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Pacers edge Celtics 103-98 with late 15-4 run

AP, INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, left, shoots a three-pointer as Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley defends in the second half of their NBA game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indian, on Tuesday.

Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY

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.

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

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