The Associated Press
Mar. 16, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George had 25 points and the Indiana Pacers finished with a strong fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 103-98 Tuesday night.
Monta Ellis added 16 points with six assists, and Jordan Hill scored 15 for Indiana.
Isaiah Thomas had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Boston.
The score was tied at 77 with about 7 minutes remaining before the Pacers put together a 15-4 run that gave them enough breathing room to withstand a late Boston surge. Avery Bradley's jumper pulled the Celtics to 84-81 with about 4 1/2 minutes to go, but they got no closer after that.
RAPTORS 107, BUCKS 89
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and Toronto, despite resting leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, had no trouble with Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in 35 minutes for the Bucks, just missing a triple-double.
DeRozan, who averages 23.8 points per game, was in uniform but didn't play after starting each of the team's first 65 games and playing 39 minutes in a loss to Chicago on Monday night.
Raptors rookie Norman Powell, starting for DeRozan despite averaging only 7 minutes per game, had a season-high 17 points in 34 minutes.
MAGIC 116, NUGGETS 110
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Evan Fournier scored 30 points and Jason Smith had 25 points and 13 rebounds off the bench to help Orlando beat Denver.
Victor Oladipo scored 23 for the Magic, who led by 18 in the third quarter before fending off Denver's second-half rally. Brandon Jennings added 12 points and 11 assists in his first start for Orlando.
The Nuggets had six players in double figures, led by Gary Harris with 18 points, but didn't have enough energy or firepower to complete the comeback.
NETS 131, 76ERS 114
NEW YORK (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-best 44 points and Brooklyn set a season high for points against Philadelphia.
Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points, Brook Lopez added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.
Isaiah Canaan led the 76ers with 20 points. Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas each had 18.
Bogdanovic's previous career high was 28 points against Orlando last April 15. His total was the most for a Nets player since Deron Williams scored 57 on March 4, 2012. The team moved to Brooklyn the following season.
Philadelphia has lost 15 of 16 games. The only victory during that stretch came against the Nets at home.