SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — George Hill insisted there was no extra motivation in facing his former team for the first time since being traded during the summer.
Motivation or not, the Utah Jazz point guard torched the Indiana Pacers for one of his best games of the season.
Hill scored a season-high 30 points and the Jazz led wire-to-wire in a 109-100 win over the Pacers on Saturday night. He was seven shy of his career high.
“I think it was significant for him in that I don’t think any of us wanted this game to be significant,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “We wanted it to be a game against a very good team that’s been playing very well.
“I’m happy that he stayed within himself. You didn’t feel like he was trying to do anything because of the fact that this is his previous team. … This is one of the better games he’s played since early in the year. ……