INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 29 points to help Indiana beat the Utah Jazz 97-86 Monday night, ending the Pacers’ six-game losing streak.
A.J. Price had 22 points and Lavoy Allen added 12 — also season highs for both players — as the Pacers won for the first time since the season opener. Allen also had 15 rebounds and Hibbert grabbed five.
Price scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including two 3-pointers during a 13-2 run that gave Indiana an 87-79 lead midway through the period.
Gordon Hayward scored 30 points to lead Utah. Enes Kanter had 18 points and Derrick Favors added 13 points and eight rebounds.
Indiana played without injured starters David West (sprained ankle), George Hill (bruised knee) and Paul George (leg).
Hayward scored 13 points in the third quarter as the Jazz use a 19-4 run to take a 60-53 lead midway through the period.
The Pacers clamped down in the fourth quarter, holding Hayward to four points while outscoring the Jazz 25-17 in the period.
All six of Indiana’s losses during it skid was by 10 points or fewer and the last four defeats were all two possession games, including an overtime loss at Washington.
Jazz: Former Indiana prep standout and Butler star Gordon Hayward returned home Monday. Hayward handed out roughly 50 tickets to Monday’s game. “Anytime you get to come back (home) and get a chance to have people you grew up with come watch you play is pretty special,” Hayward said.
Pacers: A.J. Price is playing on a 10-day contract while Indiana is without George, West and Hill. His 22-point effort against the Jazz makes him a valuable piece to the Indiana picture right now. “I’m playing for my life. That’s what it’s been for the couple years for me,” he said.
Indiana’s seven turnovers were a season-low. The Pacers did not commit a turnover in the first quarter, their first 12-minute stretch of the season without a giveaway.
Pacers: At Miami on Wednesday.
Jazz: At Atlanta on Wednesday.
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