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                  === Pacers rout Hawks, take series lead ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN  (Sports Network)  - The  Indiana Pacers  came back home and
 reasserted themselves in the paint.
 
 Now they just need to figure out a way to do that in Atlanta.
 
 David West had 24 points, while Paul George added 21 points and 10 rebounds in
 the  Pacers'  106-83 rout  of the Hawks  in Game 5  of this Eastern Conference
 first-round series.
 
 West  went 11-of-16 from  the field and George missed just one shot over eight
 tries. Roy Hibbert finished with 18 points and nine boards for the Pacers, who
 will  try to wrap up the series Friday  in Atlanta, where they have dropped 13
 straight dating back to 2006.
 
 "I  don't think it's just about how we're playing in that building versus this
 building," Indiana head coach Frank Vogel said. "I think there's been a series
 of  moves in  this  series where  you  play  a game  and  something works  and
 something  doesn't work  You make an adjustment. Give (Hawks head coach) Larry
 Drew credit, he changed the series a little bit down there."
 
 Once  the series  shifted south, Hawks head coach Larry Drew made the decision
 to  start  Johan Petro at  center. That moved Al  Horford to power forward and
 Josh Smith to the three-spot. Kyle Korver went to the bench and the big lineup
 worked.
 
 In  the two tilts at Philips Arena, the Pacers shot 27 percent and 38 percent,
 respectively, from the field.
 
 Indiana,  though,  got back to playing  its game on Wednesday. The Pacers shot
 50.7  percent (35-of-69)  from the floor, outrebounded Atlanta by a commanding
 51-28 margin and won the points in the paint battle by a 36-28 spread.
 
 Al  Horford and  Josh Smith  netted 14  points apiece  for Atlanta,  which has
 dropped seven of its last eight in Indianapolis.
 
 "With  us losing our composure we totally got into a me, me, me state. We took
 a lot of ill-advised shots. One thing compounded the other," Drew said.
 
 The  Hawks led  22-21 after  a quarter  of play,  but Indiana  began to  seize
 control of the contest in the second.
 
 Smith  split  a pair  of free  throws to  give Atlanta  a 31-28 advantage, but
 West  went  on a personal 8-0  tear to put  Indiana ahead. He began the flurry
 with  a  pair of layups before  knocking down back-to-back jumpers for a 36-31
 Pacers edge a little past the midway point of the frame.
 
 West  was 6-of-7 for 12 points in the stanza as the hosts took a 50-43 cushion
 into the break.
 
 An  11-2 Pacers run during the middle stages of the third put them comfortably
 in  front.  George Hill, who  capped the swing with  a jumper, had six points,
 while  George added the other five during the surge, which propelled Indy to a
 68-48 advantage.
 
 The  Pacers  held an  81-67 lead  after three and  the margin  peaked at 27 in
 the final stanza.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 All  five games  in the  set have  been decided  by double  figures ...  Since
 moving  to Atlanta  in 1968,  the  Hawks are  21-85 in  postseason road  games
 ...  Hill had 15  points and 10 assists ... Devin Harris tallied 13 points for
 Atlanta ... The Hawks shot 33.3 percent (25-of-75) from the field.
 
 05/01 23:16:35 ET