Hawks rout Pacers 107-88, boost playoff hopes

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) tips the basketball away from Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) tips the basketball away from Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 25 points in the Atlanta Hawks’ 107-88 rout Sunday of the reeling Indiana Pacers, who were held to a franchise-low 23 points in the first half of an embarrassing performance on their home floor.

The Hawks (34-42) have won three of four and extended their lead over the Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference to two full games.

The Pacers (53-25) have lost four of five and fell a full game behind Miami in their quest for the No. 1 seed in the East. Paul George scored 18 points and David West had 17 on a night All-Star center Roy Hibbert did not play the final 30 minutes.

Atlanta jumped to a 9-0 lead, extended the margin to 33-11 after one and 55-23 at the half.

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