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Tweets Of The Night: Pacers Beat Hawks, Clinch Playoff Spot

Apr 8, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) signs autographs for fans after a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Pacers won 127-112. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) signs autographs for fans after a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Pacers won 127-112. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Indiana Pacers played for their playoff lives against an Atlanta Hawks team that decided to rest its top-five scorers. On paper, the Pacers should cruise to a win to lock up the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference… but these are the Pacers. Nothing regarding this team is ever easy.

Here’s how Pacers fans & media reacted to the game on Twitter

PREGAME

Well that helps… in theory.

Nothing is assured. Not with these Pacers. Not this season.

*sings* “Passionate from miles away…”

That would work…

Nothing quite like playoff-ish basketball. I think we’re ready.

1ST QUARTER

Pacers down by six early with some very ugly offense. Air balls galore. The effort is there, the execution is lacking.

Pacers trail by one at the first timeout.

The Pacers take their first lead of the game after the nervy start.

After two air balls from Lance Stephenson, the Pacers go on an 8-0 run to end the quarter.

2ND QUARTER

https://twitter.com/Pacers/status/852320992017960960

3J has arrived… three early three-pointers.

Let’s just say he bounced back quite nicely from those air balls. Getting into the lane and getting shots for Miles, rebounding like a mad man. His energy is infectious. Pacers +11.

The help? Yeah, it’s not coming. Meanwhile, the Hawks have cut an 11 point lead to two midway through the quarter.

PG slips on a wet spot getting a rebound. Scary for about 10 seconds, but seems to be okay.

We know the feeling. *shrug*

A sloppy half of basketball from both teams, but these Hawks aren’t going anywhere.

3RD QUARTER

Teague starts the half scoring 7 straight points. Pacers build the lead to 14 & force a Hawks timeout with a 9-2 run to start the half.

Pacers fans are not exactly fond of Mr. Ellis tonight. This is one of the nicest tweets about Monta.

Jeff has 14 points in the quarter so far.

Oh yeah, let’s not forget about that guy… he’s pretty good too.

“You have come so far… you’ve got so far to go” © D’Angelo

Precisely.

4TH QUARTER

An uneven stint by the bench (plus Thad). The clock isn’t moving nearly fast enough. PG, Myles, and Jeff will return after a timeout.

3) Larry Bird & plodding big men for an (allegedly) up-tempo team.

Hawks on an 11-4 run. Pacers lead is only 9.

A crazy and-one. The All-Star is here.

Help yourselves, Pacers.

C’mon, NBA media. Do the right thing. All-NBA team, please and thank you.

And it was a non-contact injury. Not great, Bob.

Yeah, let’s not make this a worse night.

Well, they did it. The Pacers fight off a pesky Hawks bunch to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Indiana is the 7th seed… and their reward???

Ohhhhh… those guys. The defending NBA champs.

Wait, are we sure about this?

Oh yeah, this is could fun.