Friday, December 15, 2017
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Pacers improve their perfect opening run to 8-0

INDIANAPOLIS — Eight straight wins are not enough for the perfect Pacers. They have far bigger plans.

The NBA's last unbeaten team remained undaunted Monday, getting 23 points from Paul George and the first triple double of Lance Stephenson's career to run past Memphis 95-79 and complete a five-games-in-seven-days stretch with a sweep.

Indiana extended its franchise-best start to 8-0, becoming the seventh team to achieve the feat since 2000 and the 18th team in league history to start a season 8-0, according to STATS.

"Everything we're shooting for is attainable, but we've got a long way to go, a lot of work to do," coach Frank Vogel said.

Stephenson finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, a career-high 12 assists.

The Pacers have made no secret of this season's plan: dethroning Miami. The best way to do that, they figured, was earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and so far, nobody has been able to touch them.

Celtics continue domination of Magic

BOSTON — Avery Bradley scored 24 as the Celtics beat the Magic for the second time in four days, 120-105.

Boston has won four straight after opening the season with four losses under first-year coach Brad Stevens.

Arron Afflalo had 18 points and seven assists, and Victor Oladipo scored 17 for Orlando, which dropped its 16th straight road game.

It was Boston's 10th straight win in the series, dating to Christmas in 2010. The Celtics won 91-89 at Orlando on Friday.

Hawks spoil return of Bobcats coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Horford scored 24 and the Hawks beat the Bobcats 103-94 to hand Charlotte coach Steve Clifford a loss in his first game back since undergoing a heart procedure.

Clifford missed Friday's game against the Knicks after having two stents placed in his heart.

"I'm doing exactly what (the doctors) tell me to do," he said Monday. "I'm going to do a little bit less during the work day, come in just when the team is here. I'm going to work out of the house more, sleep in for a couple of weeks and I think I'll be good. … I don't think it'll be that hard, I've just got to be smart."

Game highlights: Derrick Rose had 16 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury, and the host Bulls beat the Cavaliers 96-81. Rose grimaced after he drove down the lane for a twisting layup with 3:39 left. He remained in for a short time before he was pulled for Kirk Hinrich. … Danny Green scored 18, Tony Parker had 14 and the Spurs improved their start to 7-1 with a 109-85 rout of the host 76ers.

Around the league: Lakers guard Steve Nash will be out of the lineup for at least two weeks with nerve root irritation that causes pain in his back and hamstrings. He is expected to receive an epidural block today and will be evaluated in 10 days. … Bucks center Larry Sanders will miss about six weeks after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb suffered in a fight at a nightclub.

Celtics 120, Magic 105

ORLANDO (105): Harkless 4-10 2-4 12, Maxiell 4-9 2-2 10, Vucevic 6-11 3-3 15, Nelson 3-10 2-2 10, Afflalo 6-12 4-5 18, Moore 4-6 3-3 11, O'Quinn 0-2 2-2 2, Nicholson 4-7 0-0 8, Oladipo 7-17 2-2 17, Price 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 39-85 20-23 105.

BOSTON (120): Green 5-9 5-5 16, Bass 5-12 0-0 10, Olynyk 7-9 0-0 16, Crawford 7-12 2-2 16, Bradley 10-15 4-4 24, Wallace 0-1 1-2 1, Sullinger 7-9 0-1 14, Faverani 2-4 0-0 4, Lee 5-8 1-1 12, Pressey 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 51-85 13-15 120.

Orlando 25 25 24 31— 105

Boston 31 28 28 33— 120

3-Point GoalsOrlando 7-18 (Harkless 2-3, Afflalo 2-5, Nelson 2-5, Oladipo 1-3, Nicholson 0-1, Moore 0-1), Boston 5-12 (Olynyk 2-3, Lee 1-1, Pressey 1-1, Green 1-2, Crawford 0-1, Bradley 0-1, Sullinger 0-1, Faverani 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 43 (Vucevic 10), Boston 42 (Olynyk 7). AssistsOrlando 27 (Afflalo 7), Boston 28 (Crawford 10). Total FoulsOrlando 18, Boston 19. TechnicalsCrawford. A18,624.

Hawks 103, Bobcats 94

ATLANTA (103): Carroll 2-5 0-0 5, Millsap 2-7 4-4 9, Horford 9-15 6-7 24, Teague 4-14 5-8 14, Korver 4-9 1-1 11, Schroder 2-2 0-0 4, Mack 2-3 0-0 6, Martin 5-7 3-4 16, Brand 2-5 2-2 6, Scott 3-8 2-2 8, Jenkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-76 23-28 103.

