Welcome back as we continue our countdown of memorable playoff moments from Atlanta’s 10-year playoff streak.
#6: Mike Scott catches fire in Indiana
2014 First Round, Game 5 at Pacers
Talk about an unlikely playoff hero. This series had already been full of surprises as the eight-seeded Hawks had split the first four games with the top-seeded Pacers, forcing a crucial game 5 in Indiana. After the Pacers’ Game 4 victory that gave them home court advantage once again in the series, many assumed that Indiana would finally be able to take a series lead against the young Hawks in Game 5. Mike Scott, however, had other plans.
The game was a low-scoring affair through one quarter, but that all changed at the 11:07 mark of the second quarter when Scott buried a 3 pointer to give the Hawks a 24-21 lead. The very next possession, Atlanta ran the same play (a pick and pop between Scott and Shelvin Mack) and Scott drained another three from the same spot.
About 30 seconds later, Scott nailed another three from around the same spot on the court, this time using the glass. The next possession, Scott drained yet ANOTHER three pointer, this time off of a downscreen from noted sharpshooter Kyle Korver. There was simply nothing poor Luis Scola could do to stop the one-man onslaught. Scott had single-handedly given Atlanta a 12-point lead.
A few minutes later, on (you guessed it) another pick and pop, Scott drilled his fifth three pointer of the quarter, giving Atlanta a 21-point lead in front of a stunned Indiana crowd. Atlanta would go onto hold on in that game after a furious late rally by the Pacers; however, they were unable to close the series in Game 6 at home and eventually fell to the Pacers in Game 7. Still, Mike Scott provided a three-point clinic for the ages with his red-hot second quarter in Game 5.