Indiana Pacers defeat Portland in overtime
George Hill collected 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead host Indiana to a 118-113 overtime victory over Portland.
The Associated Press and The Sacramento Bee
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. Hill had a career-high 37 points and added nine rebounds and eight assists, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 118-113 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Guard Hill forced overtime with a three-pointer to tie the score at 103 with eight seconds left in regulation. Paul George, who scored 17 points, missed a three-pointer, but Danny Granger grabbed the offensive 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 three. The best way to do it is off an offensive rebound.”
David West scored a season-high 30 points and had 10 rebounds for the Pacers (39-10).
Damian Lillard had 38 points and 11 assists and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points for the Trail Blazers (35-15).
“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 total, but it was needed against statistically the league’s best offensive team.
Pacers forward Lance Stephenson was out with a sore lower back. He was injured during a fall in Indiana’s 89-85 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday.
• Steve Nash celebrated his 40th birthday by scoring a season-high 19 points as the visiting Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-98.
Former Washington Husky Tony Wroten Jr. scored 16 for Philadelphia, which lost its fifth straight game.
• Tobias Harris slammed home a fast-break pass from Maurice Harkless an instant before the buzzer, lifting the host Orlando Magic over the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-102.
Harris led the Magic with 18 points.
Kevin Durant had 29 points and 12 assists for the Thunder, which had won 12 of its previous 13 games.
• Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in three quarters, then watched from the bench as the host New York Knicks ran away from his old team in the fourth to rout Denver 117-90.
• Jared Sullinger scored a career-high 31 points and added 16 rebounds and host Boston went on a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to defeat Sacramento 99-89.
DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings and former UW Husky Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points.
Thomas and Jerryd Bayless of the Celtics got technical fouls after becoming tangled in the fourth quarter. Thomas was standing over Bayless, and Cousins stepped in to separate them.
“I don’t like him,” Thomas said of Bayless. “End of story. He’s a fake tough guy.”
• Andre Drummond had 16 points and 22 rebounds to lead Detroit to a 111-95 victory over visiting Brooklyn.
• Blake Griffin scored 36 points and Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, added 21 to help the host Los Angeles Clippers beat Toronto 118-105.
DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and eight assists for the Raptors.