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Philly wouldn't go away but eventually the Pacers put them away with key shots down the stretch.
Late in the fourth quarter, George Hill burst down the court in transition while catching a glimpse of Paul George sprinting on the right wing all by his lonesome. Hill hesitated at the top of the key to draw a defender and then kicked it out to George who made yet another three-pointer.
Once again, the Pacers kept the Philadelphia 76ers at bay. Then in the final two minutes, Hill called his own number, as he knocked down a pair of knock out threes to, temporarily at least, break out from a shooting slump to make the big shots.
Paul George led the Pacers with 28 points (five of seven from three land, as well) while Hill logged a triple-double. Hill's last rebound came after the final buzzer as the stats crew gave him a rebound he snared from Roy Hibbert which was initially given to Hibbert. I recall the play and assume the stat folks were giving the big fella the benefit of the doubt on that one, since Hill did control the rebound.
After the game, Hill spoke about the team effort with the G2 Zone boys doing their thing at various points in the game along with Roy Hibbert starting strong and David West giving some big plays in the second half.
"That's how we were last year," Hill said. "At any given time, you know it's DWest's time or my time or it's Paul's time or Danny's time or Roy's time. Any time you have players that can have breakout games on any given night, it makes it tough for teams to guard you."
The Pacers have to back up their Friday win with another solid effort against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. The bench will need to pitch in a little more to keep the starters fresh for crunch time. The Pistons put in work on Friday, as well, losing in double-overtime at Brooklyn.
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