The Indiana Pacers lead the Atlanta Hawks 59-50 at halftime of Game 2.
Paul George is the high-point man for the Pacers with 16 points while teammate Roy Hibbert chipped in with 11. Gerald Green and D.J. Augustin both have eight big points off the bench each and have also hit a pair of timely 3-pointers. David West has been nutreulized thus far with just one point and one rebound in eight minutes of action. He got into foul trouble and has three personals in the game.
Jeff Teague leads Atlanta with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting while adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Devin Harris is also in double-figures with 10 points. Al Horford has eight points, three boards, three assists and two steals. Josh Smith has seven points, four rebounds and two assists. Smith’s only played 11 minutes due to early foul trouble and has three personals at the half.
Atlanta scored the first five points of the game but Josh Smith got into early foul trouble as he picked up two quick personals in the first two minutes and was forced to sit on the bench. Indiana responded after Smith’s departure with a 5-0 spurt to tie the game then took the lead with a 3-pointer from George Hill.
Atlanta kept racking up the early fouls and put Indiana in the bonus with 5:56 to play in the first quarter. The Pacers shot 8-of-11 from the charity-stripe in the opening period.
The Hawks started the game shooting 7-of-10 from the field but then went cold down the stretch going just 1-of-9. Dahntay Jones made a layup with 4:09 remaining to tie the game at 17 but Indiana ended the period on a 8-2 run.
Roy Hibbert banked in a corner 3-pointer as time expired but after official review it was ruled that he didn’t get the shot off before the buzzer sounded and the Pacers controlled a 25-19 lead the first quarter.
Atlanta came out scrapping in the second quarter as Al Horford got hit with a technical foul after grabbing an offensive rebound and flailing his elbow in an exaggerated motion. Devin Harris was assessed a tech in the first quarter for jawing at a referee.
The Hawks kept up the pressure and cut the deficit to 40-34 with 7:18 to go in the half. However, Augustin responded for Indiana and hit back-to-back triples to put his team up 57-46 in the final minute. Both teams traded a bucket and Johan Petro made a layup with one second remaining as Atlanta went into the half trailing Indiana 59-50.