INDIANAPOLIS -- Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson accounted for all the points in a decisive 12-2 run, thwarting a late charge by the Chicago Bulls and sending the Indiana Pacers, the NBA's last unbeaten team, to an 97-80 victory Wednesday night.
The Pacers are 5-0 for the first time since 1971-72. Paul George had 21 points and six rebounds to lead Indiana, while David West had a season-high 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Luol Deng and Derrick Rose scored 17 points each to lead Chicago (1-3). Rose scored only three points in the second half.
For three quarters, it was topsy-turvy. Then, with Chicago leading 67-65 with 8:38 left, things changed quickly.
Sloan hit a 17-footer to tie the score. Stephenson gave Indiana the lead with a 3-pointer. Scola followed that with consecutive baskets and Stephenson closed the run with another 3 to make it 77-69. The Bulls never seriously challenged again (see full recap).
Celtics beat Jazz for Stevens' first win
BOSTON -- Brandon Bass scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 18 to lead Boston to its first win of the season, 97-87 over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
The game reunited new Celtics coach Brad Stevens with Gordon Hayward, the Butler star who took the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game against Duke and just missed a shot from inside half court that would have won it. Hayward had 28 points and nine rebounds for Utah, one of the last two winless teams in the NBA this season.
The attendance of 17,130 was about 1,500 fans short of a sellout, ending a streak of 289 games dating to the end of the 2006-07 season. That was the last game before the Celtics brought in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce for a New Big 3 that won the franchise's record 17th NBA championship (see full recap).
Vucevic scores 30 as Magic hold off Clippers
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nik Vucevic had 30 points and 21 rebounds and hit six free throws in the final 23 seconds to help the Orlando Magic hold on for a 98-90 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
The win was the Magic's third in a row, and gives them their first three-game streak since December of last season.
Orlando led by as many as 19 points, before a run by Los Angeles in the third quarter.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 18 points and 10 assists. Former Magic guard J.J. Redick also chipped in 17 points.
The loss ends a three-game win streak for the Clippers, whose three-game road trip continues Thursday at Miami (see full recap).