Associated Press -- George Hill did some extra work before the Indiana Pacers took on the Phoenix Suns, and it paid off right away. Hill scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and led the Pacers to a 97-91 victory over the Suns on Friday night.
Paul George had 15 points, and David West added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have won four straight and seven of eight. Hill went to the locker room because of a bruised right thigh with 5:35 left in the first quarter, but returned in a big way.
Sebastian Telfair had 19 points and six assists, and Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost four in a row. West, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter, netted the go-ahead jumper to give the Pacers an 87-85 lead with 3:17 left to play after the Suns rallied from a 16-point deficit.
The Pacers led 85-83 before Telfair scored to tie it. Telfair also got the Suns even at 81 when he scored off a steal with 6:19 left. Jermaine O'Neal then made two free throws to briefly put the Suns ahead.
West sank two foul shots to tie the game and scored again to put Indiana back in front before George went to the line and gave the Pacers an 89-85 lead. Roy Hibbert put the game away when his two free throws gave the Pacers a 95-89 lead with 47 seconds left.
Scola scored 12 points for the Suns, who are in a stretch of three straight road games.The Suns jumped out to an 8-1 lead to start the game, but George dunked with 7:12 left in the first quarter to give the Pacers a lead they wouldn't give up until the fourth quarter.
Tyler Hansbrough created a spark in a reserve role for the Pacers and scored 12 points. He scored four points as part of an 8-0 run in the first quarter. The Pacers later went on a 10-0 run to build their lead up to 16 points. George hit two 3-pointers, and Hill and Lance Stephenson also scored in the run.
Stephenson had 10 points, a career-high nine rebounds, and five assists for the Pacers. Indiana led 58-44 at halftime. The Suns went on a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter to cut the deficit to 68-60. They eventually got within four late in the third when Telfair hit a 3-pointer with 1:44 left in the quarter.
Beasley scored at the start of the fourth to make it 75-73.