Kyle Korver bemoans Hawks’ inability to “get going” on Wednesday night.
The advantage stayed with the home court on Wednesday night, as the Indiana Pacers sealed a 106-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks to take a 3-2 series lead, and leave the Hawks on the brink of elimination.
The Pacers looked untroubled throughout their third home win of the series, while the Hawks will need to return to the type of basketball they played through Game 3 and 4 to avoid elimination and force the series into a deciding-game.
David West scored 24 points while Paul George had 21 and 10 rebounds, in addition Roy Hibbert contributed 18 points and nine boards as the Pacers asserted their dominance over the Hawks and controlled the game.
It is something Hawks star Kyle Korver believes was their biggest downfall, as they were unable to get going during the game as the Pacers “just played really hard”, while Atlanta fell into foul trouble which undoubtedly had an adverse effect on the way they played.
Josh Smith and Al Horford both scored 14 points each, but will now be looking ahead to Game 6 in Atlanta on Friday where Indiana have lost 13 consecutive games dating back to 2006.
Both teams have looked edgy on the road, but the Hawks will know that they must continue the trend of the home team winning before somehow finding a way to inflict defeat on their Eastern Conference rivals at the fortress that is the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.