NBA PLAYOFFS / EASTERN CONFERENCE : Davis and Davis Pick Up the Pace Against Hawks, 96-85

From Associated Press

Antonio Davis put on a show in the third quarter. Dale Davis wasn't quite so spectacular but was just as potent.

Antonio Davis came off the bench to score 12 of his 15 points in the third quarter as Indiana overcame a 12-point, first-half deficit Tuesday night and beat Atlanta, 96-85, in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.

Dale Davis, like Antonio Davis a power forward, started and played 41 minutes, grabbing 15 rebounds and scoring 14 points on seven-of-11 shooting.

Antonio Davis made seven of nine shots and had six rebounds in 23 minutes.

"I definitely tried to come out and play hard and hit the boards in the third quarter," said Antonio Davis, who scored three of his baskets after offensive rebounds.

Indiana has won 12 consecutive games, including all four it has played in the the postseason.

"I can't say enough about both Davises," Indiana Coach Larry Brown said. "We had to have some people come in off the bench and step up. These two kids have done it in every playoff game so far."

The top-seeded Hawks, who advanced to the second round for the first time since 1988 by beating Miami in five games, led during the first quarter, 23-11, and, 53-47, at halftime before Antonio Davis keyed a third-quarter surge.

"I think we just got tired in the third quarter," Atlanta center Jon Koncak said. "But they were tough inside, especially the Davis guys. They were 14 for 20 between them. That broke our backs."

Reggie Miller led five Pacers in double figures with 18 points. Danny Manning led the Hawks with 21.

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