The Atlanta Hawks thumped the Indiana Pacers 107-97 — and it wasn’t even that close.
Shelvin Mack led the way with 20 points, Mike Scott scored 17 points and Lou Williams finished with eight points as the Hawks took a 3-2 series lead over the top-seeded Pacers on Monday night. By the way, that was just the bench scoring.
Paul Millsap scored 18 and Kyle Korver netted five 3’s in the rout. In defeat, Paul George scored 26 points for the Pacers.
With that said, Indiana is one push away from falling off the playoff cliff. Here are my gut reactions from Game 5:
– Indiana’s first quarter defense was really good. They should’ve taken a bigger lead than the 21-20 lead that the took into the second quarter.
– It’s nice that the NBA allowed Mike Scott to exchange his hands for flame throwers just prior to the game.
– The Hawks rebounded in a big way on the offensive end with a 41-point second quarter, the Pacers, well, didn’t. The game was over at that point.
– The fact that Roy Hibbert has suddenly transformed into a scrub has really hurt this Pacers offense. You can take him out and replace him with Luis Scola and Ian Mahinmi all you want, but they’re still not what Hibbert used to bring to this team.
– At one point in the third quarter, the Hawks were up 80-50. Eighty to fifty!
– The final score of the game was not indicative of how bad this game was, for the Pacers.
– Indiana is in trouble. I’m not sure if they lose this series, but it’s not looking good.
– Game 6 is going to be fun.