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                  === Hawks hold off Pacers to even series ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA (Sports Network) - With Atlanta's Al Horford on the bench saddled
 with foul trouble in the third quarter, the Indiana Pacers charged back.
 
 Once Horford returned, he and Josh Smith helped the Hawks stave them off.
 
 Smith  tallied  a playoff career-high 29  points to go with 11 rebounds, while
 Horford  netted 18  points in the Hawks'  102-91 win over the Pacers in Game 4
 of this Eastern Conference first-round series.
 
 Atlanta  led by 17  at the break, but Horford picked up two quick fouls in the
 beginning  stages  of the  third quarter  and exited  with four personals. The
 Pacers relentlessly attacked the rim for the duration of the frame, outscoring
 Atlanta  18-4 in the  paint for the period, to whittle the halftime deficit to
 seven entering the fourth.
 
 But Horford returned to pour in 10 points during the final stanza, while Smith
 added seven to hand Indiana its 13th straight defeat at Philips Arena and knot
 the set at 2-2.
 
 "Our  crowd  has been  unbelievable for  these two  (home) games," Smith said.
 "They've  definitely played a part in our success at home.  In order for us to
 be  successful in  Indiana we have to able  to get off to a good start, number
 one  and  try our best to  be able to control  the momentum of the game for 48
 minutes."
 
 Once  again the  Hawks inserted Johan Petro into the starting lineup, although
 his  availability was  in question  due  to the  birth of  his child.  Horford
 started at power forward and Smith again manned the three-spot.
 
 Kyle  Korver,  the starter at  small forward over the  first two games of this
 series,  nailed five  3-pointers and  finished with  19 points  off the  bench
 in the triumph.
 
 Paul George registered 21 points, 12 boards and four steals for Indiana, which
 will host Game 5 on Wednesday.
 
 "We  had  a number of breakdowns.  They got a  couple on second shots which we
 know  they're going to out for the three point line ... We weren't accountable
 for  Korver.  A lot of stuff  that Korver gets from  the three point line is a
 result  of  how they  force you to  help out  on pick and  rolls or the post,"
 Indiana head coach Frank Vogel said.
 
 A  7-0  Pacers spurt vaulted  them to  a 21-14 lead  late in the opening frame
 before  a 22-3 extended  Hawks run that bled into the second helped them seize
 control of the contest.
 
 Atlanta  recorded the  last eight points of  the first to head into the second
 with a 22-21 edge.
 
 Anthony  Tolliver and  Korver knocked  down  triples, wrapped  around a  Tyler
 Hansbrough  1-of-2  effort from the  line. Tolliver  nailed another trey a bit
 later and Smith, who had seven points during the surge, capped it by splitting
 a  pair of  foul shots to give  Atlanta a 36-24 cushion with 8:39 remaining in
 the frame.
 
 Korver  hit on all  three of his 3-point attempts in the stanza for the Hawks,
 who  went  7-of-8 from  beyond the arc  and shot 60  percent (12-of-20) in the
 second to aid them to a 57-40 advantage entering the locker room.
 
 Assisted by a 15-1 swing with Horford on the pine, Indiana stormed back in the
 third.  David  West began  the burst  with a three-point  play and Ian Mahinmi
 concluded it with a layup to pull the Pacers within 65-61.
 
 Atlanta  had missed 13 straight shots until Devin Harris' layup with 1:34 left
 in  the  quarter upped the  margin to 69-61 before  entering the fourth with a
 69-62 spread.
 
 Lance  Stephenson's  runner got  Indiana within  86-81 with  4:06 to play, but
 threes  by Smith  and Korver, sandwiched around two West free throws upped the
 lead to 92-83.
 
 George  then  hit two free  throws and drained a  jumper to get Indiana within
 five  with  1:46 on the  clock. Atlanta, though,  answered and salted the game
 away.
 
 Horford hit a straightaway jumper and a George miss from beyond the arc led to
 a 3-on-1 break, which Smith finished with a right-handed slam for a 96-87 edge
 with 1:06 to play.
 
 Indiana never got within less than seven the rest of the way.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Atlanta  shot  44.6 percent  (33-of-74) from  the floor  and 45.6 percent (11-
 of-24)  from  beyond the  arc ...  Indiana hasn't beaten  the Hawks in Atlanta
 since 2006 ... Indiana held a 42-28 points in the paint edge.
 
 
 04/30 02:52:13 ET