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Hawks Even Series Up at 2-2; Smith Leads Hawks with Double-Double
- Updated: April 30, 2013
By Kayla Williams
ATLANTA— Hawks Even Series Up at 2-2; Smith Leads Hawks with Double-Double. Kyle Korver adds spark off the bench with 19 points.
Energy, effort and together. Those were the three words Josh Smith used to describe how his Atlanta Hawks teammates need to play in order be successful in Game 5.
The series has taken an interesting shift now, evened up at 2-2 as the Hawks went on to beat the Pacers, 102-91.
Josh Smith scored a career playoff high of 29 points and 11 rebounds playing a key role throughout the night as leader on the court. Smith was doing everything right on the offensive side, with rebounding and scoring, even draining a rare 3-pointer. His defense was just as solid, as he made it tough for Indiana’s Paul George to get a rhythm scoring. “When Josh plays the way he did tonight,” Hawks guard Devin Harris said, “we’re a very good team.”
But it wasn’t just Smith who got hot for Atlanta. Long range shooter Kyle Korver gave the Hawks another dimension to their game, as he went 5 of 8 from beyond the 3-point line. Korver got his flow going with a couple of 2-point shots and was clutch down the stretch in the last quarter. “I just knocked ‘em down,” said Korver, “With Josh at the 3, we have double teams coming for him and it’s opened me up.”
It was another solid night for Hawks Al Horford and Jeff Teague, finishing with 18 and 13 points respectively.
On the Pacers end, a hard pill to shallow heading home from two road games winless. Forward Paul George had a stellar game with 21 points, 12 rebounds, but his double-double wasn’t enough for the Hawks. The starting lineup for the Pacers squad all score in double digits but still managed to get out played by Atlanta.
“We had a lot of opportunity,” George said after the game, “We got good looks in the first half but didn’t shoot well.”
Pacers big man David West finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the night. West is still looking for the right formula in the playoffs to really be effective for his team.
“I gotta figure out a way to be more effective for my team. It’s not all offense, it’s defensive, on the boards too.” West said.
A high note the Pacers need to take with them on their trip back home are their points in the paint, outscoring Atlanta 42-28.
The Hawks will have to keep the momentum rolling without their best 6th player: the home crowd. Winning back to back at home in Atlanta proved evident the home-crowd intensity gave the Hawks the sparked they needed to balance the series out. But with potentially two games left in the series back in Indiana, that intensity must follow them north to Indiana.
“I don’t think the fans realize what they do for us. Their cheering fuels us all.” Horford said. The series returned to Indianapolis for Game 5 Wednesday night at 8:00pm CST
Kayla Williams is a featured columnist and reporter for Global Basketball. Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Grambling State University and was an outside hitter for GSU’s women’s volleyball team from 2006-2010. After graduating, Williams was an anchor and news reporter for KTVE-NBC in West Monroe, Louisiana. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Georgia State University.