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Smith scores 29 to lead Hawks past Pacers, 102-91

  • Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) vie for a loose ball during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series,basketball game Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) vie for a loose ball during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series,basketball game Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) vie for a loose ball during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series,basketball game Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) vie for a loose ball during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series,basketball game Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks power forward Ivan Johnson (44) loses the ball under the defense of Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks power forward Ivan Johnson (44) loses the ball under the defense of Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks power forward Ivan Johnson (44) loses the ball under the defense of Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks power forward Ivan Johnson (44) loses the ball under the defense of Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) runs into Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) runs into Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) runs into Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) runs into Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) works against Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) works against Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) works against Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) works against Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew speaks to players against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew speaks to players against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew speaks to players against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew speaks to players against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks power forward Anthony Tolliver (4) reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks power forward Anthony Tolliver (4) reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks power forward Anthony Tolliver (4) reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks power forward Anthony Tolliver (4) reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) passes the ball as Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) defends during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) passes the ball as Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) defends during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) passes the ball as Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) defends during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) passes the ball as Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) defends during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) dunks the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) dunks the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) dunks the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) dunks the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 file photo, Boston Celtics' Jason Collins poses during Celtics NBA basketball media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. NBA veteran center Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday, April 29, 2013 on Sports Illustrated's website. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 file photo, Boston Celtics' Jason Collins poses during Celtics NBA basketball media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. NBA veteran center Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday, April 29, 2013 on Sports Illustrated's website. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

  • Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) vie for a loose ball during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series,basketball game Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) vie for a loose ball during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series,basketball game Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks power forward Ivan Johnson (44) loses the ball under the defense of Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks power forward Ivan Johnson (44) loses the ball under the defense of Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) and Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) runs into Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) runs into Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) works against Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) works against Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew speaks to players against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew speaks to players against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks power forward Anthony Tolliver (4) reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks power forward Anthony Tolliver (4) reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro (10) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) passes the ball as Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) defends during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) passes the ball as Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) defends during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) dunks the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) dunks the ball against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game, Monday, April 29, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 file photo, Boston Celtics' Jason Collins poses during Celtics NBA basketball media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. NBA veteran center Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday, April 29, 2013 on Sports Illustrated's website. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Josh Smith scored 29 points as the Atlanta Hawks built a 17-point lead at halftime, then withstood an Indiana comeback over the final two quarters to even the series with a 102-91 victory in Game 4 last night.

After struggling much of the second half, Smith made every big play down the stretch. He swished a rare 3-pointer, came up with an offensive rebound to set up a 3 by Kyle Korver, then finished off a fast break with a right-handed dunk.

Paul George scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half as the Pacers made a game of it but couldn’t come back from a 57-40 deficit at the break.

Tied at two wins apiece, the series returns to Indianapolis for Game 5 tomorrow night.

Korver added 19 points off the bench, most of them coming on his specialty: the 3-pointer. He knocked down five from outside the arc, including the biggest one with 2:33 remaining after Al Horford threw up a wild shot that missed. Smith snatched one of his 11 rebounds and spotted Korver lurking all alone on the outside.

Horford chipped in with 18 points.

Indiana was better offensively but still struggled to make shots, finishing at 38 percent on a 32-of-84 performance. George came alive after halftime, connecting three times from beyond the stripe, while every other starter was in double figures.

It wasn’t enough.

The Hawks beat Indiana for the 13th straight time at Philips Arena, a streak that dates to 2006. But the Pacers can take solace with not having to win in Atlanta, as long as they take care of business on their home court.

Then again, Indiana must be wondering how the series got to this point after the Pacers dominated the first two games in their building, averaging 110 points and a 16-point margin of victory.

The Hawks turned the momentum with a 90-69 blowout in Game 3, then did enough good things in the first half to get the series back where it started as they return to the heartland.

The Pacers played with much more effort than they did Saturday, but it didn’t matter in the second quarter. Not with the Hawks gunning away from the outside – they went 7 of 8 from 3-point range in the period – and running the court with so much abandon that Coach Larry Drew had to call a 20-second timeout late in the first half just to allow his players to catch their breath.

Atlanta appeared on the way to a second straight blowout. Not so fast.

Indiana turned up the defensive pressure and the Hawks began playing a little too loose with the ball. The Pacers ripped off a 15-1 spurt that nearly wiped out an 18-point deficit, holding Atlanta without a field goal for a good chunk of the third quarter. After Horford’s dunk with 10:05 left in the period, the Hawks didn’t make another basket until Devin Harris’ nifty dash from one end of the court to the other for a layup with 1:34 remaining.

Atlanta was able to stick with its big lineup after 7-foot center Johan Petro dashed back from Miami on a private jet sent by the team owners after witnessing the birth of his first child. Jacob Petro was born about 2 p.m., then his father headed to the airport and made it to Phillips Arena about two hours before tipoff.

If the birth had taken longer, Petro was planning to stay in south Florida. Instead, he played 22 minutes with hardly any sleep the past two days, contributing four points and eight rebounds.

Atlanta dealt with an old bugaboo in the second half: free throw shooting. At one point, the Hawks had made just 8 of 18 before Horford knocked down five of six to make the percentage look a little more respectable. Still, they finished 25 of 38 at the line, squandering a chance to put the Pacers away earlier.

Nets 110, Bulls 91

Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Nets cut the Bulls’ lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.

Andray Blatche scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and Gerald Wallace had consecutive baskets down the stretch as the Nets finally pulled away in a game they led most of the way, but never by too much.

Two days after rallying for a 142-134 triple-overtime victory, the Bulls were outscored 15-1 down the stretch and failed to set up a second-round series with Miami. Instead they will host Game 6 on Thursday.

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