Final / OT
7:00 PM ET, February 7, 2014
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
George Hill scores career-high 37, lifts Pacers past Blazers in OT
INDIANAPOLIS -- George Hill knew there was something different about the way he felt when he showed up to the arena Friday. He didn't know it was going to turn out to be a career night.
"When I first walked in here today I was yelling at everybody, 'I don't know what it is, but I have a lot of energy,'" Hill said. "They said, 'Hopefully it carries to the court.'"
It did in a big way.
George Hill and David West carried the Pacers Friday night. The two combined for 67 points, 39 more than Indiana's other three starters combined.
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Hill forced overtime with a 3-pointer to tie the game at 103 with 8 seconds left in regulation. Paul George, who finished with 17 points, missed a 3-pointer, Granger grabbed a rebound and found Hill for the tying basket.
"Just trying to move to an open spot to get a shot up." Hill said. "I knew we needed a 3. The best way to do it is off an offensive rebound."
David West scored a season-high 30 points and had 10 rebounds, and George added 17 points for the Pacers (39-10), who have won 5 of 6 games.
George converted a steal into the go-ahead dunk with 3:48 left in overtime, putting the Pacers ahead 107-105. West dunked with 1:37 left to make it 111-107.
West scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to keep Indiana in the game. He made a jumper to tie it at 91 with 3:54 left in regulation and later tied the game at 97.
George made a 3 with 1:30 remaining to put the Pacers ahead 100-99, but then Wesley Matthews scored and Nicolas Batum made a pair of free throws to put the Trail Blazers ahead 103-100 before Hill tied the game.
"I thought we played well against a championship-level team who found a way to get it done," Lillard said. "That's what great teams do, find a way to get it done."
Indiana's 118 points was a season high, but it's what was needed to beat the league's best offensive team. More importantly, though, the Pacers just want to prove they can beat the league's best teams.
"Against the top teams, you have to get wins throughout the year," West said. "This is a good win for us and we talk about finishing strong before the All-Star break. I thought we prepared well for this and came in and had a good game."
He played in 24 games for the Cavaliers this season, but hasn't played a game since Dec. 26. Pacers coach Frank Vogel doesn't expect the 7-foot center to play for several more weeks and said he wants to make sure Bynum is comfortable before throwing him into Indiana's rotations.
But the Pacers could have used his rebounding.
By halftime, the Trail Blazers had a 25-15 edge and held Indiana to no offensive boards.
The Pacers went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter. C.J. Watson made a free throw and Granger converted a 3-point play before Dorell Wright made two free throws, Watson made pair, Granger scored on a jumper and Rasual Butler hit a 3-pointer to make it 30-27 with 8:10 left in the first half.
Lillard scored to give the Trail Blazers 44-35 lead with 3:29 left in the second quarter. Then the Pacers went on 8-2 run capped off with a shot by Hibbert to make it 46-43.
Aldridge answered with a basket and West scored for Indiana before Lillard scored a wide-open layup with 2 seconds left to give the Trail Blazers a five point halftime lead.
Pacers forward Lance Stephenson was out with a sore lower back. He was injured during a fall in Indiana's 89-85 win over Atlanta on Tuesday.
Vogel said Stephenson bounces back from injuries quickly and doesn't expect him to miss many games.
Stephenson has started every game he's played in this year and has missed just one game. .. Granger, who finished with seven points and six rebounds, started for Stephenson in that game in January and started Friday night's game, too. It's the only two starts for Granger in nearly two years. ... The Trail Blazers were without guard Mo Williams, who missed the game because of personal reasons. ... Portland outrebounded the Pacers 47-46. It was the first time the Pacers were outrebounded in seven games.
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Although the Blazers held the overall edge in offensive rebounding percentage, the Pacers' had a 40.7% offensive rebounding percentage after halftime compared with 23.1% for the Blazers. The Pacers did not grab a single offensive rebound in the first half for the second time in the last five seasons (Dec. 15, 2012 vs Pistons).[+]
Damian Lillard is one of eight NBA players with multiple 30-point/10-assist games this season.
David West scored 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting (87.5%) as the roll man in a pick-and-roll Friday against the Trail Blazers. He averaged 2.2 such points per game entering Friday.
Paul George shot 5-for-23 (21.7%) from the field Friday against the Trail Blazers, his fifth-worst shooting game this season. George scored four points on 2-for-14 (14.3%) shooting against Nicolas Batum as his primary defender. - Overall, Batum held the Pacers to nine points on 4-for-19 (21.1%) shooting when he was the primary defender on Friday.
With his game-tying 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds left, George Hill set his career high with 32 points.
George Hill scored a career-high 37 points Friday against the Trail Blazers, including a three-pointer with eight seconds to go in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Of his 19 field goal attempts, 13 of them (eight made) came against Damian Lillard or LaMarcus Aldridge as the primary ball defender. - Hill was 6-for-9 (66.7%) in the paint, tied for his most such makes in a game this season. - Hill was 5-for-9 (55.6%) and scored 16 points as the pick-and-roll ball handler. The rest of the Pacers were 3-for-17 (17.6%) for seven points when running such play.[+]
George Hill vs Lillard or Aldridge as Primary Defender, Friday vs Trail Blazers
From Elias: Damian Lillard is the first Trail Blazer with multiple games of 35+ points and 10+ assists in a season.
The Pacers are allowing a league-low 93.9 points per 100 possessions this season. It's the fewest points a team has allowed in that category dating back to 2003-04 when the Spurs gave up 91.6 and the Pistons allowed 92.5.
Portland hasn't won a playoff series since 1999-00. It's the longest active drought in the NBA.
Damian Lillard, currently in his second season, has already made 325 three-pointers for his career. That's ALREADY an NBA record through a player's first 2 seasons. The 3-point line was instituted in 1979-80.[+]
The Trail Blazers are just 4-5 since starting the season 31-9. Over the last 9 games, they are averaging just 99.3 points and connecting on 6.0 three-pointers (29.8 pct). Prior to that stretch, Portland was averaging 109.6 points while making 10.2 threes per game.[+]
Trail Blazers This Season
The Pacers' 16 points in the 1st quarter against the Blazers was their 2nd-fewest in an opening period at home this season (15 vs Pelicans on Jan. 4)
Pacers trailed 50-45 at halftime. No problem for them.. the Pacers are 14-7 when trailing at halftime, the best record among all teams.
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