Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Fueled by a triple-double from Paul George, the Indiana Pacers took the early upper hand in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Atlanta Hawks by coming through with a 107-90 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
George amassed 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana to its first Game 1 triumph in a playoff set since 2006. The Pacers' four other starters also scored in double figures, with George Hill contributing 18 points and Roy Hibbert 16 to the near wire-to-wire win.
David West and Lance Stephenson added 13 points apiece for the Central Division champion Pacers, who dominated the Hawks at the foul line to claim the opener.
George did the majority of his damage from the charity stripe, draining 17-of- 18 free throws on the afternoon, and Indiana finished 30-of-34 from the line compared to a 7-of-14 performance from Atlanta.
Indianapolis native Jeff Teague paced the Hawks with 21 points and seven assists. Josh Smith had 15 points and Al Horford scored 14 in the loss, though neither was a factor during the second half.
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