their performance, the 2013-14 Atlanta Hawks can join the 1970 Milwaukee Bucks as the only road teams in the shot-clock era to score at least 40 points in a quarter and give up fewer than 19.
The Hawks now have a chance to take the entire series with a win Wednesday night in Atlanta.
“We can play with this team,” Scott said. “They’re a great team, especially at home, great players, great coach, but we have a belief in ourselves as well.”
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Atlanta Hawks second-year forward Mike Scott — if you’re saying ‘who?’, you aren’t alone — was absolutely unconscious from long range against the Pacers Monday night.
Scott, a 2012 second round pick out of Virginia, knocked down all five of his three point attempts as part of a 41-point quarter for the Hawks, putting the game out of reach for Indiana and...
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike Scott made five 3-pointers during a 30-6 second-quarter run Monday night, and the Atlanta Hawks fended off a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat top-seeded Indiana 107-97 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Atlanta can clinch the first-round series at home Thursday.
Scott scored all 17 of his points during an incredible 12-minute stretch when Atlanta...
Indiana's George Hill and Atlanta's Mike Scott landed double technical fouls during Thursday night's Game 6 for engaging in a shove fight.
Don’t know the name Mike Scott? After his dominating performance in game five many will come to know the seldom-discussed power forward. Scott scored all of his 17 points in the second quarter, including an absurd 5-5 on three point attempts! The Atlanta Hawks maimed the one-seed Indiana Pacers in the second, thrashing the ...
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The Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers are headed to Game 7 after the Pacers stole Game 6 on the road.
Despite losing, the Hawks left with the biggest highlight. In the third quarter, Hawks’ forward Mike Scott threw down an absolutely filthy poster jam over Pacers’ center Ian Mahinmi. Check it out for yourself.
That’s what you call dropping the hammer.
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The Pacers were lucky enough to beat the Hawks 95-88 on Thursday night and force a game 7. It should be noted that one bright spot during their win, was when the Hawks’ Mike Scott absolutely destroyed Ian Mahinmi with the above dunk. You win some, you lose some.
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Although the Indiana Pacers evened up the series with the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night, forcing a Game 7, the Hawks did have a bright moment during the third quarter when forward Mike Scott went ham and dunked all over Ian Mahinmi. [BeyondTheBuzzer]
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Atlanta Hawks guard Shelvin Mack, who played three years under current Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler, had the best game of his young career last night.Mack scored 20, the second highest scoring output of his career, on 5-9 shooting including 2-4 for three to help the number 8 seed Atlanta Hawks put the number 1 seed Indiana Pacers at a 2-3 disadvantage in the series...
George Hill and Mike Scott got into a mini scuffle during Game 6 tonight between the Pacers and the Hawks. It’s getting testy out there.
This is what playoff basketball is supposed to be like.
Mike Scott posterized Ian Mahinmi with a monster one-handed jam during the third quarter of Game 6 of the Hawks’ first-round series against the Pacers Thursday night.
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The NBA will review a second-quarter altercation between the Hawks’ Mike Scott and the Pacers’ George Hill in Thursday’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoff series, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
The incident could lead to suspensions for several Pacers, including All-Star Paul George, who appeared to leave the bench and step onto the court. The league...
Thursday night with Atlanta trying to close out their first round series against the Pacers, Hawks reserve Mike Scott threw down the most vicious dunk of the 2014 NBA Playoffs on poor Ian Mahinmi:
R.I.P., Ian Mahinmi. We barely knew you :(
It is hard to believe we are at this point. But Atlanta emphatically and dramatically pushed top-seeded Indiana to the brink of elimination with a dominant 107-97 win. The Pacers made a run at the end of the game to make this one close.
But throughout, the Hawks led the Pacers by 20-plus points, dominating the second quarter 41-19. Mike Scott his five 3-pointers in the quarter alone...
The NBA will review a fight between George Hill and Mike Scott that took place during the second quarter of Game 6 between the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks on Thursday for potential punishments. The fight took place during the final 20 seconds of the first half after Hill and Scott got tangled under the […]
Trailing by 7 points late in the third in Game 6, Atlanta reserve forward MIKE SCOTT helped ignite a Hawks rally with this rim rockin’ IAN MAHINMI full-face clockin’ off a beautiful feed from JEFF TEAGUE at the Highlight Factory Thursday…
Great Scott! Dude catapulted in the air and totally obliterated Mahinmi, igniting Philips Arena into a raucous frenzy! Let me be among the...