THOMAS SCORES 25 POINTS TO LEAD CELTS OVER PAC­ERS

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bos­ton»Isa­iah Thomas scored 25 points, Avery Bradley had 18 with eight re­bounds and the Celtics beat the Pac­ers 109-100 on Wed­nes­day night for their fifth win in six games.

Al Hor­ford added 15 points with eight boards and eight as­sists, and Jae Crow­der also scored 15 points for Bos­ton, which won for the 12th time in 13 home games.

Paul Ge­orge led the Pac­ers with 37 points and Jeff Teague had 25. In­di­ana has al­ter­nated by win­ning and los­ing in its last 15 games.

The Celtics turned a red-hot shoot­ing third quar­ter into 39 points, push­ing a seven-point half­time lead to 14 af­ter three quar­ters.

Bos­ton hit 17-of-25 shots from the field, with Mar­cus Smart’s last-sec­ond bank shot in the lane cap­ping the shoot­ing. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw, giv­ing the Celtics an 88-74 lead en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter.

WED­NES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Marco Be­linelli came off the bench to add 20 as the Hor­nets pulled off a fourth-quar­ter come­back to de­feat the Magic 109-02. Char­lotte won its third straight game and keeps its East­ern Con­fer­ence play­off hopes alive af­ter en­ter­ing the night three games out of eighth place in the stand­ings. Or­lando, mean­while, lost to Char­lotte for the fourth time this sea­son. … Nikola Mirotic scored a sea­son-high 28 points, and the Bulls beat the Pis­tons 117-95 in a matchup be­tween strug­gling teams fight­ing for a play­off spot. … Rus­sell West­brook recorded his 35th triple-dou­ble of the sea­son with 18 points, 11 re­bounds and 14 as­sists and the Thun­der cruised to a 122-97 win over the 76ers. … Bradley Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the sec­ond half to help the Wizards to a 104-100 vic­tory over the Hawks. Wall also had 10 as­sists on a night he shot just 6 of 21 from the floor, in­clud­ing two as­sists to Beal dur­ing a late 14-2 run.

FOOT­NOTE

Bulls honor Krause. The Bulls hon­ored late gen­eral man­ager Jerry Krause with a mo­ment of si­lence be­fore their game against the Pis­tons on Wed­nes­day night. The ex­ec­u­tive who over­saw a dy­nasty that pro­duced a pair of cham­pi­onship three-peats in the 1990s, Krause died on Tues­day. He was 77.

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