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Hawks stun Pacers

Monday, April 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - The Atlanta Hawks surprised the top-seeded Indiana Pacers 101-93 in the opening game of their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

Atlanta's Jeff Teague, an Indianapolis native, scored 28 points and handed out five assists to lead the Hawks to a victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The other Eastern Conference game on the opening day of the post-season also saw the visitors come out on top as Paul Pierce found his form in the final minutes, sparking the Brooklyn Nets to a 94-87 victory over the Raptors in Toronto.

The Pacers-Hawks game showcased two teams trending in opposite directions.

Although Indiana garnered the best regular-season record in the East, they hobbled into the playoffs with a 4-6 record in their final 10 games.

The Hawks, meanwhile, finished out the regular season 7-3 to secure the eighth and final playoff berth.

Atlanta seized control with a dominant third quarter, in which they outscored the Pacers 30-16.

Teague had 14 of his game-high 28 points in the third as the Hawks pulled away from a 50-50 halftime tie.

Paul Millsap added 25 points for the Hawks, while DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver chipped in 12 points apiece.

Paul George had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who got 19 points from Lance Stephenson.

The Pacers will try to bounce back when they host game two on Tuesday. In Toronto, Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Nets.

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