Pacers hold on to defeat Grizzlies 82-81

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Having committed eight turnovers, Indiana guard George Hill was looking to do something positive for his team when he stepped to the free throw line with 1.4 seconds left.

Then Hill missed the first of two free throws.

"I missed the first one, and got a little nervous," Hill said of standing there between free throws with the game tied at 81.

Hill made the second, and the Pacers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 82-81 on Monday when Rudy Gay's bank shot was ruled to have come after the final buzzer.

"I think (the turnovers were) what rattled me a little bit," Hill said of the missed first shot. "I was thinking too much about the turnovers and me possibly redeeming myself to make it all look a little better."

Even after Hill made the second free throw for the lead, the Pacers had to endure a last-gasp effort by the Grizzlies.

Memphis guard Mike Conley inbounded the ball to Gay, who, with Paul George guarding him, took dribbled inside the 3-point line and fired a shot that banked in.

But officials ruled the shot came after the horn, a call confirmed on replay, and the Pacers left the floor with the victory.

"I think I kind of played him into that," George said of Gay running off too much clock with a dribble to create space before the shot. "I jammed his right hand, and that kind of took the whole time off. I didn't want him to catch and go to his strong hand and give him time to get his shot off."

Hill's clinching free throw gave him 13 points, and George finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Central Division-leading Pacers. David West led Indiana scorers with 14 points. Roy Hibbert scored 10 points.

Wayne Ellington led the Grizzlies with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including connecting on all three shots from outside the arc. Gay had 14 points, and Conley and Zach Randolph scored 13 apiece. Gay had eight rebounds and Randolph grabbed seven boards.

The game featured 19 lead changes and 10 ties, the final deadlock as Hill stepped to the line after Conley fouled him on a drive.

"I should have stopped him from getting into the paint," Conley said of the foul that had the Memphis faithful howling because of the last-second call. "It shouldn't have gotten to that point. They did their job, and I have to do mine."

The Pacers blocked 11 shots — five by West and four by Hibbert — a testament to their interior defense.

But Indiana had trouble taking care of the ball, committing 20 turnovers, compared to 15 for the Grizzlies.

Other statistical categories from rebounds (35-34 Grizzlies) to 14 second-chance points apiece were further indications of a close game.

"We knew it was going to be a defensive battle, and that it was going to be a tough game," Memphis guard Tony Allen said. "They made plays down the stretch. We have to pay attention to details. We have to communicate on the defensive end and execute offensively."

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