ATLANTA -- The undersized Atlanta Hawks are making Indiana look like a high-scoring power.
The Pacers ranked 23rd in the NBA with fewer than 95 points per game in the regular season. Led by forward Paul George, Indiana has picked up the pace in the playoffs. The Pacers have averaged 110 points in winning the first two games of the first-round series.
Hawks coach Larry Drew said Thursday his team has struggled with the bigger Pacers, including 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert and 6-9 power forward David West.
"Right now they're a tough team for us to match up against," Drew said. "They're big. They're athletic."
With George, also 6-9, at small forward, the Pacers' front line was bigger at every spot in Wednesday night's 113-98 win at Indiana. The Hawks matched the Pacers' size only at point guard, where Atlanta's Jeff Teague and Indiana's George Hill are 6-2.
Drew hoped his team's quickness would make up for the size disadvantage. He started two point guards -- Devin Harris and Teague -- in an attempt to emphasize quickness. Harris led the Hawks with 17 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome George's 27 points and eight rebounds and Hibbert's 15 points and nine rebounds.