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.
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.