Pacers final score: Pacers down Blazers in OT 118-113

Andy Lyons

George Hill scored a career best 37 with David West scoring a season high 30 to down Damian Lillard (38) and LaMarcus Aldridge (22) and the Trail Blazers.

The Indiana Pacers wrapped up a thrilling victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers in overtime thanks to George Hill and David West. The Pacers struggled offensively and defensively early, getting outscored in the first quarter 28-16, but they closed the game to five at the break. In the third quarter, the Pacers turned to West and Hill to overcome the absence of Lance Stephenson and the struggles of Paul George and Roy Hibbert.

The Pacers took a brief lead in third quarter, but a four point play byDamian Lillard would put them up eight before Hill responded to cut the lead to six after three. In the fourth quarter, the Blazers continued to hold the Pacers at arm's length thanks to Wesley Matthews having a huge fourth. Nicolas Batum put the Blazers up three with 22 seconds to go, and Hill sunk in a big three pointer to tie the game, sending into overtime. After falling behind quickly in overtime, the Pacers ran off a 10-2 run with big plays to help seal the well deserved victory.

Hill had a career high 37 points on 11-19 shooting with eight rebounds and seven rebounds. David West was 13-16 for 30 points, a season high, and 10 rebounds. Lillard had a game high 38 points while LaMarcus Aldridgescored 22.

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