Paul George scores 48, but Jazz beat Pacers 122-119 in OT

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derrick Favors scored a career-high 35 points, and the Utah Jazz rallied for a 122-119 overtime win against Paul George and the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Favors converted a three-point play to help send the game to overtime, and then added six more points in the extra period. Favors had a layup off a pick-and-roll with Trey Burke with 17.1 seconds left, and George Hill missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Indiana wasted career-high 48 points from George, who carried the offensive load for much of the night. But two missed jumpers down the stretch of regulation helped Utah come back.

Favors also grabbed 13 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists. Burke added 19 points and seven assists.

The Jazz jumped to a 24-12 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 10-0 run and some cold shooting from the Pacers. They started the game shooting 27 percent from the field and 1 for 6 from behind the arc.

Indiana chipped away thanks to 20 first-half points from George, but a turnover and a Burke layup seconds before halftime lifted the Jazz to a 57-52 lead at the break.

The Jazz started the third quarter with a 14-2 run, but George continued to hit shot after shot. The teams were tied at 84 heading into the fourth quarter.

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Pacers: Monta Ellis started despite being questionable with a right shoulder contusion. … C.J. Miles scored 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field. … Indiana was outrebounded 54-44.

Jazz: Utah fouled a 3-point shooter four times in the first half. … Rookie Trey Lyles made his third start of the season and played just under 20 minutes. … Rodney Hood fouled out in the fourth quarter with six points.