Hill leads Pacers, ties series with Magic; Heat takes 2-0 lead over Knicks
After an 81-77 loss against the Orlando Magic, the Indiana Pacers made sure that they handle things differently this time around.
George Hill had 18 points and four rebounds to help the Pacers beat the Magic 93-78 on Monday night and even the Eastern Conference first-round series at one game apiece.
David West and Danny Granger each added 18 points, while Paul George had 17 points and eight rebounds for Indiana.
But Hill was the real difference in this one.
The former Spur scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, serving as the catalyst of the Pacers' game-changing quarter, where they outscored the Magic 30-13, after trailing 44-42 at halftime.
Glen Davis led the Magic with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he made just 5-of-16 from the field. J.J. Redick scored 13 points and Jameer Nelson added 12 for Orlando.
The game technically wasn't a must-win for Indiana since they weren't trying to stave off elimination. However, in NBA history, teams that go up 2-0 in a playoff series win 94.2 percent of the time. The Pacers avoid that scenario.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat took care of business holding home court, they go up 2-0 after a 104-94 victory over the New York Knicks.
Dwyane Wade scored scored 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field.
To add to Knicks' frustrations, Amare Stoudemire reportedly injured his left hand after punching a fire extinguisher after the Game 2 loss.
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