Hill scores 37, leads Pacers to win over Blazers
- Article by: JIM JOHNSON
- Associated Press
- February 7, 2014 - 9:40 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — George Hill had a career-high 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 118-113 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
David West scored a season-high 30 points and had 10 rebounds and Paul Geoege added 17 points for the Pacers (39-10), who have won 5 of 6 games.
Damian Lillard had 38 points and 11 assists and LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points for the Trail Blazers (35-15).
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.
Hill hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 103 to force overtime.
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.
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.
Indiana's newest addition was inactive. Andrew Bynum joined the team on Friday, a week after signing with the Pacers and over a month after being suspended indefinitely by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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 rebounds. And the Pacers trailed just 50-45 at the break.
The Pacers went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter. C.J. Watson scored 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.
NOTES: Stephenson averages 14.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists a game. He's started every game he's played this year and has missed just one game, on Jan. 8. 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.
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