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The top-seeded Pacers are on the ropes again at the hands of the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks, who finished six games below .500 during the regular season but truly believe they can pull off a major upset in the opening round of the playoffs.

Atlanta is playing with confidence and swagger and even got a crucial call to go its way.

Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials missed him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series.

The Hawks took control in the third quarter — the decisive period in all three games — and held off the Pacers to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Teague led the Hawks with 22 points while Korver tossed in 20.

Game 4 is Saturday in Atlanta.

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