The Hawks didn’t just steal back home-court advantage. It was more like grand theft larceny.

The Hawks led by as many as 30 points and then held on for a 107-97 victory over the Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Hawks, who led the best-of-seven series 3-2, are on the verge of doing something only five other teams in NBA history have accomplished. The eight seeds are one win away from knocking off a one seed. The Hawks can close out the Pacers when the series returns to Atlanta for Game 6 Thursday.

The Pacers rallied in the fourth quarter and got as close as nine points, 96-87. Kyle Korver drained a 3-pointer with 3:41 left to give the Hawks back a double-digit advantage.

Shelvin Mack led the Hawks with 20 points. Paul Millsap (18 points), DeMarre Carroll (15), Mike Scott (17), Korver (16) and Jeff Teague (12) all added double-figures.

Paul George led the Pacers with a game-high 26 points.
The Hawks – led by Scott and Mack – had an epic second quarter to build the substantial lead.