Pacers 101, Magic 99 (OT)

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ORLANDO -- Indiana's George Hill made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to help the Pacers avoid a colossal fourth-quarter collapse and defeat the Orlando Magic 101-99.
David West scored 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Danny Granger added 21 for the Pacers, who led by 82-63 with just over eight minutes to go in regulation before allowing Orlando a 26-7 run to force overtime.
The Pacers survived, however, when Magic center Glen Davis, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds, missed a fallaway 12-footer that would have forced a second overtime.
Indiana goes home with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and a chance to move into the second round of the playoffs with a win Tuesday night at home.
JJ Redick nailed a 3-pointer with 38.7 seconds to go to wipe out the last of the 19-point fourth quarter deficit the Magic faced and force overtime. Jameer Nelson, who had 12 points and 11 assists had a chance for a game-winner in regulation, but his fallway jumper missed as the buzzer sounded.
Indiana led 82-63 with 8:16 left in the game, before the Magic roared to life behind Davis and Jason Richardson, who finished with a team-high 25 points. The two combined for 19 of the Magic's 28 points in the fourth quarter.
Richardson hit a 3-pointer with 2:16 to play to cut the deficit to 89-84, then Davis made a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game. Redick's three-pointer tied the game at 89 and gave Nelson a chance to win it in regulation, but he couldn't make the shot over 7-foot-1 Indiana center Roy Hibbert.
The Pacers jumped ahead 95-89 in overtime, but once again Orlando rallied back, tying it on a 3-pointer from Richardson and three-point play by Nelson. The teams traded baskets before Hill drove the lane and was hacked by Richardson as he started to go up for a shot.
Hill, who had 12 points and five assists, made both free throws for the difference in the game.
Davis got the inbounds pass from Hedo Turkoglu and tried a fallaway jumper over Indiana's Paul George, but the shot hit the side of the rim and bounced out.
GAME NOTES: Do you believe in the plus-minus system for evaluating players? Magic C Glen Davis, arguably the team's best player this series, has a team-worst minus-53 rating for the first three games. The best rating among Magic starters is a minus-9 from F Ryan Anderson.

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