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Pacers finish off Hawks, win Game 6 81-73

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  • Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) reacts in the closing moments during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, in Atlanta, Friday, May 3, 2013. Indiana won 81-73.

      Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) reacts in the closing moments during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, in Atlanta, Friday, May 3, 2013. Indiana won 81-73.

 
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ATLANTA -- George Hill and David West each scored 21 points and the Indiana Pacers withstood a furious Atlanta comeback in the fourth quarter, beating the Hawks 81-73 on Friday night to close out the opening-round playoff series four games to two.

The home team had won every game until the Hawks returned to Philips Arena and set a franchise record with just nine points in the second quarter on 1-of-15 shooting. The defense broke down in the third, allowing Hill and West to combine for 22 points, and the Pacers built a 65-50 lead going to the fourth.

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The Hawks showed some heart, slicing it to 76-73 on Al Horford's dunk with 2:13 remaining.

But the comeback fizzled there, and the Pacers advanced to face New York or Boston.

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