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Pacers hold on to defeat Grizzlies 82-81
INDIANA 82, MEMPHIS 81

By CLAY BAILEY
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- George Hill scored 13 points, including a
clinching free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the
Indiana Pacers an 82-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in
the annual Martin Luther King Day game on Monday afternoon.



On the ensuing inbounds, Rudy Gay's 24-footer over Paul George
banked in, but it came after the buzzer - a ruling confirmed by
officials after a review - giving the Pacers their second
straight win and ninth in the last 11.



David West scored 14 points for the Central Division-leading
Pacers, while George finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and
nine assists. Roy Hibbert scored 10 for Indiana.



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, while Mike Conley and Zach Randolph
scored 13 apiece. Gay had eight rebounds, while Randolph added
seven boards.



The game featured 10 ties and 19 lead changes.



Hill was sent to the line when Conley fouled him on a drive.
Hill hit the second free throw, giving the Pacers the final
lead.



The Pacers blocked 11 shots - five by West and four by Hibbert -
a testament to their interior defense.



But Indiana had trouble taking care of the ball, committing 20
turnovers, compared to 15 for the Grizzlies.



Other statistical categories from rebounds (35-34 Grizzlies) to
14 second-chance points apiece were further indications of the
game's closeness.



The teams scrapped through a tightly-played first half that
featured 15 lead changes and six ties.



The Pacers were able to pull away in the final 9 minutes of the
half, thanks to a 15-4 run that erased Memphis' largest lead of
the half.



The rally helped Indiana carry a 43-39 lead at halftime. Neither
team had a player in double figures as several key players
struggled shooting. West was 4 of 10 for Indiana, but Memphis
suffered through much more inaccuracy.



The Grizzlies frontline of Gay, Marc Gasol and Randolph was a
combined 4 of 20, helping Memphis shoot 39 percent in the half.



The Memphis bench did provide a bit of a lift with 18 points,
eight of them from Ellington, who connected on a pair of
3-pointers in the second quarter.



Memphis used defense to get its offense untracked in the second
half. Through the first 8 minutes, Indiana had taken only six
shots and had six turnovers.



That allowed Memphis to score 14 unanswered points to retake the
lead.



For the quarter, Indiana 8 of 12 from the field, and the Pacers
used a 3-pointer from Orlando Johnson late in the third to carry
a 65-63 lead into final frame.



The game remained tight through the early stages of the fourth
until consecutive baskets by Tyler Hansbrough and a rebound
basket by Hibbert broke a 70-all tie, giving the Pacers a bit of
a buffer near the 7-minute mark.



Indiana maintained the lead until a 3-pointer from Conley with
2:10 left gave Memphis a 79-78 lead.



George immediately answered with a 3-pointer for the Indiana
lead at 81-79.



Tony Allen's hustle was what pulled Memphis back even. He
grabbed an offensive re bound with about 30 second left, then
stole the ball after an Indiana rebound.



That set up his pass to Randolph to tie the game at 81 with 10.5
seconds remaining.



NOTES: The game was the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Day game
hosted by the Grizzlies. Memphis is now 5-6 on the holiday. .The
Grizzlies honored former NBA players Elgin Baylor and Patrick
Ewing, along with former NFL great Jim Brown with the Eighth
Annual National Civil Rights Legacy Award, as part of the day's
ceremonies. .The Grizzlies opened a four-game homestand with
Monday's game, while the Pacers were playing their first of a
four-game road trip. .The Pacers defeated Memphis 88-83 on New
Year's Eve in Indy.

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