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                 === Hill, George help Pacers edge Memphis ===
 
 Memphis,  TN (Sports  Network) - The top  two defenses in the NBA were on full
 display Monday in the annual Martin Luther King Day game.
 
 George  Hill  split a  pair of go-ahead  free throws with  1.4 seconds left in
 the Indiana Pacers' 82-81 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
 
 Rudy  Gay  banked  in a  difficult  shot  at  the  top  of the  key  over  the
 outstretched  arms of  Paul George following a timeout, but Gay didn't get the
 shot off in time.
 
 Indiana  allowed  89.3 points per  game coming in,  while Memphis gave up 89.6
 points per contest. The tilt featured 19 lead changes and 10 ties.
 
 George  was  an assist  shy of  a triple-double, finishing  with 12 points, 10
 rebounds  and  nine helpers for the  Pacers, who have  won 16 of their last 21
 games since a sluggish start.
 
 "We  know how hard Memphis is to beat in this building. They're one of the top
 five  or six teams  in the whole league. This is a good confidence builder for
 us," Indiana forward David West said.
 
 Wayne Ellington had 17 points off the bench to lead Memphis, which has dropped
 four of its last six contests.
 
 "We  knew it was going to be a defensive battle and it was going to be a tough
 game. They made plays down the stretch," Memphis guard Tony Allen said.
 
 After  Mike  Conley's 3-pointer from  the right wing capped  a 9-2 spurt for a
 one-point  Memphis edge, George  came back with a triple from the left wing to
 put the Pacers back on top, 81-79, with 1:42 to go.
 
 Hill  lost  the ball out of  bounds at the  other end and the Grizzlies needed
 four tries before tying the score.
 
 Allen's  layup was blocked  by Roy Hibbert, but got his own rebound before Gay
 missed  a fallaway  jumper  that  was well  defended  by  George. Allen  again
 snatched the board, but Conley's driving layup was blocked, again by Hibbert.
 
 Hibbert corralled the ball momentarily, but Allen stripped him from behind and
 fed Zach Randolph for a layup and an 81-81 deadlock with 10.5 ticks remaining.
 
 Hill,  though,  was fouled  by Conley  on a  drive to  the bucket on Indiana's
 ensuing  possession.  He misfired on  his first  foul shot before swishing the
 second.
 
 Memphis  took a  slim 27-26  advantage after  a quarter  of play,  but Indiana
 outscored the hosts 17-12 in the second before taking a 43-39 cushion into the
 break.
 
 The Pacers led 65-63 after three.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Indiana  turned  the ball over 20  times, which led  to 18 points ... West had
 five  blocks  and Hibbert added  four swats ...  Hill finished with 13 points,
 four  rebounds  and  four  assists  ... Indiana  snapped  a  four-game  losing
 streak in Memphis.
 
 01/21 20:07:45 ET