INDIANAPOLIS – Darren Collison might want to get well soon.
While he has been recovering from a sore groin, backup point guard George Hill has proven capable as a starter. Hill had 15 points and seven assists to help the Indiana Pacers clinch a playoff spot by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-83 Friday night.
Indiana has won all three games Hill has started. He has averaged 16.7 points and 5.3 assists in a win over Toronto and two victories over Cleveland.
Hill scored 10 points in the second quarter on Friday, helping the Pacers rally from a 14-point deficit. He played as more of a pure point guard in the third quarter with no points, four assists and no turnovers.
Sometimes, it might not be your time to take the shots and be aggressive, Hill said. In the second quarter, even playing with D.G. (Danny Granger) out there, he saw that I had the mismatch at the time and I had it going a little bit and we were running a lot of things for me, and then in the third quarter, we had D.G. and David West going.
Granger scored 18, Tyler Hansbrough scored 16, Leandro Barbosa scored 13 and Roy Hibbert added 12 and 10 rebounds for the Pacers (37-22), who matched its win total from last season.
We havent accomplished anything yet, Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. Nothing has changed for us."
NETS 95, 76ERS 89: In Philadelphia, Gerald Green scored 23 points, and Kris Humphries had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead New Jersey.
HAWKS 109, MAGIC 81: In Orlando, Fla., Jannero Pargo hit five three-pointers and scored 17 points, and Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams each had 16 to power Atlanta
The Hawks have won six consecutive regular-season meetings over their division mates.
KNICKS 103, WIZARDS 65: In New York, Baron Davis scored 18 points on his 33rd birthday, JR Smith had 23, and New York surged into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony also had 18 for the Knicks.
HORNETS 96, JAZZ 85: In New Orleans, Eric Gordon scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and New Orleans won its first game under prospective new owner Tom Benson.
Chris Kaman added 19 points for the Hornets, who delivered a critical loss to the Jazz, who entered the night 1 1/2 games out of the final Western Conference playoff spot.
RAPTORS 84, CELTICS 79: In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 13 of his 22 points in the third quarter and made four pivotal free throws down the stretch for Toronto.
HEAT 105, BOBCATS 82: In Miami, LeBron James had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Miami.
Chris Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Heat completed a three-game season-series sweep of Charlotte. Miami led by 22 after three quarters and rested James the entire final period.
BUCKS 113, PISTONS 97: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Drew Gooden scored 26 points, and Milwaukee pulled away in the third quarter for a much-needed win. Milwaukee is ninth in the Eastern Conference, trailing New York and Philadelphia by two.
THUNDER 115, KINGS 89: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 29 points and nine rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 22 points to lead Oklahoma City.
SUNS 112, ROCKETS 105: In Houston, Marcin Gortat had 20 points and 15 rebounds as Phoenix boosted its playoff hopes.