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George Hill hits late free-throws, helps Pacers hang on to beat Magic in overtime, 101-99
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ' George Hill hit a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to help the Indiana Pacers survive squandering a 19-point fourth quarter lead and beat the Orlando Magic 101-99 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead.
David West scored 26 points, including 12 in the third quarter and four in overtime for Indiana. Danny Granger added 21 points.
The Pacers won their third straight game and will try to close out it out Tuesday in Indianapolis.
Orlando had a final chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Glen Davis' fade away jumper bounced off the side of the rim.
Jason Richardson led the Magic with 25 points and Davis added 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pacers started the extra period with six straight points, including four by West.
Richardson responded with 3 to make it 95-92 and Jameer Nelson fouled out Roy Hibbert with his three-point play following a Pacers' miss to tie it.
Hill hit two free-throws on the other end to put Indiana back on top, but Davis tied it again with a twisting layup.
After an Indiana timeout, Hill hit a floater from the wing, but Davis again matched it on the Magic's next possession.
The Pacers quickly pushed the ball up the floor and Nelson fouled Hill in the lane to set up his decisive free throws.
Hibbert finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hill started slow, but was huge down the stretch and ended up with 12.
All five Magic starters reached double figures, with Nelson adding 12 points and Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu chipping in 11.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game that he thought he left his starting unit on the floor too long to begin Game 3. He went to the bench for the first time with just over five minutes to go on Saturday.
But Orlando's second unit struggled to provide the same boost it had in the previous three games.
Still, with Anderson having his best offensive game of the series early on, some rejuvenated play by Turkoglu and strong free throw shooting, the Magic were able to keep nipping at the Pacers in the second half.
Things got a little testy early in the fourth quarter, when Orlando's J.J Redick picked up a technical foul after a post-play skirmish with Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough.
There were also a handful of foul calls that the Magic players took issue with and seemed to play into their frustrations as the Pacers built an 82-63 lead.
Orlando wasn't done, though, and used a 14-0 run to cut it to 82-77 with 4:40 to play, prompting the second Pacers' timeout in two-minute stretch.
The lead was then cut to 84-81 on a tip-in by Turkoglu, before Hill's 3-pointer was followed by a basket by Granger and put the Pacers up by eight with less than three minutes to play.
Richardson nailed a 25-footer to trim it back to five and it was 89-86 after two Davis free-throws.
That was still the score when Redick got free on an out of bounds play and hit a 3 from the wing to tie it with 38.7 left.
A desperation 3-pointer by Hill with the shot winding down resulted in a shot clock violation and gave Orlando the ball with 14.7 showing in the clock, but Nelson's fade away jumper in the lane fell short at the buzzer.
The Pacers led 46-44 at the half, but the Magic went into the locker room with lots of momentum thanks to a 17-8 run to end the second quarter.
Notes: There was a moment of silence before the game in honor of Visit Orlando CEO Gary Sain, who died Friday at age 61. Sain, a fixture in tourism marketing, was instrumental in helping Orlando host the 2012 NBA All-Star game. ... Van Gundy said while it's obviously been difficult on the Magic without Dwight Howard this series, he isn't expecting sympathy because of it. "Anytime you don't have your best player it's difficult," he said. "But people go through it. And we're not the only ones."...Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, was in attendance.