Indiana forward David West would have none of it.
The teams alternated wins through the first six games of the first-round series. Game 7 will be Saturday in Indianapolis.
"We've played all year for this, to get to Game 7s in our building," West said. "The energy is going to be great. We just have to handle our business."
The Pacers were 41-12 at the All-Star break, but they unraveled in the final months of the regular season and were in danger of becoming the sixth No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 8 seed in the first round of the playoffs.
"We've responded well all year when we've been in difficult situations," ATLANTA coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Part of our response is going to have to be better execution. That's the challenge for us going into Game 7 -- to execute on both ends of the court and have the activity, the competitiveness, the togetherness that it's going to take. That's what playoff basketball is about."
Indiana was in control in the third quarter and had quieted the crowd before a thunderous one-handed dunk by ATLANTA forward Mike Scott electrified Philips Arena and completely changed the momentum. The Hawks closed the quarter on a 13-5 run and took a 67-64 lead into the fourth quarter. Teague scored the Hawks' last six points of the quarter, including a dazzling spin move and layup that gave ATLANTA its first lead since early in the second quarter.
"This was a gutsy win for our guys," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "I'm very proud of them. They overcame a few furious runs by the Hawks, especially late in the third quarter. Paul George was in foul trouble, and they just brought down the house with a few plays. Our guys could have wilted at that point, but they didn't."
In a back-and-forth first half, Indiana withstood an early surge by the Hawks before grabbing the lead in the second quarter. Pacers point guard George Hill hit a deep 3-pointer as time expired on the second quarter, sending Indiana to locker room up 44-39.
"We're a confident bunch," Teague said. "We've won on that floor before, so we know we can do it. We just have to go out there and do what we do and play our style of basketball, and it will take care of itself."
NOTES: Indiana PG George Hill and ATLANTA F Mike Scott got into a physical altercation late in the first half. Both received technical fouls. ... Pacers coach Frank Vogel inserted reserve F Chris Copeland into the Game in the first quarter. Copeland rewarded his coach with a 3-pointer that cut ATLANTA's lead to 22-20 at the end of the quarter, and he finished with five points in 18 minutes. ... Indiana C Roy Hibbert, who has struggled throughout the season, picked up two fouls in the first seven minutes and did not play the rest of the first half. He finished with no points and two rebounds in 12 minutes. ... Actor and hip-hop artist Ludacris was among an announced sellout crowd at Philips Arena. ... A moment of silence was observed before the Game to honor longtime NBA coach and analyst Jack Ramsay, who died Monday. ... The Hawks are in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, the longest streak in the Eastern Conference. Their last playoff series win came in 2010-11.