INDIANAPOLIS — Guard Monta Ellis made two free throws with 13.7 seconds remaining, breaking a tie, and the Indiana Pacers rallied for a 100-98 victory against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night in Bankers’ Life Fieldhouse.
Boston had an opportunity to win on its final possession, but guard Avery Bradley missed a 3-pointer, closely guarded by Paul George.
George, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Hill, who added 16 points, led a fourth-quarter comeback.
A basket from Jonas Jerebko and a 3-pointer from Thomas gave Boston a 79-78 lead with 8:51 remaining. An Evan Turner 3-pointer at the 7:44 mark pushed the Celtics’ lead to 82-78.
Indiana (2-3) took an 83-82 lead on a Rodney Stuckey 3-pointer at the 7:08 mark, and two George Hill free throws at 6:44 put the Pacers up 85-82.
Guard Isaiah Thomas led Boston (1-3) with 27 points, and Bradley added 21.
A 3-pointer from George with 10:08 remaining in the third quarter pushed the Pacers into a 55-46 lead, but Boston countered with an 8-2 run to pull within 57-54 with 8:39 left in the period.
David Lee’s three-point play with 45.4 seconds left in the quarter cut Indiana’s lead to 73-72 through 36 minutes.
Boston outscored Indiana 29-24 in the third quarter.
Thomas had 14 second-quarter points for Boston, which outscored Indiana 27-26 in the period to close within 49-43 through 24 minutes.
Indiana, which got 15 first-half points from George, shot only 32.1 percent (17 of 53) during the first two quarters, but the Pacers outrebounded Boston 32-27 in the opening half while forcing 13 turnovers, which Indiana converted into 15 points.
The Pacers also enjoyed a 15-3 advantage in second-chance points through the first 24 minutes.
Despite making only 9 of 25 field goal attempts, Indiana led 23-16 after one quarter, limiting the Celtics to six field goals in 20 attempts (30 percent) while out rebounding Boston, 17-12.
George had eight first quarter points, including six during a 16-6, quarter-closing run. Bradley had 10 during the first period for the Celtics.
NOTES: The game was a homecoming for Boston coach Brad Stevens, the former Butler coach who graduated from DePaul University in Greencastle, Ind. … Boston C Tyler Zeller is a former Indiana Mr. Basketball from Washington, Ind. … The Pacers were coming off their first victory, a 94-82 triumph on Tuesday night in Detroit, getting a team-leading 23 points from G Rodney Stuckey. … Boston won the 2014-15 series against Indiana 3-1, including 1-1 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Wizards 102, Spurs 99
WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal had 25 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 0.3 of a second remaining, as the Washington Wizards downed the San Antonio Spurs 102-99 on Wednesday night.
Guard John Wall contributed 17 points and 13 assists, with the last assist coming on Washington’s final play. He fed Beal on the right wing shortly after Spurs guard Tony Parker made a 3-pointer to tie the score with 7.3 seconds left.
Forward Otto Porter had 19 points for the Wizards (3-1), who led by 17 points in the opening minutes but needed a late rally for their second straight win over the Spurs (3-2).
Forward Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points and Parker had 17 for San Antonio. Leonard didn’t play in either meeting against the Wizards last season, including Washington’s 101-93 home win on Jan. 13 that snapped a 17-game losing streak in the series dating to 2005.
The Spurs trailed 19-2 five minutes into the game yet led 23-22 entering the second quarter. They remained in front until Wall’s 3-pointer and Beal’s dunk put the Wizards up 92-90 with 3:22 remaining.
Wall split two free throws for a 97-96 lead with 51 seconds left. After the Spurs missed two shots on their next possession, Wall hit two more free throws for a three-point lead with 18.4 seconds remaining.
Parker answered for the Spurs and Beal responded with his third 3-pointer of the game.
The Wizards appeared ready to dominate as their fast-break offense fueled a 17-point lead. Wall had three assists on their first three possessions before the crowd of 17,721.
The Wizards held the Spurs without a field goal until Leonard’s reverse layup with 6:51 left in the quarter.
Unfazed by the 19-2 deficit, the veteran Spurs scored 13 straight points. The run reached 28-5 and San Antonio eventually led 51-39 before Washington scored the final six points of the first half.
Leonard scored 18 points in the first half and Porter topped Washington with 15.
Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 10 points and 14 rebounds.