Physical? You call that physical?

The Indiana Pacers didn’t think the Atlanta Hawks were too physical.

That’s basically what Pacers swingman Paul George said when he walked down court with both arms flexed in the second half.

The Hawks failed miserably in their bid to be physical and punk the Pacers defensively. Now the Pacers are headed to Atlanta with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA playoff series.

The Pacers overcame foul trouble to David West and Lance Stephenson dealing with a bruised right hip to beat the Hawks 113-98 Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“Not only were they being physical, but they were trying to take our airspace, trying to pressure us more defensively, trying to force more turnovers,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re a young team, but like I’ve said all the time, we’re not rookie young at most positions. Yeah, a good sign of maturity.”

Game 3 is Saturday in Atlanta, where the Pacers have lost 11 straight to the Hawks.

“They’re going to come out with desperation,” Pacers power forward David West said. “They’ll make some adjustments. We have to be able to withstand that first, second blow, especially being on the road.”

It was no secret that the Hawks were going to play more physical on Wednesday. All you had to do was pay attention to what Hawks coach Larry Drew said after Game 1 on Sunday and during the two days since to know that.

Drew even tried to pull a Larry Bird (the S-O-F-T line in the playoffs last season) and motivate his players by saying they got manhandled in Game 1. The Hawks kept their same starting lineup, but Drew used physical players DeShawn Stevenson, Ivan Johnson and Dahntay Jones earlier in the game.

The Pacers could have easily fallen for the Hawks’ trap of getting up in their airspace and greeting cuts through the lane with some kind of body contact.

The Pacers are used to playing physically, so they embraced what Atlanta was trying to do.

“It’s natural for us,” said George, who had 27 points. “We naturally play physical. It wasn’t like, ‘They’re playing physical, let’s retaliate.’ That’s how we approach the game in a physical way. We’re not interested in retaliating or injuring players; we’re going to play tough, but (we’re) not interested in all the other stuff.”