Friday, December 15, 2017
Sports

Pacers take control in 4th to beat Suns

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George had 21 points and seven rebounds, and the Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Suns 116-97 on Tuesday night.

Indiana outscored Phoenix 36-21 in the final period, with George scoring nine. Monta Ellis had all of his 14 points in the second half.

George Hill added 20 points and five assists for the Pacers.

Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic each had 19 points for Phoenix, playing the second of a three-game road trip. Markieff Morris added 16.

Magic heads to London for game

LONDON— The Magic planned to undertake a massive logistical effort Monday night.

A traveling party of almost 200 players, coaches, basketball-operations staff, team executives, game-night employees, the Magic Dancers and team mascot Stuff was scheduled to gather at Orlando International Airport, board a jet and cross the Atlantic Ocean to travel to London.

On Thursday, the Magic will play a regular-season game in London against the Raptors, but the expedition isn't solely about basketball. It's also intended to help the NBA and the team grow as businesses and is designed to make the sport more popular across the continent.

"The NBA is bringing and showcasing its league and its game and its players and its teams, but basketball is a global sport played everywhere, including in the U.K.," said Benjamin Morel, the NBA's senior vice president and managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "We're not in a position where we are exporting the game of basketball. It exists in everybody's lives. But at the same time, we want to be able to bring the best of the best and the best experience."

The NBA has staged regular-season games in London in every non-lockout season since 2010-11, and all five previous games sold out The O2 Arena. The 18,689-seat venue, which sits on the banks of the River Thames, sold out for Thursday's game within an hour, Morel said.

The matchup will be televised live in the U.K. and will be shown live in 31 cinemas across the U.K. The game also will air across Europe.

The Magic have three European players: swingman Evan Fournier from France, swingman Mario Hezonja from Croatia and center Nik Vucevic from Montenegro.

"Obviously, England is on a separate island, but it's still part of Europe," Vucevic said. "It'll be closer for a lot of my friends and family to maybe come to the game and watch me play."

In other Magic news, Orlando acquired Cavaliers guard Joe Harris, who has played in five games this season, for a 2017 second-round pick. On Tuesday, Harris had surgery on his right foot and is expected to miss two months. The Cavs can save nearly $3 million with the move.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Tony Parker scored a season-high 31 and the visiting Spurs beat the Pistons 109-99. It was Parker's first 30-point game since March of last season

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Wizards point guard John Wall fired agent Dan Fegan and his team of representatives at Relativity Sports and plans to hire Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, according to reports. Paul represents and is close friends with Cavaliers star LeBron James.

Knicks 120, Celtics 114

BOSTON (114): Crowder 6-10 6-7 21, Johnson 5-6 1-2 11, Olynyk 2-5 0-0 5, I.Thomas 11-23 11-12 34, Bradley 5-12 0-0 10, Sullinger 6-10 2-3 14, Turner 3-10 0-0 7, Jerebko 2-3 0-0 6, Smart 2-7 1-2 6. Totals 42-86 21-26 114.

NEW YORK (120): Anthony 7-10 1-1 17, Porzingis 10-18 3-4 26, Lopez 6-7 3-4 15, Calderon 0-2 0-0 0, Afflalo 9-18 5-5 24, L.Thomas 1-6 5-5 7, Grant 5-6 5-6 16, O'Quinn 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 5-11 5-5 15, Amundson 0-1 0-0 0, Galloway 0-1 0-0 0, Seraphin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-81 27-30 120.

Boston 27 22 32 33— 114

New York 36 23 26 35— 120

3-Point GoalsBoston 9-29 (Crowder 3-6, Jerebko 2-2, Smart 1-2, Olynyk 1-2, Turner 1-5, I.Thomas 1-8, Johnson 0-1, Bradley 0-3), New York 7-20 (Porzingis 3-9, Anthony 2-2, Grant 1-1, Afflalo 1-2, L.Thomas 0-1, Galloway 0-1, Calderon 0-2, Williams 0-2). Fouled OutPorzingis. ReboundsBoston 46 (Crowder 8), New York 44 (Williams 10). AssistsBoston 25 (I.Thomas 8), New York 24 (Grant 8). Total FoulsBoston 20, New York 17. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second, Afflalo. A19,812 (19,763).

Spurs 109, Pistons 99

SAN ANTONIO (109): Aldridge 10-19 2-2 22, Leonard 1-7 5-7 7, Duncan 5-8 4-5 14, Parker 13-19 4-5 31, Green 2-3 0-0 6, Ginobili 5-12 3-4 15, Diaw 4-8 4-4 12, Mills 1-7 0-0 2, Simmons 0-2 0-0 0, Marjanovic 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-85 22-27 109.

DETROIT (99): Morris 1-6 2-2 4, Ilyasova 3-9 0-0 6, Drummond 8-13 1-6 17, Jackson 3-13 4-4 10, Caldwell-Pope 9-14 3-4 25, Baynes 6-13 3-4 15, Johnson 0-7 2-2 2, Jennings 4-9 1-1 9, Tolliver 3-6 1-3 9, Anthony 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-91 17-26 99.

San Antonio 24 29 28 28— 109

Detroit 25 19 22 33— 99

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 5-14 (Green 2-3, Ginobili 2-5, Parker 1-1, Diaw 0-1, Simmons 0-1, Mills 0-1, Leonard 0-2), Detroit 6-23 (Caldwell-Pope 4-6, Tolliver 2-5, Johnson 0-1, Jennings 0-2, Jackson 0-3, Ilyasova 0-3, Morris 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 62 (Aldridge 13), Detroit 49 (Drummond 10). AssistsSan Antonio 20 (Green 5), Detroit 22 (Jackson 11). Total FoulsSan Antonio 20, Detroit 24. TechnicalsDrummond. A14,273 (22,076).

Pacers 116, Suns 97

PHOENIX (97): Tucker 1-8 3-3 5, Leuer 2-7 2-2 6, Chandler 0-3 1-2 1, Goodwin 4-8 4-10 12, Booker 8-12 2-3 19, Morris 7-18 2-3 16, Warren 4-14 1-2 10, Brown 2-5 2-2 7, Teletovic 7-13 0-0 19, Weems 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 36-89 17-27 97.

INDIANA (116): George 6-12 8-8 21, Allen 4-5 0-0 8, Mahinmi 3-4 4-7 10, G.Hill 8-13 0-0 20, Ellis 6-14 1-2 14, Stuckey 0-1 0-0 0, J.Hill 1-5 6-8 8, Miles 6-13 3-4 19, Robinson III 1-4 0-0 2, Budinger 3-5 0-0 6, S.Hill 0-0 2-2 2, Turner 2-2 0-0 4, Young 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 41-79 24-31 116.

Phoenix 19 23 34 21— 97

Indiana 25 27 28 36— 116

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 8-25 (Teletovic 5-8, Warren 1-2, Booker 1-2, Brown 1-3, Goodwin 0-1, Leuer 0-2, Tucker 0-3, Morris 0-4), Indiana 10-24 (Miles 4-6, G.Hill 4-8, Ellis 1-3, George 1-6, Budinger 0-1). Fouled OutTucker. ReboundsPhoenix 58 (Tucker 10), Indiana 50 (Miles 8). AssistsPhoenix 24 (Brown, Tucker 5), Indiana 25 (Ellis 7). Total FoulsPhoenix 25, Indiana 21. A15,284 (18,165).

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