Paul George had 25 points as the Indiana Pacers finished with a strong fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 103-98 on Tuesday night.
Monta Ellis added 16 points with six assists, while Jordan Hill scored 15 for Indiana.
Isaiah Thomas had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Boston.
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The score was tied at 77 with about seven minutes remaining before the Pacers put together a 15-4 run that gave them enough breathing room to withstand a late Boston surge.
Avery Bradley’s jumper pulled the Celtics to 84-81 with about four-and-a-half minutes to go, but they got no closer after that.
SPURS 108, CLIPPERS 87
In San Antonio, Texas, Kawhi Leonard had 20 points to help San Antonio wear down the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers and match the second-longest home winning streak to open a season in NBA history.
San Antonio won their 33rd straight home game this season, tying Orlando’s start to the 1995-1996 season.
Chicago holds the record at 37 games in 1995-1996 on the way to a record 72 wins overall.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points, while reserve guards Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili added 15 and 13 respectively for the Spurs (57-10).
Los Angeles (42-24), still playing without Blake Griffin, lost their second straight.
The Clippers’ reserves, who were without the injured Paul Pierce, were outscored 51-20 by the Spurs’ bench.
RAPTORS 107, BUCKS 89
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kyle Lowry scored 25 points as Toronto, despite resting leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, had no trouble with Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in 35 minutes for the Bucks, just missing a triple-double.
DeRozan, who averages 23.8 points per game, was in uniform, but did not play after starting each of the team’s first 65 games and playing 39 minutes in a loss to Chicago on Monday night.
Raptors rookie Norman Powell, starting for DeRozan despite averaging only seven minutes per game, had a season-high 17 points in 34 minutes.
MAGIC 116, NUGGETS 110
In Orlando, Florida, Evan Fournier scored 30 points and Jason Smith had 25 points and 13 rebounds off the bench to help Orlando beat Denver.
Victor Oladipo scored 23 for the Magic, who led by 18 in the third quarter before fending off Denver’s second-half rally. Brandon Jennings added 12 points and 11 assists in his first start for Orlando.
The Nuggets had six players in double figures, led by Gary Harris with 18 points, but did not have enough energy or firepower to complete the comeback.
NETS 131, 76ERS 114
In New York, Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-best 44 points to help Brooklyn set a season high for points against Philadelphia.
Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points, Brook Lopez added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.
Isaiah Canaan led the 76ers with 20 points.
Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas each had 18.
Bogdanovic’s previous career high was 28 points against Orlando on April 15 last year.
His total was the most for a Nets player since Deron Williams scored 57 on March 4, 2012. The team moved to Brooklyn the following season.
Philadelphia have lost 15 of 16 games. The only victory during that stretch came against the Nets at home.
In other NBA action, it was:
‧ Kings 106, Lakers 98
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017