George Hill Has Big Night While Indiana Pacers Stumble

By John Raffel
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers are having a tremendous season and George Hill’s performances have been among the reasons.

But as the Los Angeles Lakers, without a healthy Kobe Bryant proved Friday night, even a team like the Pacers have to make sure they’re ready to play at all times. With the NBA playoffs coming up, they need to be playing at their best right now. That didn’t happen on Friday.

The Lakers scored a surprising 99-93 victory at Indiana, even with Bryant lasting only one quarter after trying to play on a severely left sprained ankle. The Pacers, 26-8 at home with the NBA‘s best record, didn’t quite have that home magic against the Lakers.

But it was an impressive performance for Hill who continues to have a banner season regardless of if his team wins or loses.

Hill scored 27 points against the Lakers. But he was one of the few Pacers to have a decent evening. He was very impressive in almost 40 minutes of intense action and shot 11-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-9 in three-pointers. He had three assists and a steal plus, just one turnover.

It will be up to Hill to help the Pacers regain their confidence after sustaining losses to the Miami Heat and Lakers this week.

He’s having an excellent season with 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game. His scoring was phenomenal on Friday, but he was putting up a healthy amount of shots. The Pacers need to see that from him every game for the rest of the season.

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