Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Game Recap: Hawks 102 - Pacers 91


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The Josh Smith show tied the series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers.  J Smooth finished the night with 29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and one blocs to lead the Hawks to a 102 – 91 victory on Monday night.

"You da one, Smoove," teammate Dahntay Jones said as he walked by Smith's locker. "You da one."

For the second straight game, the Atlanta Hawks played a fast pace game.  This style of play has dumbfounded the Pacers as Roy Hibbert was limited to 31 minutes with foul trouble.  Indiana had a second straight game with horrible shooting, this game a little better at 38.1% opposed to the 28% they shot in game three.

The bench play favored the Hawks in this game with Kyle Korver having 19 points off the bench with 5 three points.  The Pacers entire bench had 19 points compared to 30 by Atlanta.  We have seen the team with the better bench win each of the first four games. 

"This is going to be one heck of a series right now," Pacers center Roy Hibbert said. "I thought we'd be able to at least split down here."

Indiana has lost 13 straight games in the Phillips Arena dating back to 2006.  George Hill has been Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde in the first four games, averaging 20 points at home while only averaging 7.5 points on the road.

"Tolliver and Korver really lit us up . . . it's tough (when they spread us out), but we had a couple of break downs, especially on second shots,” said Frank Vogel.

This series is still waiting for a road victory. 

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