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NBA playoffs: David West scores 24 as Pacers rout Hawks
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Indianapolis • Frank Vogel made a few simple lineup adjustments and a strong pregame pitch. It was just what the Pacers needed Wednesday night.

Indiana played more physical and more focused basketball than Atlanta, and for the first time in this best-of-seven series played defense the way Vogel has been coaching it all season. Against all that, Atlanta never had a chance.

Veteran David West broke out of a series-long funk to score 24 points, Paul George finished with another double-double and Indiana pulled away for a 106-83 victory to take a 3-2 lead over the Hawks.

"We needed to re-establish our confidence," said Vogel, the Pacers coach. "We're still a young team. We needed to re-establish our ability to slow them down."

Indiana did that and a whole lot more on a night in which it was virtually flawless.

West looked like his old self backing down defenders, then spinning away to hit his trademark step-back shots. George made 7 of 8 shots from the field, finishing with 10 rebounds and five assists — another strong showing in a series he's dominated in Indiana's three wins.

Vogel changed the rotations, keeping some starters with the second unit to add scoring punch. And after posting the best defensive field-goal percentage in the NBA this season, the Pacers finally managed to hold Atlanta under 50 percent shooting.

The blowout, Indiana's third straight at home in the playoffs, even allowed the starters to get a few extra minutes of rest. —

Pacers 106, Hawks 83

FG FT Reb

Atlanta Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Smith 25:49 5-16 3-7 2-5 0 5 14

Horford 39:11 5-14 4-4 1-9 2 4 14

Petro 18:32 2-3 1-2 1-2 0 1 5

Harris 36:49 3-9 7-8 0-0 3 1 13

Teague 34:02 3-16 1-1 0-2 5 1 7

IJohnson 15:58 1-2 7-8 1-2 2 3 9

Korver 32:19 2-5 5-5 0-5 0 5 10

Tolliver 16:52 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 3

Stevenson 0:16 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Jones 5:03 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2

Mack 5:03 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2

Jenkins 5:03 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0

Scott 5:03 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 4

Totals 240:00 25-75 30-37 6-28 14 24 83

Percentages: FG .333, FT .811. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Tolliver 1-2, Korver 1-3, Smith 1-3, Mack 0-1, Stevenson 0-1, Teague 0-1, Harris 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 6 (2 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Horford, Smith). Turnovers: 6 (Horford 2, Harris, Petro, Smith, Teague). Steals: 6 (Smith 4, Harris, I.Johnson). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 8:38 second Defensive three second, 4:21 second Smith, 7:25 third Teague, 5:51 third I.Johnson, 10:36 fourth.

FG FT Reb

Indiana Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

George 33:50 7-8 5-7 1-10 5 4 21

West 35:02 11-16 2-2 0-5 0 3 24

Hibbert 35:01 3-7 12-14 3-9 3 4 18

Stephensn 38:10 3-7 1-2 0-12 4 3 8

Hill 35:49 5-10 4-4 1-5 10 3 15

THansbrgh 13:06 1-5 1-1 3-4 0 4 3

Pendergrph 8:56 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 2

Mahinmi 9:27 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 5 2

Augustin 25:22 3-10 2-3 0-2 2 3 11

Green 3:24 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

OJohnson 1:53 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2

Totals 240:00 35-69 29-35 8-51 24 30 106

Percentages: FG .507, FT .829. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Augustin 3-9, George 2-2, Stephenson 1-3, Hill 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 17 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Mahinmi, Pendergraph). Turnovers: 16 (T.Hansbrough 3, Hibbert 3, Stephenson 3, West 3, George, Hill, O.Johnson, Mahinmi). Steals: 2 (Hill, West). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 11:39 first Coach Vogel, 5:27 third.

Atlanta 22 21 24 16 — 83

Indiana 21 29 31 25 — 106

Attendance • 18,165

Time • 2:37.

Officials • Monty McCutchen, Derrick Collins, Bennett Salvatore.

NBA playoffs • West scores 24 as Indiana takes 3-2 series lead.
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