Hawks forward Mike Scott threw down a poster dunk over Pacers center Ian Mahinmi during the third quarter of Indiana's 95-88 road victory in Game 6 on Thursday.
We officially have our early leader for "Dunk of the 2014 Playoffs."
With a little over three minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Pacers leading 59-52, Jeff Teague probed the defense on the right wing. Using a screen from Scott, Teague briefly had two defenders looking at him, and Scott smartly took advantage by cutting behind Paul George from the right angle to the paint.
Teague hit Scott with a bounce pass and Scott did the rest, rising high to throw down a cock-back, one-handed finish over the top of Mahinmi, who was unable to get high enough to contest the attempt. Poster time.
The dunk generated some significant momentum for the Hawks, but the Pacers were ultimately able to stave off elimination thanks to David West, who finished with 24 points (on 10-for-20 shooting), 11 rebounds and six assists and carried Indiana down the stretch. George added 24 points (on 7-for-18 shooting), eight rebounds and three assists in the win.
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Jeff Teague scored a game-high 29 points (on 9-for-21 shooting) and added three rebounds for Atlanta. Paul Millsap added 16 points (on 4-for-13 shooting), 18 rebounds and five assists in a losing effort. Scott finished with four points (on 2-for-9 shooting) and three rebounds.
The first-round series is now tied at three games apiece. Game 7 is set for the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana on Saturday.