MILWAUKEE – Paul George scored 32 points and David West tied a season high with 30, helping the Indiana Pacers hang on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 Saturday night.
Lance Stephenson added 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Pacers, who had lost three of their previous five games. Stephenson scored 7 straight points to open the fourth quarter.
Brandon Knight scored 30 points for Milwaukee, including 20 in the first half. Khris Middleton added 13.
With the Pacers leading by 7 at the end of the third quarter, Stephenson opened the fourth with a pair of inside scores and a 3-pointer, extending the lead to 82-68. Milwaukee kept the game close into the final minutes, but West hit a jumper with 48 seconds left to help put away the game.
Indiana led by as many as 22 points in the first half, and by 12 at halftime, largely because of its defense. Knight shot 8 for 14 from the field in the first half for Milwaukee, and the rest of the Bucks shot a combined 7 for 27. But a quick 11-2 run by Milwaukee to begin the third quarter cut the lead to 3.
The Pacers were without deadline-day acquisition Evan Turner, who was in Indianapolis getting a physical exam Saturday. Turner is expected to join the team today and could make his first appearance in Tuesday night’s game against the Lakers.
The Pacers traded Danny Granger to Philadelphia to get Evans.
MAVERICKS 113, PISTONS 102: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, and Vince Carter added 18 to lead Dallas.
WIZARDS 94, PELICANS 93: In Washington, Nenê made the go-ahead dunk with 0.3 second left and matched a season high with 30 points to propel Washington.
BOBCATS 92, GRIZZLIES 89: In Charlotte, N.C., Kemba Walker scored 31 points as Charlotte won for the fourth time in five nights, snapping Memphis’ four-game winning streak.
Charlotte is 4-0 since the All-Star break, marking its longest winning streak since March 2011.
HAWKS 107, KNICKS 98: In Atlanta, Mike Scott scored a career-high 30 points, and Jeff Teague added 28 as Atlanta snapped an eight-game losing streak.
TIMBERWOLVES 121, JAZZ 104: In Salt Lake City, Kevin Love had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double to lead Minnesota.