PACERS WIN WITH CLOSING 23- 2 RUN
indianapolis » Monta Ellis scored 25 points and Myles Turner contributed 20 in his first NBA start, leading the Pacers to a 111- 92 victory over the Hawks on Thursday night.
The Pacers snapped a threegame losing streak by outscoring the Hawks 23- 2 during the game’s final 5 ½ minutes.
Atlanta was led by Indianapolis native Jeff Teague, who finished with 20 points, and Al Horford, who scored 14.
After spending most of the final three quarters playing catch- up, the Hawks took a 9088 lead when Horford made a nifty cut for a dunk with 5: 55 left. But the Pacers retook the lead with a 12- 0 run flurry and limited Atlanta to only one more basket.
Before the game, Indiana coach Frank Vogel announced he was inserting Turner into the lineup in place of Lavoy Allen to give the Pacers “a spark.”
Kyle Lowry’s 26 points and 10 assists and DeMar DeRozan’s 26 points helped the Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, a 103- 93 win over the short- handed Knicks. Jonas Valanciunas added 17 rebounds for Toronto. Arron Afflalo scored 20 points for the Knicks, who matched their season high with a fourth consecutive defeat. New York played without starters Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon. ... Jeff Green scored 21 points and Marc Gasol contributed 15 points and eight rebounds as the Grizzlies pulled away in the second half for a 103- 83 victory over the Bucks. Greg Monroe led Milwaukee with 21 points. ... Ryan Anderson tied his career high with 36 points, helping the Pelicans defeat the Kings 114- 105. DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost three straight. Kings associate head coach Chad Iske stood in for head coach George Karl, who was out sick.
New view of 3- point shot. The 3- point line will virtually light up during Saturday prime- time NBA telecasts on ABC this season. ESPN announced Thursday that it will use new technology to show viewers when a player attempts a jumper behind the 3- point arc. “ESPN Virtual 3” will debut for the Cavaliers-Spurs game Saturday. For a made 3- pointer, the line will briefly remain lit up. For a miss, the illumination will end immediately.