David West broke out of his slump at home in Game 5 and powered Indiana to a 3-2 series lead over Atlanta as the Pacers pulverized the Hawks 106-83 Wednesday night.
After averaging just 13.3 points on 44.2 percent (19-43) shooting over the first four games, West found his stroke and scored a game-high 24 points on 68.8 percent (11-of-16) shooting, while putting the Pacers back in the driving seat. He erupted in the second quarter as he scored 10 straight points, single handily turning a three-point deficit into a five-point lead. Another bucket 33 seconds later give him 12 for the quarter and 16 for the half.
Paul George posted his third double-double of the series with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He shot an economic 7-of-8 from the field and added five assists. George Hill also achieved a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. Roy Hibbert was 12-of-14 from the foul-line and finished with 18 points and nine boards. Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson had a solid game with 12 rebounds, eight points and four assists, while playing a team-high 38 minutes. D.J. Augustin (11) reached double-figures off the bench.
Atlanta’s Josh Smith dealt with foul trouble once again and only registered 26 minutes of action. He got called for his fourth foul 27 seconds into the third quarter, then picked up his fifth personal, along with a technical a few seconds later, with 7:24 remaining and was a non-factor the rest of the way. He had just three points in the second half and finished with 14 overall on 16 shot attempts.
Al Horford couldn’t find his stroke but finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. He and Smith combined to shoot 10-of-30 in the game. Devin Harris (13) and Kyle Korver (10) were also in double-figures. Jeff Teague had his worst shooting game of the series going 3-of-16 from the field for only seven points.
Indiana murdered Atlanta on the boards by a 51-28 margin and dished out 10 more assists as a team.
The Pacers limited the Hawks to shoot 21.4% (3-of-14) from the perimeter and 33.3% (25-of-75) overall.
Game 6 is Friday in Atlanta at 7:00 PM (ET) on ESPN2.