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April 25, 2013

George leads Pacers to 2-0 lead over Hawks

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INDIANAPOLIS —

But in many ways, Wednesday looked a whole lot like Sunday.

After scoring the first six points in Game 1, Atlanta opened Wednesday's game with the first five points. Then, just like Sunday, the Pacers rallied to take the lead after one quarter. Indiana extended its 25-19 lead to 59-50 at halftime and to 16 late in the third quarter. The Hawks did get within 88-76 after three, then watched Indiana go on a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 104-85 lead with 5:41 to go and never got another chance to make it close.

"The end of the season was kind of sluggish for us, kind of out of character for us," Green said. "But this is the most important time in basketball right now and we're confident going to Atlanta 2-0."

Notes: Indiana lost starting guard Lance Stephenson late in the first quarter when he landed hard on his right hip after being called for a charge. He was diagnosed with a bruised right hip and did not return until the start of the second half. ... The Hawks have lost four straight to Indiana, all at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ... The free-throw discrepancy continued Wednesday. Indiana is 51 of 63 from the line over the first two games. Atlanta is just 18 of 34.

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