NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 2nd (All times Eastern)
Utah Jazz (21-37) at Indiana Pacers (45-13), 6 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers are in the midst of a four-game winning streak and they'll try to make it five Sunday night when they host the Utah Jazz.
The Pacers collected their fourth consecutive victory Saturday night with a 102-97 road win over the Boston Celtics. Indiana has won three straight as the host.
Paul George had 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Lance Stephenson tallied 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Roy Hibbert added 15 points and five boards for Indiana.
"Good win for our guys. Good balance amongst the starters," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said.
Point guard George Hill sat out against the Celtics with a bruised left shoulder. His status for Sunday is unknown, but C.J. Watson started in his place and managed seven points.
Newly acquired Evan Turner scored 17 points off the bench and saw some time handling the ball.
The Pacers will host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, then head south for a three-game road trip.
The Jazz began a six-game eastern road trip Friday night in Cleveland and it was a painful stop at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs squashed the Jazz 99-79 behind a triple-double from All-Star Kyrie Irving.
Gordon Hayward paced Utah with 18 points, Richard Jefferson chipped in 13, and Alec Burks added 11 in the loss. The Jazz had their two-game winning streak snapped.
"(The Cavaliers) were the aggressive team," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "I thought our defense held us in there in the first half. We didn't shoot our best, but I thought our defense held us in it."
The Jazz held the Cavs under 50 percent from the field and just 26.7 percent from the 3-point line. Cleveland committed more turnovers than Utah, but the Cavs demolished the Jazz on the glass to the tune of 56-31. Three Cavaliers - Irving, Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson - all reached double figures in rebounding.
The Jazz fell to 7-21 on the road, which is the worst mark in the Western Conference.
The Pacers beat the Jazz by nine in Salt Lake City on Dec. 4 and have taken three of the last four meetings. Indiana is 3-1 in its last four hosting the Jazz.
03/02 10:12:52 ET