Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Late surge lifts Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — Monta Ellis finally found his shooting touch, rookie Myles Turner finally got a chance to start and the Pacers finally figured out how to deliver a knockout punch.

It was the perfect combination Thursday night.

Ellis scored 25, Turner added 20 points and six rebounds and Indiana finished the game on a 23-2 spurt to run away from the Hawks 111-92.

"We just imposed our will. We got tired of losing," coach Frank Vogel said. "We got stops. Guys just made the necessary plays."

The Pacers had lost three straight, six of seven and back-to-back home games.

So Vogel made a change. Just 24 hours after sounding lukewarm about plugging Turner into the lineup, he reversed course. The move paid dividends as Turner finished 9-of-17 from the field and broke a third-quarter tie with seven straight points.

When he returned to the game with 6:32 left, Indiana held the Hawks to just two more baskets.

Turner's presence helped his teammates get in sync, too.

Ellis went 7-of-11 from the field and made 5 of 7 3-pointers after starting the game shooting 27.9 percent from beyond the arc. George Hill added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Four different players scored during a 12-0 run that turned a 90-88 deficit into a 100-90 lead, and the defense Vogel had been looking for clamped down against the weary Hawks, who lost for the second time in two nights.

"Obviously, we hit a wall at the four-minute mark or whatever it was," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I think it was 91-90 and they got to the free-throw line twice in a row, and we were never really able to regain our footing."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kyle Lowry had 26 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 26 and the host Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th straight victory, 103-93 over the Knicks. … Ryan Anderson tied his career high with 36 points and the host Pelicans beat the Kings 114-105 for their sixth win in eight games. … Danilo Gallinari had 26 points and hit 4 of 5 3-pointers to lead the visiting Nuggets to a 117-113 victory over the Wizards, who have lost five of six. … Jeff Green scored 21 and the host Grizzlies pulled away in the second half for a 103-83 victory over the Bucks.

RILEY BACKS LEBRON: Heat president Pat Riley denied any attempt by LeBron James to seek the dismissal of coach Erik Spoelstra during James' four seasons with the franchise. "Nothing like that ever transpired, nothing," Riley told the Sun Sentinel. "LeBron, unfairly to him, had to deal with" the reports. Heat limited partner Ranaan Katz had inferred such an attempt by James in an interview on an Israeli radio station. Rumors have swirled that James, now with the Cavaliers, played a role in the firing last week of Cleveland coach David Blatt. James has denied any involvement.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (concussion) and point guard Tyreke Evans (right knee tendinitis) sat out against the Kings. Sacramento was without coach George Karl, who has a stomach illness. … The Knicks will sign forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, brother of Bucks forward Giannis, to a 10-day contract.

Pacers 111, Hawks 92

ATLANTA (92): Bazemore 4-12 2-2 11, Millsap 1-4 2-2 4, Horford 6-12 2-2 14, Teague 7-12 4-4 20, Korver 2-9 1-2 6, Sefolosha 4-7 4-5 13, Splitter 3-4 2-2 8, Hardaway Jr. 1-4 0-0 3, Schroder 2-8 1-1 5, Scott 3-11 1-1 8, Mack 0-0 0-0 0, Muscala 0-0 0-0 0, Patterson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-83 19-21 92.

INDIANA (111): George 2-11 7-7 11, Turner 9-17 2-3 20, Mahinmi 1-4 6-6 8, Ellis 7-11 6-6 25, G.Hill 7-9 1-2 18, Allen 1-4 2-4 4, Young 0-3 2-2 2, Miles 4-9 0-0 9, J.Hill 4-6 0-0 8, Robinson III 2-3 0-0 4, Whittington 1-1 0-0 2, Budinger 0-0 0-0 0, S.Hill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-78 26-30 111.

Atlanta 24 20 31 17— 92

Indiana 27 24 31 29— 111

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-28 (Teague 2-2, Sefolosha 1-2, Hardaway Jr. 1-3, Bazemore 1-3, Scott 1-6, Korver 1-7, Millsap 0-1, Horford 0-2, Schroder 0-2), Indiana 9-15 (Ellis 5-7, G.Hill 3-4, Miles 1-3, George 0-1). ReboundsAtlanta 37 (Bazemore 9), Indiana 59 (Allen 12). AssistsAtlanta 20 (Teague 5), Indiana 20 (Ellis 6). Total FoulsAtlanta 22, Indiana 17. A15,196 (18,165).

Nuggets 117, Wizards 113

DENVER (117): Gallinari 8-15 6-8 26, Faried 2-3 3-4 7, Jokic 7-12 1-3 15, Harris 2-6 0-0 5, Mudiay 7-14 5-6 20, Arthur 4-6 4-5 13, Nurkic 3-7 2-2 8, Nelson 2-5 0-0 6, Barton 5-11 5-5 15, Foye 1-2 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-81 26-33 117.

WASHINGTON (113): Porter 0-3 2-2 2, Nene 6-9 3-4 15, Gortat 5-8 2-2 12, Wall 5-17 5-6 17, Temple 7-16 1-2 20, Dudley 4-8 3-4 12, Oubre Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Beal 7-14 2-3 17, Sessions 3-8 5-5 11, Gooden 2-4 1-2 7. Totals 39-88 24-30 113.

Denver 29 35 27 26— 117

Washington 29 29 21 34— 113

3-Point GoalsDenver 9-18 (Gallinari 4-5, Nelson 2-4, Arthur 1-1, Mudiay 1-2, Harris 1-2, Foye 0-1, Jokic 0-1, Barton 0-2), Washington 11-28 (Temple 5-10, Gooden 2-3, Wall 2-7, Beal 1-2, Dudley 1-3, Oubre Jr. 0-1, Porter 0-2). ReboundsDenver 49 (Jokic 10), Washington 53 (Gortat 10). AssistsDenver 25 (Gallinari 6), Washington 21 (Wall 9). Total FoulsDenver 25, Washington 28. TechnicalsFaried. A15,146 (20,308).

