In the euphoria of the moment, grown men could not contain themselves as they entered the victorious visitor's locker room.

"Game 7!" Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard roared through a smile. "Game 7!"

"One more!" the normally stoic assistant coach Dan Burke shouted after watching Indiana survive with the 95-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night to extend the series to, of course, one more game.

Then, David West appeared in the hallway. And since 'giddy' is likely a disallowed word in his vocabulary, a frown covered his face. He never cheered or exposed a sign of happiness. But just like during the rocky and nervous moments of the fourth quarter when Philips Arena turned into a crazy house and the Pacers faced elimination, West remained composed.

West scored 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting and shepherded the Pacers with three major plays during the team's late comeback.

That's how the big boys do it.

"He's our rock," coach Frank Vogel said. "There's no other way to put it."

The Pacers will host Game 7 in Indianapolis on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised on TNT.

On Thursday night, Vogel trotted out Chris Copeland to early success and sent Rasual Butler to the floor for the first time all series. But if Thursday night would have turned out be the Pacers' last of the 2013-14, they were going out as themselves.