George Hill did not have one of his better nights for the Indiana Pacers when he scored only two points Wednesday. But Hill was able to come off an injury to play the game and contribute to a strong Indiana effort on the road in a 101-92 NBA victory over the dangerous Houston Rockets.
The fact that the Rockets had been playing as well as anybody in the NBA should serve notice that this road victory for the Pacers puts plenty of stock in their upcoming bid for an impressive postseason.
The Pacers showed plenty of poise and their defense was outstanding in limiting James Harden to 6-of-24 from the floor for only 22 points. The Rockets were 32-of-86 for 38.6 percent and any time a team shoots like that, the opponents have an excellent chance of winning. That’s what paid off for Hill and the Pacers against the very dangerous Rockets, who have been tough to beat lately home or away.
Hill didn’t look 100 percent, considering he was coming off an injury, and only shot 1-of-11 but still put in 38 strong minutes and recorded five assists plus four rebounds. It wasn’t exactly the usual night for Hill, who is averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game and shooting 45 percent from the floor this season. He also played no small role in a great team defensive effort.
But Hill’s presence energized the Pacers and the result was a huge road win. It could also give the Pacers additional confidence as they get ready for the playoffs. If they can win at Houston, why not Miami?