Pacers 95, Jazz 86

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Indiana Pacers dominated the fourth quarter Wednesday night, using their stifling defense to pick up a 95-86 victory over the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz, who led by as many as 11 points in the first half, only scored nine points in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the final period while the Pacers built a double-digit lead.

Swingman Paul George struggled from the field, shooting just 7-for-20 and 1-for-8 from 3-point range, but he led a balanced Indiana attack with 19 points.

Five other Pacers scored in double figures as Indiana (17-2) bounced back from Monday's tough road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Jazz (4-16) saw their season-best, two-game winning streak snapped despite double-doubles from their two starting big men.

Power forward Derrick Favors contributed 22 points and 13 boards, while center Enes Kanter, who replaced injured Marvin Williams in the first five, had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The Jazz won three of their previous four games, but they struggled offensively after taking a 44-33 lead in the second quarter after consecutive jumpers by Kanter and Favors.

Indiana finished the half on a 14-4 run, then scored the first four points of the third quarter.

Utah went ahead again, 69-68, after a Kanter layup at the beginning of the fourth quarter. But Indiana picked up its defensive intensity and went ahead for good after 7-0 spurt that included a dunk by center Ian Mahinmi, a George bucket and a 3-pointer from guard C.J. Watson.

Shooting guard Gordon Hayward, who led Indianapolis-based Butler to the 2010 NCAA championship game, struggled from the field against his favorite childhood team. The fourth-year pro, taken one spot ahead of George at No. 9 in the 2010 draft, scored 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Point guard Trey Burke was a bright spot for the Jazz, who managed only 38 second-half points. The rookie scored 13 points and dished out a career-high nine assists.

NOTES: Jazz F Marvin Williams didn't play because of a sore right heel. A bone scan revealed that the forward has calcaneal (heel bone) inflammation in his foot. Williams underwent surgery to repair his right Achilles heel in June. "It's not the Achilles, which is good news," he said. "My heel's really inflamed right now. It's causing a lot of discomfort, putting a lot of pressure on my foot." ... Utah F Jeremy Evans was out due to stomach flu. ... Pacers coach Frank Vogel, whose team has the NBA's top-ranked defense, on building a defensive power: "Step No. 1 is to get good defensive players, and that's what we have. Our starting five are all exceptional at guarding their own position. We've got athleticism and foot speed. It starts there." ... The Pacers' five-game Western trip continues Thursday night at San Antonio. The Spurs were supposed to play in Mexico City on Wednesday, but the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed due to smoke from an arena generator malfunction. ... The Jazz play the Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., on Friday.

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