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April 25, 2013

George lifts Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George followed his triple-double by scoring a playoff career-high 27 points to lead Indiana past Atlanta 113-98 on Wednesday night.

The Pacers lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-0 and have won four straight home games over the Hawks. It’s the first time Indiana has held a 2-0 series lead since the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals.

George, playing in his first game since being named the league’s Most Improved Player, was 11 of 21 from the field, had eight rebounds, three assists and four steals and again played well defensively. George Hill had 22 points.

Atlanta was led by Devin Harris with 17 points. Jeff Teague and Josh Smith both had 16. The Hawks head home for Game 3 on Saturday.

Indiana again took control late in the first quarter and never trailed again.

The Hawks did play with more passion after being chastised by coach Larry Drew for not playing through calls and getting “manhandled” by the Pacers in Game 1.

Spurs 102, Lakers 91: Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 16 points each, Manu Ginobili added 13 points and Matt Bonner had 10 for San Antonio.

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