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 in a big way.
Hill had a career-high 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 118-113 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
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 the Pacers (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).