CHARLOTTE (94): Kidd-Gilchrist 6-11 4-5 16, McRoberts 7-13 0-0 19, Jefferson 5-11 0-0 10, Walker 3-11 6-7 12, Henderson 3-8 5-6 11, Biyombo 1-1 0-2 2, Taylor 4-10 2-3 10, Zeller 1-5 2-2 4, Sessions 3-10 4-4 10, Tolliver 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-81 23-29 94.

Atlanta 26 20 34 23— 103

Charlotte 29 25 16 24— 94

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 10-27 (Martin 3-4, Mack 2-3, Korver 2-6, Millsap 1-2, Teague 1-3, Carroll 1-4, Jenkins 0-1, Horford 0-1, Scott 0-3), Charlotte 5-13 (McRoberts 5-8, Kidd-Gilchrist 0-1, Taylor 0-2, Walker 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 50 (Carroll 10), Charlotte 50 (Jefferson 7). AssistsAtlanta 26 (Teague 12), Charlotte 22 (McRoberts 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 22, Charlotte 24. TechnicalsCharlotte defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Scott. A13,996.

Pacers 95, Grizzlies 79

MEMPHIS (79): Prince 2-5 2-2 6, Randolph 6-12 0-0 12, Gasol 5-13 5-6 15, Conley 4-11 2-3 11, Allen 3-4 1-1 8, Miller 3-6 0-0 8, Koufos 3-6 2-2 8, Pondexter 0-4 0-0 0, Calathes 2-5 0-3 4, Davis 2-8 1-2 5, Franklin 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 31-75 13-19 79.

INDIANA (95): George 9-16 5-6 23, West 5-8 0-0 10, Hibbert 1-4 1-2 3, G.Hill 6-9 1-1 13, Stephenson 5-11 0-0 13, S.Hill 0-3 0-0 0, Scola 5-10 2-3 12, Watson 0-3 0-0 0, Johnson 2-5 0-0 5, Mahinmi 2-3 6-6 10, Copeland 1-2 0-0 3, Sloan 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 37-76 15-18 95.

Memphis 16 23 16 24— 79

Indiana 23 23 26 23— 95

3-Point GoalsMemphis 4-8 (Miller 2-3, Allen 1-1, Conley 1-3, Pondexter 0-1), Indiana 6-19 (Stephenson 3-5, Sloan 1-1, Copeland 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Scola 0-1, Watson 0-2, George 0-3, S.Hill 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 41 (Davis 7), Indiana 51 (Stephenson 11). AssistsMemphis 19 (Calathes 6), Indiana 25 (Stephenson 12). Total FoulsMemphis 20, Indiana 22. TechnicalsStephenson. Flagrant Fouls—Allen. A13,130.

Spurs 109, 76ers 85

SAN ANTONIO (109): Leonard 6-12 0-0 13, Diaw 4-8 0-0 8, Splitter 4-8 3-4 11, Parker 7-12 0-0 14, Green 6-9 1-1 18, Ginobili 3-4 0-0 8, Mills 4-8 0-0 10, Belinelli 5-11 0-0 12, Ayres 3-9 0-0 6, De Colo 1-3 0-0 3, Joseph 1-4 4-6 6, Baynes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 44-89 8-11 109.

PHILADELPHIA (85): Turner 9-21 1-2 20, Young 3-7 1-2 7, Hawes 6-13 3-3 17, Carter-Williams 2-11 4-4 8, Anderson 3-6 0-0 7, Wroten 5-9 2-3 13, Allen 2-4 0-1 4, Morris 2-6 1-1 5, Davies 2-4 0-0 4, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-82 12-16 85.

San Antonio 31 26 26 26— 109

Philadelphia 13 25 26 21— 85

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 13-28 (Green 5-7, Ginobili 2-2, Belinelli 2-5, Mills 2-5, De Colo 1-3, Leonard 1-4, Parker 0-1, Diaw 0-1), Philadelphia 5-19 (Hawes 2-4, Anderson 1-2, Wroten 1-3, Turner 1-4, Morris 0-1, Thompson 0-1, Carter-Williams 0-2, Young 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 56 (Leonard 8), Philadelphia 44 (Hawes 13). AssistsSan Antonio 29 (Parker 9), Philadelphia 19 (Morris, Carter-Williams 4). Total FoulsSan Antonio 15, Phil. 12. A12,424.

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