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5 Reasons Why Atlanta Hawks Beat Indiana Pacers in Game 1

5 Reasons Why Atlanta Beat Indiana in Game 1

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Game 1 between the No. 8 seed Atlanta Hawks and No. 1 seed Indiana Pacers tipped off Saturday night in Indianapolis and resulted in a 101-93 victory for the Hawks, giving them the immediate upper hand in the best-of-seven series. Here are five reasons why the Hawks pulled this one out.

5. Another 2nd half slump from the Pacers

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5. Another 2nd half slump from the Pacers

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All was well for the Pacers in the first half, but the sound of the halftime buzzer resulted in the turning of a page that's been all too familiar to this team as of late. Indiana's second half woes continued Saturday night as defensive stops were few and far between, and possessions became empty.

4. Jeff Teague's amazing night

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4. Jeff Teague's amazing night

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Jeff Teague of the Hawks put together a great performance in Game 1 with a career-high 28 points to go along with five attempts.

3. Free throw percentage

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3. Free throw percentage

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The Hawks shot 82 percent from the charity strike while the Pacers only shot 69 percent from the same distance. That will go a long way in a game decided by only eight points.

2. 2 runs in the 3rd quarter

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2. 2 runs in the 3rd quarter

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The third quarter began in a 50-50 tie, but an 8-0 run from Atlanta to start the second half, followed by another 14-0 run later in the quarter, permanently separated the Hawks from the Pacers.

1. An all-around team effort

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1. An all-around team effort

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The Hawks only had one player lead them in more than one of the major statistics in Saturday night's contest, and that was Teague who, as mentioned, had a career night. Six different players recorded a steal for Atlanta. The workload was very evenly distributed.