PAC­ERS WIN WITH CLOS­ING 23- 2 RUN

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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.”

THURS­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

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.

FOOT­NOTE

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.

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