GRADES: Hawks 102, Pacers 91

Raj Prashad —  April 29, 2013

Series tied, 2-2

IND(2-2) 91 – 102 (2-2)ATL

Key Performers:
P. George (IND): 21 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast
J. Smith (ATL): 29 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast

Indiana came out playing aggressively on both ends of the court to finish a pretty even first quarter. The Hawks took a 17-point lead into the half, only to watch it disappear behind shooting just 15 percent for the third quarter. Behind Josh Smith and Al Horford’s 17-fourth quarter points, Atlanta hung on to tie the series and send it back to Indiana with a chance to go up 3-2 and close out at home.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Horford got in foul trouble early, which seemed to plague him for most of the night. He did, however, get under David West’s skin yet again, holding the forward to 5-of-14 from the field. After sitting out much of the third quarter, Big Al dominated the fourth with 10 points and eight free throw attempts. 7/10

Josh Smith: One of the more emotional night for Smith led to an up-and-down game. In a supremely efficient first half, Smith had 16 points, six rebounds and played stout defense on Paul George, yet again. A dreadful third quarter in which Smith shot 0-for-6 from the field was just a precursor for his fourth-quarter rebirth. Smith took the game over, scoring seven points, dishing three assists and snagged two rebounds. Smoove’s offensive rebound and dish for a Kyle trey with 2:33 left in the contest, sealed the game. 8/10

Jeff Teague: It was a pretty nonchalant game for Teague, who matched opposing guard George Hill almost point-for-point and assist-for-assist. He held onto the ball throughout the night and knocked down 5-of-6 free throws in the fourth to close out the night. 6/10

Devin Harris: Harris had another game that can only be explained in offensive spurts. He hit a buzzer-beating layup to close the half and knocked down a few shots, but wasn’t anything special. Harris’ defensive tenacity was lacking as he almost allowed a Lance Stephenson triple-double. 5/10

Johan Petro: Petro flew back to Atlanta after the birth of his son today and played 22 quality minutes in which he controlled Roy Hibbert for much of the night and he grabbed eight rebounds. 7/10

Ivan Johnson: Ivan played another solid game, but didn’t have nearly the same impact he did in the previous game. Johnson was all energy and snagged a couple rebounds, but he struggled in foul trouble and couldn’t do anything on the offensive end. 5/10

Kyle Korver: Korver finally found his stroke in this one, playing 31 minutes and hitting a few big shots, including the 3-point dagger in the remaining minutes of the fourth quarter. His 19 points were huge off the bench. 8/10

Anthony Tolliver: Huge, huge game for Tolliver. With Horford in foul trouble, Tolliver saw some solid minutes throughout the night and knocked down a critical 3-pointer in the fourth. He finished with nine points on a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. 7/10

DeShawn Stevenson: 45 seconds of play gets DeShawn the INC. INC/10

Larry Drew: LD stuck with his big lineup tonight and it paid off. Having Josh Smith on Paul George is a game changer and it’s evident that Drew realizes this now. Off to Game 5, where the Hawks can take control of this series. 8/10

The opposition: Coach Vogel made adjustments defensively from Game 3 to Game 4 and it shut down Josh Smith’s drives to the paint. He’s going to have to find a way to get George and David West going on the offensive end and the Pacers should be able to take advantage of a quarter when the Hawks shoot 15 percent. 3/10


Next: Atlanta at Indiana, Wednesday, May 1st

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