After two days of trying to diagnose the problems in their Game 1 loss, the Pacers made a few changes but mostly stayed the course and got back to playing the way they did in the first 40 games of the season.

They bodied up on guys, wore them down, played with an attitude and received a big night from Paul George, among others. The Pacers were the aggressors in the second half and mustered up a 32-6 run, including 19 straight in the third quarter, rolling past the Hawks 101-85 to knot their first round series at a game apiece before heading to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

The Pacers scored seven straight to open the game with Hibbert getting things started with a left-handed layup.

The key for Indiana is their defense, which was the NBA’s best during the regular season despite slugging their way through the final 30 games. The third period reminiscent of their early success. In fact, it was their most efficient quarter of the season – they shot 75 percent – that helped them get back on track.

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