MEMPHIS, Tenn. – 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, dribbled inside the three-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.
The game featured 19 lead changes and 10 ties, the final deadlock as Hill stepped to the line after Conley fouled him.
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.
ROCKETS 100, BOBCATS 94: In Charlotte, N.C., James Harden scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter as Houston rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak, beating Charlotte. Kemba Walker scored a career-high 35 points for the Bobcats, who set a franchise record with their 15th straight loss at home.
HORNETS 114, KINGS 105: In New Orleans, Ryan Anderson scored 27 points and New Orleans survived a second half without Anthony Davis in a victory over Sacramento.
HAWKS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 96: In Atlanta, Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points, Jannero Pargo had 16 and Atlanta snapped a two-game slide with a victory over Minnesota.
Derrick Williams finished with 17 points and Jose Barea had 14 for Minnesota.
NETS 88, KNICKS 85: In New York, Joe Johnson made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 25 points, leading Brooklyn to a win over New York and a split of the four-game series between the city rivals. Deron Williams added 14 points and 12 assists for the Nets.
WARRIORS 106, CLIPPERS 99: In Oakland, Calif., Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists, Stephen Curry made four three-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes to beat Los Angeles.
Curry finished with 28 points.
SPURS 90, 76ERS 85: In Philadelphia, Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead San Antonio past Philadelphia for its fifth straight win.
The Spurs blew a 17-point lead in the first half before rallying late in the fourth.