Nate Robinson, CHI: A-
While his teammates failed to show up, little Nate Robinson came up in a big way.
Robinson's shot-making was the only form of hope the Chicago Buls possessed during the third quarter, as he scored eight points in the period and made a phenomenal defensive play on Paul George to create a late turnover.
Although Taj Gibson's ensuing buzzer-beater was negated, Robinson was able to breathe life into the Bulls entering the fourth.
Robinson continues to be one of the league's best sixth men, and, in a starting role, his efficiency was not lost. Robinson finished with a high-quality 19 points, nine assists, five rebounds and three steals on 7-of-15 shooting.
George Hill, IND: A
George Hill started out hot and led Indiana to a commanding first-half lead. Hill did so by making his first seven shots, including three three-pointers.
The most impressive shot of all came during the third quarter, when Hill drained a contested three which turned into a four-point play. A four-point play which included an off-ball foul.
To open up the fourth, we saw another three-ball from Hill.
Hill was much more than a shooter on this evening, however, as he put his body on the line for the sake of the team. That includes a loose ball in which he dove across the floor to recover and call a timeout in the third, helping his Pacers assume full control of the game.
Hill finished with 22 points and six assists on 7-of-10 shooting for the game. His shots from beyond the arc proved to be the difference when it was all was said and done.
Hill is in the running for the game ball with his performance.