Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert (55) battles Memphis Grizzlies' Marreese Speights (5) for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Monday, December 31, 2012 6:03 pm
George helps Pacers beat Grizzlies 88-83
By JIM JOHNSONAssociated Press
D.J. Augustin had 17 points and David West added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who have won five of six. George also had six rebounds and five assists.
Zach Randolph had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Marc Gasol scored 13 for the Grizzlies, who have lost three of four.
West made two foul shots with 6:09 to play to give the Pacers a 72-71 lead after they trailed by as many as 10 in the second half.
Indiana played without starting point guard George Hill, who injured his right thigh against the Phoenix Suns last week. Coach Frank Vogel had said Hill was a game-time decision and he was even listed as a starter right before tipoff. Augustin started in place of Hill.
Randolph made two free throws to give Memphis a 67-56 lead with 2:40 left in the third quarter. But Indiana scored the last four points of the period and Ben Hansbrough had two 3-pointers early in the fourth to get the Pacers within three.
George had a key steal and dunk, and West's free throws gave the Pacers the lead for good. The Grizzlies turned the ball over and West made two more foul shots to make it 74-71 with 5:37 left.
Tony Allen dunked and hit a free throw and Darrell Arthur scored, but George, West and Augustin combined to help the Pacers to an 82-76 advantage late in the game.
Augustin and Lance Stephenson each made two foul shots in the final seconds to help Indiana hold on.
NOTES: Stephenson was listed as day to day with a left orbital contusion, but started. ... Grizzlies F Quincy Pondexter didn't travel with the team because of a left MCL sprain. ... Indiana Fever forward Katie Douglas attended the game and was recognized for the Fever's recent WNBA championship.