Posted March 28, 2013 on AP on Fox
Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The Pacers never trailed and led by as many as 19. Houston made several runs, once cutting the deficit to four points, but Indiana answered each time to hold on for the victory. The Central Division-leading Pacers weren't back to full strength but they certainly got a boost from the return of Stephenson, who missed Indiana's last game with a strained right hip flexor, and of George Hill, out last game with a strained left groin. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Houston, which is seventh in the Western conference. The Rockets were led by James Harden's 22 points and eight assists. The Pacers led by 11 entering the fourth but managed just two points in the first four minutes of the quarter to allow Houston to get within 84-79. Indiana scored the next six points, with four of them coming on free throws to make it 90-79. Harden connected on a 3-pointer before sinking two free throws to get Houston within eight with about three minutes left. This time it was Paul George responded, knocking down a 3-pointer seconds later to extend the lead. George and Tyler Hansbrough added 16 points apiece for Indiana. Hill had two points, five assists and four rebounds. Greg Smith had 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for Houston. Indiana was up by 10 early in third before Houston used an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 68-64 at the seven-minute mark. Harden had a steal and a dunk before Lin hit an off-balance layup and the ensuing free throw after a foul by Hill. The Pacers ended the rally with a 7-1 spurt which pushed to lead back to 10 with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. Chandler Parsons had an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Harden after that, but George scored five quick points for Indiana to make it 80-67. The Pacers were still missing Danny Granger, who has sat out the majority of the season with patellar tendinitis in his left knee, and David West, who sat out his sixth straight game with a lower back sprain. They didn't look to miss them much on Wednesday night as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead and used another 10-2 run, that featured three dunks in less than a minute later in the quarter, to push the lead to 25-9. They were up 35-19 entering the second quarter after a first period where they shot 60.9 percent. Houston missed 15 shots in the first quarter and had four turnovers. Consecutive 3-pointers by Orlando Johnson extended Indiana's advantage to 48-29 eight minutes before halftime. The Pacers hot-shooting cooled down after that and the Rockets finally discovered some offense. Houston used a 13-2 run to get within 50-42 with five minutes left in the first half. Patrick Beverley started that spurt with a jump shot and scored seven of the Rockets points as they closed the gap. A layup by Greg Smith got Houston within six points with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter, but a three-point play by Stephenson to end the quarter left Indiana up 58-49 at halftime. Wednesday's game was much like Houston's trip to Indianapolis in January, when the Pacers raced out to a 31-18 lead after one quarter in a 105-95 win. NOTES: It was Hibbert's fourth straight game with a double-double. ... Harden made just six of 24 shots.

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