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George responds to rest with triple double to lead Pacers past Atlanta 107-90 in Game 1

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    Indiana Pacers' Tyler Hansbrough, left, goes to the basket against Atlanta Hawks' Ivan Johnson during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs on Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew shouts instructions during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford (15) shoots against Indiana Pacers' David West during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs on Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford, right, goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Jeff Pendergraph during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs on Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague (0) shoots against Indiana Pacers' David West during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs on Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

Paul George scored 23 points and recorded his first playoff triple double, leading Indiana past Atlanta 107-90 for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

George made just 3 of 13 shots but was 17 of 18 from the free-throw line, had 11 rebounds and 12 assists. George Hill added 18 points despite playing with a left groin injury. It's the first time since 2006 that the Pacers have opened a playoff series with a win.

The best-of-seven series resumes Wednesday at Indy.

On Sunday, the Central Division champs played more like the team that was contending for the No. 2 seed rather than the one stumbling to five losses in its previous seven games.

Atlanta was led by Jeff Teague with 21 points and Josh Smith with 15.

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