Friday, December 14th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: IND 95, PHI 85
by Scott Agness
Editor's Note: George Hill's triple-double was later changed after officials took away an assist.
A big night from Indiana’s Georges—Paul George and George Hill—helped the Pacers (12-11) record their second-straight victory. Paul George scored a game-high 28 points and Hill registered his first career triple-double en route to a 95-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers (12-11).
Forced to go with a different lineup because of Jrue Holiday’s injury, the Sixers placed Nick Young in the starting lineup and he responded by scoring the Sixers’ first two field goals. Less than two minutes in, Coach Vogel moved Paul George over to guard Young instead than Gerald Green. The teams traded the lead 11 times in the quarter and the Pacers closed the stanza on a 8-2 run to go up 25-20.
Indiana went up nine early in the second but then the Sixers used a 12-2 run over a five-minute stretch. The Pacers regained the lead and looked like they’d take a four-point edge into the locker room after David West rebounded his own miss and laid it in with five seconds remaining. But things changed in a hurry. George fouled Damien Wilkins, who went to the line and made both free throws. Then Evan Turner stole West’s inbounds pass for an easy layup. To make matters worse, West threw the ensuing inbounds out of bounds and after a timeout, Spencer Hawes nailed a fadeaway as time expired. The Pacers went from up four to down two, in 3.4 seconds.
Evan Turner scored the first bucket of the second half, but then the Pacers rattled off eight points in a row from four different players to go ahead by four. George then took over, scoring the Pacers next eight points. Turner tallied nine points (going 4-for-5 from the field) while playing the all 12 minutes and the Sixers were within five with one quarter remaining.
Although the Pacers led the entire fourth quarter, the win wasn’t secure until the final minute as the Sixers hung around. Up 89-85, Paul George blocked shots on back-to-back possessions, leading to an easy flush from Roy Hibbert and a dagger 3-pointer from Hill. The Pacers defeated the Sixers 95-85 to push above .500.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George led all scorers with 28 points. He has now averaged 25 points in the last six games.
George Hill recorded his first triple-double: 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Roy Hibbert had his best game of the season, posting his seventh double-double this year with 19 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.
Evan Turner had a double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) for the seventh time this season. Spencer Hawes scored 18 points off the bench.
With only one block tonight, Roy Hibbert’s streak of at least two rejections ends at 16 games.
The Pacers shot a season-high 57 percent from downtown. They were 8-for-14; Paul George by himself went 5-for-7.
“Really good win by our club. A couple guys had exceptional nights on the offense end…That’s what we want to do on the defense end – make them make tough shots. (We) held them to 26 points in the paint and it held up.” – Frank Vogel on the win
“Paul (George) has been playing this way for a couple weeks now and it’s really exciting to see. Combined with what he does on the defensive end, he’s becoming a special player.” – Frank Vogel on Paul George
“It’s about taking care one game at a time, step by step. The more we can do early, before February, then the better off we’ll be with our great February schedule, playing so many home games.” – George Hill on moving over .500
“Maybe at the park or something growing up. Nothing as far as keeping records. I’m proud of it.” – George Hill on whether he’s had a triple-double before
Stat of the Game
Indiana won the boards 48-36, and 14 offensive rebounds resulted in 20 second-chance points.
- The Pacers have won three of their last four meetings with the Sixers.
- Thanks to George Hill’s triple-double, Indiana Members Credit Union will donate 1,000 backpacks to city kids.
- Lance Stephenson missed his first game of the season, due to a sprained right ankle.
- Evan Turner earned a technical foul in the fourth quarter.
- The Pacers held a moment of silence before the game for the events taking place at a Connecticut elementary school.
- Former Pacers player Fred Jones (2002-06), Washington Nationals’ pitcher Drew Storen, and former IndyCar driver Scott Goodyear were on hand.
- C – Roy Hibbert | All-Star Voting »
- F – David West | All-Star Voting »
- F – Paul George | All-Star Voting »
- G – George Hill | All-Star Voting »
The Pacers travel to Detroit for another divisional game tomorrow night (7:30 PM EST).