» In School » Sports

Updated: April 25, 2014 18:52 IST
nba

Hawks take 2-1 lead over Pacers

Comment   ·   print   ·   T  T  
Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, foreground, and Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola battle for a jump ball in the first half of Game 3. Eighth seed Hawks have gone 2-1 up in the seven-game series.
AP Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, foreground, and Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola battle for a jump ball in the first half of Game 3. Eighth seed Hawks have gone 2-1 up in the seven-game series.

Only five times in NBA history has a No. 8 seed upset a No. 1 seed and Atlanta would look to put a stranglehold on the best-of-seven series when they host game four on Saturday

Atlanta Hawks’ Jeff Teague made the biggest shot of the game with a timely assist from the officials.

Teague had 22 points, including a late controversial triple along with 10 assists, and the eighth-seeded Hawks beat the visiting top-seeded Indiana Pacers, 98-85 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference opening-round playoff series.

The Hawks led 84-78 when Teague skipped along the left sideline before knocking down an off-balance runner over Luis Scola just before the shot clock expired for a nine-point advantage with 2 minutes 47 seconds left to play.

Teague smiled, shrugged his shoulders and threw up his hands as he got back on defence.

“I knew it was a 3,” Teague said. “Hopefully, they just count it.”

Teague sank four free throws around Kyle Korver’s fourth 3-pointer of the night made it 94-80 with 1:33 left, and the underdog Hawks moved a step closer to eliminating the Pacers from the post-season.

Korver had 20 points, DeMarre Carroll added 17 while Paul Millsap finished with 14 and as many rebounds for the Hawks, who have taken 15 of the last 17 home meetings in the series since December of 2006.

Lance Stephenson had 21 points with 13 rebound while Scola netted 17 for the Pacers, who shot a frosty 38 per cent from the field.

However, All-Stars Paul George struggled for 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting and slumping Roy Hibbert scored just four.

“We have a dream of winning it all,” said George. “We’ve gotta be much more tougher than that. And I don’t think it’s there. Our toughness is questionable right now.”

Memphis Grizzlies 98, Oklahoma City Thunder 95 (OT)

Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Courtney Lee hit three free throws in the final 10.9 seconds, and the Grizzlies regrouped to turn back the visiting Thunder for a 2-1 lead in their opening round Western Conference playoff series.

LA Clippers 98, Golden State Warriors 96

Blake Griffin scored 32 points, DeAndre Jordan added 14 with a playoff franchise-tying record 22 rebounds, and the visiting third-seeded Clippers escaped the sixth-seeded Warriors to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference opening-round series.

More In: Sports | In School
COMMENTS
Please Wait while comments are loading...
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
Slideshow
With Brazil struggling and down a goal against a spirited Croatian team, Neymar came through to lead his team to a 3-1 win in the opening match, scoring once in each half. In case you didn't stay up to watch the game, you can relive the key moments with these pictures. Photos: AP

O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in Sports

Atletico's Raul Garcia, centre, equalised for Atletico in the 87th minute from a corner

Atletico Madrid battle out 1-1 draw at Real in Super Cup

Atletico Madrid did well to battle out a late 1-1 draw at neighbours Real on Tuesday, in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, thanks... »