• Pacers rally to beat Hawks, level playoff series

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    ATLANTA: Paul George scored 24 points, including a late three-pointer in a key Indiana run, and the Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-88 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to level their NBA playoff series.

    David West added 18 points and George Hill contributed 15 while George also grabbed 10 rebounds as visiting Indiana deadlocked the best-of-seven opening-round matchup at two wins each.

    “It was one of those games we have to do whatever it takes to win,” said Pacers coach Frank Vogel.

    In the other East playoff contest Saturday, LeBron James had 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Heat rolled to a 98-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats to grab a 3-0 series lead.

    The top-seeded Pacers, who have a home-court edge throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, will play host to game five on Monday with game six back in Atlanta on Thursday.

    An 11-2 Pacers run capped by three-pointers from George and West gave Indiana a four-point edge with 90 seconds remaining.

    George missed two late free throws with a chance to boost Indiana’s final margin, but Macedonian big man Pero Antic missed a potential tying three-pointer for the Hawks at the final buzzer.

    Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 29 points while Kyle Korver added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks.

    First-round playoff results: Eastern Conference at Atlanta
    Indiana 91 Atlanta 88 OT
    (Series level 2-2) at Charlotte

    Miami 98 Charlotte 85
    (Heat leads series 3-0)

    Western Conference at Dallas
    Dallas 109 San Antonio 108
    (Dallas leads series 2-1) at Memphis

    Oklahoma City 92 Memphis 89
    (Series tied 2-2)

    AFP

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