Sleeping giant Roy Hibbert awakens as Pacers defeat Hawks in Game 7

The Pacers looked the best they have in months defeating the Atlanta Hawks 92-80 to move on to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Roy Hibbert awakened from his slumber and contributed nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in the first half helping Indiana to an 11 point lead at the break.

Paul Millsap, who coming in was averaging over 20 points a game in the series, was 0-9 in the first half. The Hawks as a team shot at just a 30% clip for the first two quarters.

Millsap hit his first shot of the second half providing Atlanta with some hope that he and the rest of the Hawks might get going.

The Hawks shooting woes continued after the break, unfortunately, until they got hot late in the third cutting it to an eight point deficit entering the final frame.

Paul George was just too much for Atlanta, however, as he was equal parts George "Iceman" Gervin and Bernard King finishing with 30 points and 11 boards.

Indiana faces off next against the Washington Wizards, who looked VERY good in the first round defeating the Bulls in 5, Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.

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