published Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Pacers force Game 7 with 95-88 win over Hawks

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    Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) shoots as Atlanta Hawks forward Elton Brand (42) defends in their Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Atlanta, Thursday, May 1, 2014.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA — David West led Indiana on a 16-4 run to end the game, extending the season for the top-seeded Pacers with a 95-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

Trailing 3-2 after losing at home for the second time in the best-of-seven series, Indiana was poised for an early summer when the Hawks pushed out to an 84-79 lead with just over 3 minutes remaining, cheered on by a raucous crowd.

But, for the fourth time in the series, the road team won.

West seemed to make every big play down the stretch, scoring four straight points and forcing a huge turnover to begin the turnaround. West hit two more baskets in the final minute to wrap things up, finishing with 24 points.

Game 7 is Saturday in Indianapolis.

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