SEATTLE (AP) _ Gary Payton scored 31 points and Horace Grant added 23 as the Seattle SuperSonics remained undefeated at home with a 102-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.
The Sonics, who are 6-0 at home, beat Indiana for the third straight time. Seattle opened the third quarter with a 19-6 burst and were up 85-65 after three.
Reggie Miller, the Pacers leading scorer, missed his first eight shots before he converted the four-point play with 1:54 left in the third quarter. Miller finished with six points in 24 minutes.
The Pacers lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Dale Davis had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Chris Mullin added 12 points and Austin Croshere had 10 for the Pacers, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
The Pacers went on a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter to trim Seattle’s lead to 11.
Ruben Patterson hit a baseline jump shot with 5:39 left to end Seattle’s drought and make it 90-77.
The Sonics opened the third quarter with a 19-6 run over the first 5:01 of the period with Grant scoring eight points.
Payton carried the Sonics with 20 points in the first half for a 54-42 halftime edge.
Notes: Vernon Maxwell, Seattle’s second-leading scorer at 18.2 per game, played eight minutes in the first half, got three quick fouls and did not play the rest of the way. ... Shammond Williams played for the first time since Nov. 8 when he replaced Maxwell who got three fouls in the second quarter.