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Jazz waste Hayward’s big game in loss to Pacers

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March 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm.

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George made a clutch jumper with 18.9 seconds remaining, and the Indiana Pacers overcame Gordon Hayward’s career-best 38 points in a 107-100 victory against the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

A three-point play from Jeff Teague with 5:58 remaining gave Indiana a 94-84 lead. Utah got a 3-pointer and a layup from Hayward to close to within 100-97 with 2:11 left.

George’s 3-pointer with 1:58 remaining gave the Pacers (36-34) a 103-97 lead.

Teague led Indiana with 21 points, George added 19, Myles Turner scored 16 and C.J. Miles had 15. Monta Ellis scored 12 and Glenn Robinson III finished with 10.

The Pacers hit 43.7 percent of their shots (38 of 87). Indiana has alternated wins and losses during a 14-game, 7-7 stretch.

Utah (43-28) lost its third in a row. In addition to Hayward’s 38, Rudy Gobert and George Hill each scored 16.

Teague had 12 points, two rebounds and two assists in the third quarter, and George added seven points, helping Indiana increase its five-point halftime lead to 80-70 through 36 minutes.

The Pacers also outscored the Jazz 7-0 from the free-throw line during third-quarter action.

Hayward had a 10-point third quarter and was 13 of 19 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line for 30 points through the first 36 minutes.

The rest of the Jazz were a collective 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) during the first three quarters.

The Pacers led 51-46 at halftime when Robinson III sank a half-court 3-pointer at the buzzer. Miles led Indiana with 13 first-half points, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Miles, Teague, Ellis and Robinson III were a collective 7 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Indiana shot 40 percent during the opening 24 minutes (18 of 45).

Hayward had 20 first-half points for the Jazz, making 8 of 9 field goal attempts. His teammates were a collective 10 of 31 in the opening two quarters.

Utah outrebounded Indiana 27-21 but turned the ball over eight times in first-half action.

NOTES: The Pacers led by five at halftime despite F Paul George and G Jeff Teague making a combined 2 of 17 field-goal attempts. … George was 0 of 8 from the field in the first half, the first time this season he failed to make a field goal during the first 24 minutes. He finished 6 of 20. … Utah G Rodney Hood returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a sore right knee. He scored 11 points. … Jazz G Shelvin Mack, who played college basketball at Indianapolis-based Butler, missed the game with a left ankle sprain … The game featured former Indiana high school standouts Gordon Hayward (Brownsburg), George Hill (Indianapolis Broad Ripple) and Trey Lyles (Indianapolis Tech) of Utah and Jeff Teague (Indianapolis Pike) and Glenn Robinson III (Lake Central) of Indiana. … Utah is one of only five teams to have won 20 or more road games this season.

 

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