George Hill walked into work on Friday morning with a song in his heart and a swagger to his step. It seemed as if nothing could ruin his day. Neither the absence of his starting backcourt mate nor the struggles of his All-Star teammate could derail Hill. Not even the harangued, croaky baritone he heard all night from David West would knock him off his game. On Friday night, all these factors helped explain why Hill played the game of his life in the Indiana Pacers 118-113 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Hill reached a career-best 37 points while using his length for nine rebounds and his vision for eight assists. "George Hill's a special player," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after the point guard helped lead him to the 150th win of his career. Vogel also shared praise to the other player who helped him reach the milestone. "I could see the look on David West's face to carry everyone on his back." West, the co-star of the evening, recorded a season-high with 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds and one major steal in the overtime session. When Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge tried to save a ball while falling out of bounds near the Pacers' rim, West snatched the bad pass and slammed it home with 1:37 remaining to give Indiana the 111-107 lead. "It was fun," Hill said about the win.
George Hill scores 37 as Pacers win 118-113 in overtime
Indianapolis Star | Feb 8