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Visiting Hawks upset top-seeded Pacers in Game 1

  • Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) is defended by Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) is defended by Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap (4) shoots against Indiana Pacers' David West during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap (4) shoots against Indiana Pacers' David West during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Indiana Pacers' David West (21) dunks against Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap (4) during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Indiana Pacers' David West (21) dunks against Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap (4) during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Indiana Pacers' Paul George reacts after being called for a foul during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Indiana Pacers' Paul George reacts after being called for a foul during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Wenli Xu, left, and Ziang Wang take a photo of themselves before an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Wenli Xu, left, and Ziang Wang take a photo of themselves before an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Fans arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Fans arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague shoots against Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague shoots against Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague shoots against Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague shoots against Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) is defended by Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap (4) shoots against Indiana Pacers' David West during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Indiana Pacers' David West (21) dunks against Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap (4) during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Indiana Pacers' Paul George reacts after being called for a foul during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Wenli Xu, left, and Ziang Wang take a photo of themselves before an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Fans arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague shoots against Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague shoots against Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana, 101-93, last night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs, which dated to May 2011. Game 2 is Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Indiana, which spent the whole season working to get home-court advantage in the playoffs, wasted no time in giving it right back with a dismal third quarter. Paul George finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run, breaking a 50-50 tie, then pulled away when Teague scored nine points in a 14-0 run that made it 74-58 with 4:08 left in the quarter. Indiana couldn’t get closer than eight the rest of the way.

It was a fitting twist to open the best-of-seven series.

Indiana played fast and energetic in the first half, playing more like the team that was so good over the first half of the season. Then in the second half, the Pacers reverted to their recent script of being unable to make shots and get defensive stops when they needed them most. The Pacers were just 5-of-19 from the field in the third quarter and were 15-of-41 in the second half.

Atlanta took advantage of those struggles, becoming the first team to beat the Pacers on their home court twice this season and stealing the win they needed. It was the first time the Hawks won a postseason road game since the first game of the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals at Chicago.

Nobody was better than Teague, who repeatedly blew through open lanes because the Pacers’ defense was spread out by the Hawks’ 3-point shooters.

Teague was 9-of-19 from the field with five assists and three rebounds. Millsap had eight rebounds.

With 30 3-point attempts, the Hawks broke their franchise playoff record for 3-point attempts with 30, and the 11 3s they made tied the second-highest playoff total in franchise history. Both records were set in a 26-point loss to Orlando on May 10, 1996, when Atlanta went 12-of-27 from beyond the arc.

They didn’t have any trouble pulling out a win with those totals Saturday.

An Indiana turnover in the closing seconds of the first half allowed Atlanta to tie it at 50 on a buzzer-beating putback, and it was all Atlanta after that.

The Hawks quickly jumped to a 58-50 lead early in the third, and when the Pacers rallied to get within 60-58, Teague and Millsap took over.

Millsap opened the decisive run with two free throws. Teague followed that with a driving layup, his only 3 of the game, another layup and two free throws. And when Millsap closed the run with a three-point play, the Pacers trailed 74-58.

They didn’t get within single digits again until Lance Stephenson’s 3 with 33.6 seconds left made it 99-91. But Atlanta closed it out at the free-throw line.

Warriors 109, Clippers 105

Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers in their playoff opener.

Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points to start the game before rallying in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points, fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Nets 94, Raptors 87

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, 94-87, in Game 1.

Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making 4 of 24 3-pointers.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Raptors.

Valanciunas is the second Raptors player to have a double-double in his postseason debut. Tracy McGrady had 25 points and 10 rebounds against New York in his first playoff game in 2000.

Valanciunas also set a Raptors record for playoff rebounds by surpassing Keon Clark, who had 16 against Detroit in 2002.

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