INDIANAPOLIS – Paul George scored 20 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the winless Washington Wizards 89-85 on Saturday night.
Roy Hibbert added seven points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for the Pacers (3-4), who stopped a three-game slide. Gerald Green had 15 points and Lance Stephenson scored 12 in his first start of the season.
Guys seemed a little tired, but really gutted it out, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. Were in a figure things out kind of mode.
Washington carried a 72-70 lead into the fourth quarter, and Jordan Crawford promptly made a three-pointer to extend the lead to five. But the Pacers then grabbed control with a 10-0 run.
Emeka Okafor and Bradley Beal had 17 points apiece for the Wizards (0-5), and A.J. Price finished with 12 points and 14 assists.
Washington made one last run late in the fourth quarter. Beal made a three-pointer and Okafor had a jumper to trim the Pacers lead to 87-85 with 36.4 seconds left. Trevor Booker had a look at a tying jumper, but missed and George hit two free throws to close it out.
Indiana shot just 58 percent (14 for 24) at the free-throw line, but Washington only attempted seven foul shots, making five.
The Wizards used a 9-0 run to grab a 47-40 lead with 3:32 left in the first half. Price made a three-pointer and a jumper during the surge.
The Pacers rallied to leave it tied at 49 at halftime.
BULLS 87, TIMBERWOLVES 80: In Chicago, Nate Robinson scored 18 points and Chicago beat Minnesota, ending the Timberwolves three-game winning streak.
Robinson played 31 minutes after starting point guard Kirk Hinrich left the game with a right hip strain in the second quarter. Hinrich had 11 points in the period to help Chicago beat Minnesota for the sixth straight time.
Joakim Noah added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Luol Deng chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds, as the Bulls (4-2) bounced back from their second home loss in three outings.
ROCKETS 96, PISTONS 82: In
Houston, James Harden scored 20 points, Omer Asik had 14 and Houston beat winless Detroit in its first game without coach Kevin McHale.
The team announced earlier Saturday that McHale was taking an immediate leave of absence to deal with a family matter. Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson took over for McHale.
76ERS 93, RAPTORS 83: In Toronto, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday and Nick Young scored 16 points apiece and Philadelphia beat Toronto, the 76ers fifth victory in six meetings with the Raptors.
Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Dorell Wright added 15 points and Philadelphia won its third straight, with all three victories on the road. Its the first time the 76ers have done that since February 2003.
Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 23 points, while DeMar DeRozan had 19. Jose Calderon had 14 points and 11 assists, but the Raptors lost their third straight. Rookie Jonas Valanciunas had eight points and eight rebounds as Toronto was held to a season-low point total.
BOBCATS 101, MAVERICKS 97, OT: In Charlotte, N.C., rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to help Charlotte snap a 16-game losing streak against Dallas.
Kidd-Gilchrist was 8 of 12 from the field and had a pair of key offensive rebounds off missed foul shots late. Kemba Walker added 26 points and seven assists for Charlotte.