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Hill scores 37, leads Pacers to win over Blazers

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm •  Published: February 7, 2014
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Indiana's newest addition was inactive. Andrew Bynum joined the team on Friday, a week after signing with the Pacers and over a month after being suspended indefinitely by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He played in 24 games for the Cavaliers this season, but hasn't played a game since Dec. 26. Pacers coach Frank Vogel doesn't expect the 7-foot center to play for several more weeks and said he wants to make sure Bynum is comfortable before throwing him into Indiana's rotations.

But the Pacers could have used his rebounding.

By halftime, the Trail Blazers had a 25-15 edge and held Indiana to no offensive boards.

The Pacers went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter. C.J. Watson made a free throw and Granger converted a 3-point play before Dorell Wright made two free throws, Watson made pair, Granger scored on a jumper and Rasual Butler hit a 3-pointer to make it 30-27 with 8:10 left in the first half.

Lillard scored to give the Trail Blazers 44-35 lead with 3:29 left in the second quarter. Then the Pacers went on 8-2 run capped off with a shot by Hibbert to make it 46-43.

Aldridge answered with a basket and West scored for Indiana before Lillard scored a wide-open layup with 2 seconds left to give the Trail Blazers a five point halftime lead.

Pacers forward Lance Stephenson was out with a sore lower back. He was injured during a fall in Indiana's 89-85 win over Atlanta on Tuesday.

Vogel said Stephenson bounces back from injuries quickly and doesn't expect him to miss many games.

NOTES: Stephenson has started every game he's played in this year and has missed just one game. Granger, who finished with seven points and six rebounds, started for Stephenson in that game in January and started Friday night's game, too. It's the only two starts for Granger in nearly two years. ... The Trail Blazers were without guard Mo Williams, who missed the game because of personal reasons. . Portland outrebounded the Pacers 47-46. It was the first time the Pacers were outrebounded in seven games.