Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pacers 6-0, Match Mark Best Start in 43 Years When Team Participated in Aba

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pacers 6-0, Match Mark Best Start in 43 Years When Team Participated in Aba

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For a half, Rudy Gay dominated Paul George. The way George had started the season, Gay knew better than to think it would last.

George scored 17 of his 23 points in the third quarter and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors, 91-84, Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to improve to 6-0 and match the best start in franchise history.

George, who entered the day fourth in the league in scoring at 25.8 points per game, is a big reason.

"He's Paul," Gay said. "Paul George is a great defender. He's not just going to sit down and let people score on him. Everybody on our team expected him to warm up."

Roy Hibbert added a season-high 20 points and seven rebounds as the Pacers remained the NBA's lone undefeated team.

Rudy Gay scored a season-high 30 points on 12-of-26 shooting for the Raptors, who lost their third in a row to fall to 2-4. Amir Johnson added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors shot 39.5 percent from the field, becoming the sixth consecutive opponent Indiana has held to 40 percent shooting or worse.

The Pacers improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1970-71, when the club played in the ABA. They rallied from a halftime deficit for the fifth time this season. Indiana overcame 16 turnovers to shoot 46.2 percent.

Other games

* Knicks 101, Bobcats 91: Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and eight rebounds, Andrea Bargnani added 25 points and New York spoiled Patrick Ewing's NBA head-coaching debut with a victory against host Charlotte. Ewing, who spent 15 seasons with the Knicks as a star center, filled in as Charlotte's coach after Steve Clifford had a procedure earlier in the day to have two stents placed in his heart. Clifford checked himself into the hospital late Thursday night with chest pain.

* Timberwolves 116, Mavericks 108: Kevin Love had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the host Minnesota to a victory against Dallas.

* Celtics 91, Magic 89: Brandon Bass had 16 points, including two free-throws in the closing seconds to help Boston hang on to beat host Orlando for its second win in a row. Trailing by three, the Magic had a chance to tie the score in the final minute, but Arron Afflalo's jumper came from just a step inside the 3-point line. …

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