With the series tied at 2-2, what the Indiana Pacers really needed was a win to settle the nerves of the home crowd during game five on Monday night.
However, events soon took another turn for the worst at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the Pacers lost 107-97 to the Atlanta Hawks.
Mike Scott played a huge role in pushing the Hawks to a 3-2 lead in the series, scoring 17 points in the second quarter. After the game, Scott spoke to ESPN and stated that the team have faith in their own abilities.
"We can play with this team. They're a great team, especially at home, great players, great coach, but we have a belief in ourselves as well."
Pacers forward Paul George meanwhile stated that he and his colleagues weren't good enough.
"It was frustrating because we didn't make a change. We let them run the same action, the same shot. We didn't do nothing. So that was frustrating."
The home side got off to a bright start, winning the first quarter 21-20. George and Lance Stephenson both hit seven, while Jeff Teague scored seven for the visitors.
In the second, the Hawks found a second wind and burst into life, recording 41 points in 12 minutes to win the quarter 41-19.
Shelvin Mack scored 13 in 12 minutes for Mike Budenholzer's team, but the quarter belonged to Scott.
Scott scored 17 points in 10 minutes, scoring all six of his field goal attempts and all five of his three-pointers.
The Hawks were on fire and this wasn't pleasing Pacers' fans who let their feelings known through a echo of boos. Frank Vogel had a lot of work to do heading into half-time, with Indiana were losing 61-40.
Vogel's men issued a response in the third, yet it wasn't one of tremendous quality as the Pacers won the quarter 27-26 but only closed the gap down to 20 points. Stephenson hit nine, while George gathered six.
It all fell down to the final 12, as Vogel knew his side had a big task ahead of them but understood that the current Central Division champions had the home crowd by their side.
But this mood was shortlived, as the Pacers couldn't stop the Hawks scoring points and the fourth ended 30-20 to the Pacers. The hosts closed the gap by ten points only to face a defeat at home to the eighth place side in the Eastern Conference.
Game six is on Thursday night as Vogel's men travel to the Philips Arena 3-2 down in the series. In the last four meetings in Atlanta, the Pacers have won two and lost two.
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