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             === Hill leads balanced attack as Pacers top Suns ===
 Indianapolis,  IN (Sports  Network) -  George Hill  scored 22  points and  the
 Indiana  Pacers ran  their winning  streak to  a season-high  four games  with
 a 97-91 decision over the Phoenix Suns at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
 Hill  went 9-of-13  from the  field  to lead  five Indiana  players in  double
 figures,  and the  Pacers bounced  back  after squandering  a 16-point  third-
 quarter advantage to record their fourth consecutive victory at home as well.
 David West netted eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Indiana
 prevail, while Paul George added 15 points and Roy Hibbert pulled down a game-
 high 14 rebounds in the triumph.
 "I  just  tried to be  aggressive," said West. "You  can't run away from those
 situations. You have got to be willing to make plays at the end."
 Sebastian  Telfair, starting in place of an injured Goran Dragic, registered a
 season-best  19 points -- 13 of which came after halftime -- to spur Phoenix's
 near-comeback.  The Suns  ultimately came  up short,  however, and  were dealt
 their fourth straight defeat and seventh road setback in a row.
 Marcin Gortat finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause.
 The  Suns  trailed by  a 66-50  count four  minutes into  the second half, but
 slowly  climbed back in  it and tied the score at 81-81 on Telfair's steal and
 layup  with  6:20 left to play.  After another Indiana turnover on the ensuing
 possession,  Jermaine  O'Neal drew  a foul  and sank both  free throws to give
 Phoenix its first lead since the game's initial stages.
 The  contest remained deadlocked  at 85-85 with under 3 1/2 minutes to go, but
 West  sent the Pacers  back in front with a jumper and George converted a pair
 from the line following an unsuccessful offensive series by the Suns.
 Telfair  turned it over shortly afterward, and West knocked down two more foul
 shots with 1:25 remaining to put Indiana on top by a 91-85 score.
 Jared  Dudley gave Phoenix some life by burying a 3-pointer just seven seconds
 later,  but  West countered with  a step-back jumper  and the Pacers made four
 free throws down the stretch to hold on.
 "We  haven't been  able to make winning  plays to close out games," Suns coach
 Alvin  Gentry said. "Once again we have one of those games where we can say it
 was a good effort, but we have nothing to show for it."
 Indiana  shot  a scorching 61.1  percent from the field  to build a 27-20 edge
 after  one quarter,  and later went up by double digits before Phoenix trimmed
 the deficit to 37-34 near the midway mark of the second with an 8-0 spurt.
 George  and Hill then led the Pacers on a 15-2 tear, with the latter's 3-point
 basket with 2:45 left in the half giving his club a commanding 52-36 lead.
 Hill  finished  with  15  points  on  a  perfect  6-for-6  shooting  prior  to
 intermission as Indiana went into the break with a 58-44 advantage.
 Phoenix's  rally began  with an 8-0 third-quarter run that pulled the visitors
 within  66-58, and the Suns drew closer when Luis Scola's second-chance bucket
 with 13.3 seconds to play in the frame trimmed the differential to 75-71.
 Michael  Beasley then  began the fourth quarter with a successful outside shot
 to  make  it a  two-point affair, and  the game stayed  tight until the Pacers
 began to gain some late breathing room.
                                   Game Notes
 Dragic sat out the contest with a bruised hip suffered during Wednesday's loss
 to the New York Knicks ... Phoenix's seven-game road skid is its longest since
 dropping  seven  straight away from  home from Dec.  1-26, 2009 ... The Pacers
 halted  a string of  four straight losses in the series and bested Phoenix for
 only  the third  time in the last  14 matchups between the teams ... Indiana's
 Gerald  Green returned  to action after missing Saturday's game at New Orleans
 with an ankle injury and chipped in eight points in 20 minutes.
 12/29 01:53:07 ET