Final Score: Indiana 82, Memphis 81
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - The top two defenses in the NBA were on full
display Monday in the annual Martin Luther King Day game.
George Hill split a pair of go-ahead free throws with 1.4 seconds left in
the Indiana Pacers' 82-81 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Rudy Gay banked in a difficult shot at the top of the key over the
outstretched arms of Paul George following a timeout, but Gay didn't get the
shot off in time.
Indiana allowed 89.3 points per game coming in, while Memphis gave up 89.6
points per contest. The tilt featured 19 lead changes and 10 ties.
George was an assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 12 points, 10
rebounds and nine helpers for the Pacers, who have won 16 of their last 21
games since a sluggish start.
"We know how hard Memphis is to beat in this building. They're one of the top
five or six teams in the whole league. This is a good confidence builder for
us," Indiana forward David West said.
Wayne Ellington had 17 points off the bench to lead Memphis, which has dropped
four of its last six contests.
"We knew it was going to be a defensive battle and it was going to be a tough
game. They made plays down the stretch," Memphis guard Tony Allen said.
After Mike Conley's 3-pointer from the right wing capped a 9-2 spurt for a
one-point Memphis edge, George came back with a triple from the left wing to
put the Pacers back on top, 81-79, with 1:42 to go.
Hill lost the ball out of bounds at the other end and the Grizzlies needed
four tries before tying the score.
Allen's layup was blocked by Roy Hibbert, but got his own rebound before Gay
missed a fallaway jumper that was well defended by George. Allen again
snatched the board, but Conley's driving layup was blocked, again by Hibbert.
Hibbert corralled the ball momentarily, but Allen stripped him from behind and
fed Zach Randolph for a layup and an 81-81 deadlock with 10.5 ticks remaining.
Hill, though, was fouled by Conley on a drive to the bucket on Indiana's
ensuing possession. He misfired on his first foul shot before swishing the
Memphis took a slim 27-26 advantage after a quarter of play, but Indiana
outscored the hosts 17-12 in the second before taking a 43-39 cushion into the
The Pacers led 65-63 after three.
Indiana turned the ball over 20 times, which led to 18 points ... West had
five blocks and Hibbert added four swats ... Hill finished with 13 points,
four rebounds and four assists ... Indiana snapped a four-game losing
streak in Memphis.
01/21 20:07:20 ET
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