Most casual fans can recognize Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap on this Hawks roster, but it was a couple of young bench pieces that made the biggest contributions on Monday, as Atlanta stunned the top-seeded Pacers 107-97 on the road at Indiana to take a 3-2 series lead.
The Hawks certainly made it exciting (or nerve-wracking depending on your point of view), but a big reason Atlanta held off the Pacers was the play of Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott.
These two unheralded benchmates came to play and lit up Bankers Life Fieldhouse with their shooting from behind the arc.
Scott was unconscious from deep in the second quarter. He made four 3-pointers in a span of two minutes at the beginning of the second quarter, with assists from Mack on three of them.
Scott finished with 17 points on six shots…in the second quarter alone. All five of his 3′s came from the right wing above the break.
Take a look at Scott’s ridiculous shooting in this video.
Though he cooled off in the second half, missing all three of his shots after halftime, he was a big reason the Hawks pushed the lead to as much as a 30-point advantage.
The Pacers were clearly frustrated with giving up so many points and despite a furious comeback from the home team, the Hawks had a big enough cushion to sit on and take a 3-2 series lead.
Mack was a big reason the Hawks maintained their humongous lead. He hit a big 3 when the entire Atlanta offense was struggling in the fourth quarter. Mack ended the game with 20 points and five assists. He stayed aggressive when many on the Hawks seemed hesitant to shoot with a big lead.
Mack got to the free throw line 10 times in 25 minutes, second to only Paul Millsap (12 FT’s).
As for the Hawks, they are an unselfish team that doesn’t mind getting help from unlikely sources.
Atlanta has a chance to close out the series at home on Thursday.
Tip-off is at 7:00 PM ET.