Hawks Beat Pacers to Level NBA Playoff Series at Two Games Each

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Josh Smith #5 and Johan Petro #10 of the Atlanta Hawks defend against Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 29, 2013. Close

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Josh Smith #5 and Johan Petro #10 of the Atlanta Hawks defend against Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 29, 2013.

The Atlanta Hawks beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 102-91 to level their National Basketball Association playoff series at two games apiece.

The best-of-seven first-round series now returns to Indianapolis for Game 5 on May 1.

Also in the Eastern Conference tonight, the Brooklyn Nets avoided elimination with a 110-91 home win against the Bulls, who lead the series by three games to two ahead of Game 6 in Chicago on May 2.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, the top seed in the Western Conference, would sweep the Rockets with a win in Houston in tonight’s last game.

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