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Pacers take lead late, hold on to beat Hawks

NBA Playoffs

Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi dunks past Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) in Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff series on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

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ATLANTA — The Indiana Pacers knew what they were up against. This was a game they had to have.
Paul George and David West made sure they got it.
George and West hit key 3-pointers down the closing minutes, and top-seeded Indiana held off the Atlanta Hawks 91-88 to even the opening-round series at two wins apiece Saturday.
Finally, the Pacers showed some grit and resilience, regaining the home-court edge that slipped away when they were stunned by the No. 8-seeded Hawks in Game 1.
“We were just in desperation mode,” West said. “You just can’t go down two games ...


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