6 May 2012

Indiana Pacers take lead in NBA playoff series

2:00 pm on 6 May 2012

The Indiana Pacers basketball side have held on for a 101-99 over-time win over the Orlando Magic in their NBA first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Pacers have taken a 3-1 lead in the best of-seven series and will try to book their second-round berth when they host game five early this week in Indianapolis.

David West scored a game-high 26 points with 12 rebounds, and George Hill's 12 points included the decisive free throws with 2.2 seconds to play in over-time.

The Magic had battled back from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to force the extra period


Danny Granger chipped in 21 points and Roy Hibbert scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have now won three straight games since dropping the series opener.