BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points, Jae Crowder matched his career high with 25 and the Boston Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak with a 103-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Amir Johnson had a season-high 18 rebounds and scored 14 points for the Celtics, who beat the Pacers for the first time this season after losing the first two meetings.
Boston closed with a 12-0 run over the final 1:46.
The Pacers led 94-91 with just more than 2 minutes to play before they turned the ball over on consecutive possessions, leading to a pair of breakaway dunks by Boston. The first was by Johnson and the second by Marcus Smart, giving the Celtics the lead with 1:32 to play.
With the Celtics clinging to a one-point lead, George stole an inbounds pass, but Crowder stole the ball back from him on the other end and went in for an uncontested dunk that gave Boston a 97-94 edge.
After George missed a 3-point attempt, Thomas scored in the lane to push Boston’s lead to 99-94 with 32 seconds to play.
Earlier in the quarter, Indiana went on an 8-0 run over 3 1/2 minutes to grab the lead for the first time since early in the game. Hill’s basket in the lane put the Pacers up 84-82.
George scored the Pacers’ first 14 points of the third and had 17 in the period, helping them slice an eight-point halftime deficit to 78-76 entering the fourth. He went 5 for 7 from the floor – with two 3-pointers – after missing six of seven in the opening half.
The Celtics built a 40-28 advantage early in the second, but the Pacers twice trimmed it to one before Boston went into halftime with a 57-49 lead.
Pacers: G Rodney Stuckey injured his right foot in Tuesday’s win over Phoenix and didn’t make the trip. … Indiana coach Frank Vogel said George is feeling a bit fatigued after missing most of last season with a leg injury. “He’s reported that to me, that his legs feel a little heavy,” Vogel said. “But everybody in the league goes through that. I don’t think it’s a big deal because of his injury, but that could be a factor.”
Celtics: Boston coach Brad Stevens put Jared Sullinger back in the starting lineup in place of F Kelly Olynyk after a five-game stretch. Stevens’ reason was simple: a 1-4 record. “Just wanted to see if I could find a little bit different rhythm,” the coach said. “I don’t think it’s anything Kelly did.” … There was a moment of silence for former Butler player Andrew Smith, who died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Smith played on two teams that Stevens coached in the NCAA title game.
Pacers: Host Washington on Friday.
Celtics: Host Phoenix on Friday.