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 helping the Indiana Pacers, the NBA’s last unbeaten team, to an 97-80 victory on Wednesday night.
The Pacers have won their opening five games for the first time since 1971-1972. 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.
THUNDER 107, MAVERICKS 93
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 assists, while Russell Westbrook scored 22 points as Oklahoma City pulled away in the second half to beat Dallas.
Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder (3-1), who won their second straight game following Westbrook’s return from two off-season knee surgeries.
Jeremy Lamb added 13 points for Oklahoma City, who have won 11 straight games against the Mavericks, including the playoffs. The last loss for the Thunder against Dallas was on Jan. 2 last year.
Monta Ellis led the Mavericks (3-2), who were playing their second game in two nights, with 20 points. Jae Crowder and Shawn Marion added 17 each, while Dirk Nowitzki finished with 16.
SPURS 99, SUNS 96
In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 15 of the Spurs’ final 16 points, helping San Antonio withstand a hectic finish to beat Phoenix.
Parker scored 20 overall, Danny Green had 19 points, Tim Duncan added 17 points and Boris Diaw 11 points for San Antonio (4-1).
Markieff Morris tied a career high with 23 points and also had 11 rebounds for Phoenix (3-2). Morris’ twin brother, Marcus, added 11 points, while Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee each had 15.
Plumlee’s reverse layup gave Phoenix a 96-95 lead with 1 minute remaining. The Suns had an opportunity to extend the lead following a miss by Duncan, but Manu Ginobili drew a charge on Danny Green.
Parker followed with a short jumper to give San Antonio the lead for good.
Gerald Green missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game.
CELTICS 97, JAZZ 87
In Boston, Brandon Bass scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 18 as the Celtics beat Utah for their first win of the season.
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. Hayward had 28 points and nine rebounds for Utah (0-5), 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 2006-2007 season.
Derrick Favors scored 10 points with 14 rebounds, while Enes Kanter scored 22 with eight boards for the Jazz, who open a season with five straight losses for the first time since 1974, when they were still in New Orleans.
Gerald Wallace had nine points and nine rebounds for Boston (1-4), who led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter, before Utah scored 17 of the first 20 in the fourth to cut a 22-point deficit to single digits.
WARRIORS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 93
In Minneapolis, Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Harrison Barnes scored 14 points in his season debut to help Golden State defeat Minnesota.