After allowing 11 3-pointers in the opener and eight more in the first half Tuesday, the Pacers gave up just two over the final 24 minutes of Game 2.
The combination allowed Indiana to salvage a sorely needed split of the opening two games — despite chasing the Hawks for most of the first half.
The Pacers appeared to be in trouble when they trailed 26-21 after the first quarter and fell into an 11-point hole in the second. They closed to 52-48 at the break and carried the momentum over into their strong second half.
Hill’s 7-foot runner with 8:34 left in the third tied it at 59. Stephenson’s three-point play 36 seconds later gave Indiana the lead and George’s buzzer-beating 3 capped an 11-0 quarter-ending run. George celebrated by slowly walking to the corner of the court and yelling to the crowd, right in front of the Hawks bench.
Reserve Luis Scola added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers.