Paul George scored 27 points and led a comeback from an eight-point halftime deficit to help the Indiana Pacers improve on the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 97-82 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
Trailing 50-42 at halftime, George had 22 points in the second half as Indiana outscored Boston 55-32 in the final quarters to improve to 11-1.
David West and Luis Scola had 17 points each for Indiana, who had lost their previous four games against Boston.
Jordan Crawford had a season-high 24 points, but just five in the second half, and Jeff Green added 20 for the Celtics, who lost their sixth straight to drop to 4-10 after winning four in a row.
The rebuilding Celtics played impressively in the first half. However, Boston had more turnovers, nine, than points in the third period. West outscored Boston’s entire team in the quarter with 10 points.
Indiana had won their first nine games before struggling as they began a three-game road trip. They lost to Chicago 110-94, then went to overtime before beating the New York Knicks 103-96 on Wednesday night.
In Philadelphia, Evan Turner scored 27 points, and Spencer Hawes scored 11 of his 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks that ended a four-game losing streak.
In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in just 28 minutes, and the Timberwolves beat Kevin Garnett for the first time since he left Minnesota in a 111-81 victory over the woeful Brooklyn Nets.
In other games, the New Orleans Pelicans erased a 12-point deficit in the final five minutes to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-100. The San Antonio Spurs pulled away for a 102-86 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 96-89, the Dallas Mavericks accounted for the Utah Jazz 103-93 and the Phoenix Suns edged the Charlotte Bobcats 98-91.