Published February 08. 2014 4:00AM
Pacers 118, Trail Blazers 113 (OT)
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.
Hill had a career-high 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading Indiana to an overtime victory over Portland.
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 Paul George added 17 points for thePacers (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.
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."
Indiana's newest addition was inactive. Andrew Bynum joined the team on Friday, a week after signing with thePacers 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.
Magic 103, Thunder 102
Tobias Harris slammed home a fast-break pass from Maurice Harkless at the buzzer, lifting the Orlando Magic over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder led 102-101 in the closing seconds when Kevin Durant missed a jumper to set up the last-second play. Harris' dunk was reviewed by officials and upheld.
Harris led the Magic with 18 points and Arron Afflalo had 16. Orlando has its first four-game home winning streak in two years.
Durant led the Thunder with 29 points and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka added 26 points.
The loss was just the second in 14 games for Oklahoma City.
Clippers 118, Raptors 105
Blake Griffin scored 19 of his 36 points in the first quarter and Jamal Crawford added 21, leading the Clippers to a victory over the Raptors in a matchup of division leaders.
DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the defending Pacific Division champions, who are 12-6 since Chris Paul separated his right shoulder on Jan. 3. Jordan attempted 22 free throws and converted a career-high 10 after entering the game averaging 43.4 percent from the foul line.
DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and eight assists for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who concluded their road trip 2-3.
Pistons 111, Nets 95
Andre Drummond had 16 points and 22 rebounds, Brandon Jennings narrowly missed a triple-double and Detroit beat Brooklyn.
Jennings finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Detroit had six players in double figures.
With the Nets resting Kevin Garnett, the starting lineup struggled badly, combining for just 42 points. Jason Terry's 18 off the bench helped Brooklyn rally late.
The Nets had no answer for Detroit inside. When the Pistons weren't feeding Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe in the post, Rodney Stuckey and Jennings were driving to the basket with ease.
Smith finished with 23 points and Drummond and Kyle Singler had 16 apiece.
Joe Johnson added 16 for the Nets.
Lakers 112, 76ers 98
Steve Nash celebrated his 40th birthday by scoring a season-high 19 points as Los Angeles beat the Philadelphia.
Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman each scored 17 for the Lakers. Los Angeles won its second straight after losing seven in a row.
Tony Wroten scored 16 for Philadelphia, which lost its fifth straight game and seventh in a row at home.
Nash played more like a guy who was a two-time NBA MVP a decade ago instead of the oldest player in the league. Banged up this season, he had five assists, four rebounds and shot 8 for 15.
Mavericks 103, Jazz 81
Monta Ellis scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Utah, matching a season high with their fourth straight win.
All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points while playing only 26½ minutes for the Mavericks, who moved a season-best nine games over. 500 at 30-21. It is only the second time they have been that far above the break-even mark since their 2010-11 NBA championship season.
The Jazz lost their fourth game in a row. Starting center Derrick Favors was back after missing three games with an inflamed right hip and reserve forward Jeremy Evans had missed two games with a bruised tailbone and bruised right elbow.
Pelicans 98, Timberwolves 91
Anthony Davis responded to his selection to the Western Conference All-Star squad with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Minnesota.
Eric Gordon scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to fuel New Orleans' comeback, while Davis, who was appointed by to the All-Star team in place of injured Kobe Bryant earlier in the day, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked his only shot in the final period.
Brian Roberts added 16 points, including a 22-foot pullup jumper to make it 96-91 with 22 seconds left, and the Pelicans made 13 of 20 shots in the fourth quarter, outscoring Minnesota 37-20 in the period.
Kevin Love had 26 points and 19 rebounds for Minnesota, while Corey Brewer had 16 points and Kevin Martin 15.
Cavaliers 115, Wizards 113
Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Kyrie Irving had 23 points and tied a career high with 12 assists to help Cleveland break its six-game skid with a victory over Washington.
The Cavaliers played without their second leading scorer, Luol Deng, who was out with flu-like symptoms. Irving missed Friday's shootaround because of illness, but managed to hit all 13 free throws he attempted.
John Wall led Washington with 32 points and 10 assists. The Wizards trailed by 14 early in the fourth quarter. Wall led a late charge with nine points in the game's last two minutes. Martell Webster the second of two late 3-pointers with 2.9 seconds to go to cut the lead to 115-113.