Raptors 103, Knicks 93

NEW YORK (93): Thomas 3-6 1-1 7, O'Quinn 4-13 0-0 8, Lopez 3-5 1-2 7, Afflalo 7-17 3-3 20, Galloway 6-10 0-0 12, Williams 3-12 0-0 6, Seraphin 2-4 0-0 4, Vujacic 5-10 0-2 13, Grant 4-8 4-9 13, Amundson 1-2 1-3 3. Totals 38-87 10-20 93.

TORONTO (103): Johnson 0-3 1-4 1, Scola 3-5 0-0 7, Valanciunas 4-16 3-3 11, Lowry 8-16 7-8 26, DeRozan 9-18 7-8 26, Patterson 4-6 0-0 10, Ross 2-9 1-2 6, Biyombo 2-3 1-2 5, Joseph 5-8 1-2 11, Powell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-85 21-29 103.

New York 21 22 20 30— 93

Toronto 27 26 20 30— 103

3-Point GoalsNew York 7-18 (Afflalo 3-3, Vujacic 3-6, Grant 1-2, O'Quinn 0-1, Galloway 0-3, Williams 0-3), Toronto 8-20 (Lowry 3-5, Patterson 2-3, Scola 1-2, DeRozan 1-3, Ross 1-5, Johnson 0-1, Joseph 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 51 (Lopez 8), Toronto 64 (Valanciunas 18). AssistsNew York 20 (Grant 6), Toronto 21 (Lowry 10). Total FoulsNew York 19, Toronto 19. TechnicalsValanciunas. A19,800 (19,800).

Grizzlies 103, Bucks 83

MILWAUKEE (83): Antetokounmpo 2-10 3-4 7, Parker 2-5 3-4 7, Monroe 8-13 5-6 21, Carter-Williams 4-7 2-2 10, Middleton 6-18 2-2 15, Plumlee 3-5 0-0 6, Bayless 2-4 5-5 9, Vaughn 1-7 0-0 2, O'Bryant 0-4 0-0 0, Copeland 0-3 2-2 2, T.Ennis 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 29-79 24-27 83.

MEMPHIS (103): Allen 5-9 3-3 13, Randolph 3-8 2-2 8, Gasol 7-11 1-2 15, Conley 1-8 3-3 5, Lee 5-10 1-1 13, Je.Green 9-15 0-0 21, Chalmers 1-4 4-4 7, Barnes 4-8 1-2 13, Hollins 2-4 1-2 5, Carter 1-2 1-1 3, Ja.Green 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-80 17-20 103.

Milwaukee 27 14 21 21— 83

Memphis 23 27 26 27— 103

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 1-16 (Middleton 1-4, Bayless 0-1, T.Ennis 0-1, Carter-Williams 0-2, Copeland 0-3, Vaughn 0-5), Memphis 10-28 (Barnes 4-8, Je.Green 3-6, Lee 2-5, Chalmers 1-2, Allen 0-1, Carter 0-1, Conley 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 52 (Parker 8), Memphis 46 (Gasol 8). AssistsMilwaukee 17 (Middleton 6), Memphis 28 (Chalmers 10). Total FoulsMilwaukee 16, Memphis 23. TechnicalsAntetokounmpo, Milwaukee defensive three second, Memphis defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Bayless. Ejected—Antetokounmpo. A15,244 (18,119).

Pelicans 114, Kings 105

SACRAMENTO (105): Casspi 3-9 0-0 8, Cousins 11-24 4-6 26, Cauley-Stein 1-2 4-4 6, Rondo 7-10 2-4 17, McLemore 9-17 3-4 26, Belinelli 2-8 2-2 6, J.Anderson 2-4 0-0 5, Acy 1-3 0-0 3, Collison 4-10 0-0 8, Koufos 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 40-89 15-20 105.

NEW ORLEANS (114): Gee 3-4 4-4 10, R.Anderson 13-25 5-6 36, Asik 4-6 0-0 8, Cole 8-19 0-0 17, Dejean-Jones 5-12 1-6 14, Holiday 8-24 8-8 25, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 1-3 0-0 2, Cunningham 0-1 0-0 0, Ajinca 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 43-98 18-24 114.

Sacramento 19 34 26 26— 105

New Orleans 37 26 29 22— 114

3-Point GoalsSacramento 10-28 (McLemore 5-10, Casspi 2-5, Rondo 1-2, Acy 1-2, J.Anderson 1-3, Cousins 0-1, Collison 0-2, Belinelli 0-3), New Orleans 10-26 (R.Anderson 5-11, Dejean-Jones 3-6, Cole 1-3, Holiday 1-4, Gee 0-1, Cunningham 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 51 (Cousins 10), New Orleans 64 (Asik 13). AssistsSacramento 29 (Rondo 15), New Orleans 25 (Cole 10). Total FoulsSacramento 20, New Orleans 20. A15,636 (16,867).

All-Star reserves

East

• Chris Bosh, Heat

• Jimmy Butler, Bulls

• DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

• Andre Drummond, Pistons

• Paul Millsap, Hawks

• Isaiah Thomas, Celtics

• John Wall, Wizards

West

• LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs

• DeMarcus Cousins, Kings

• Anthony Davis, Pelicans

• Draymond Green, Warriors

• James Harden, Rockets

• Chris Paul, Clippers

• Klay Thompson, Warriors

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