Hibbert scores 22 to lead Pacers to 105-101 win over Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY — Roy Hibbert scored 22 points to help the Indiana Pacers outlast the Utah Jazz 105-101 on Monday night.
Hibbert, who got in a skirmish with the Lakers’ Carlos Boozer in a one-point loss at Los Angeles on Sunday, again played with a fiery edge and repeatedly went over 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert for inside baskets before fouling out in the final minute.
Derrick Favors had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Gordon Hayward scored 24 for the Jazz, who were missing starting point guard Trey Burke (strep throat) and center Enes Kanter (sprained ankle).
The Pacers led 98-90 with 1 minute remaining when they Jazz nearly completed a furious comeback with a 39-point fourth quarter.
Trevor Booker had a three-point play and a 3-pointer while Hayward and Favors each made two free throws to get Utah to 101-100 with 9.0 seconds left.
CJ Miles and Solomon Hill each made two foul shots in the final seconds to clinch the game for the Pacers.
Reserve forward Luis Scola scored 16 points on a variety of crafty moves when Indiana’s offense bogged down.
Miles, who played his first seven seasons in Utah, had 11 of his 13 points in the first half when the Pacers raced to a big lead.
The Jazz, who struggled to make open shots until the final minutes, began the fourth quarter with a 12-4 run that brought Utah to 78-74. The run was capped by an emphatic dunk by Booker that brought the crowd to its feet.
But Donald Sloan answered with a 3, Scola made two free throws and Solomon Hill converted a three-point play to lift the Pacers into a double-digit lead, despite playing the second leg of a back-to-back at altitude.
The Pacers have won six of nine and are within two games of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Hibbert had 29 points the first time these teams met on Nov. 10 and has 52 points and 26 rebounds in the first three games of Indiana’s four-game road trip.
The Pacers led by 19 in the first half before Jazz started closing the gap.
By the end of the first period, the Pacers jumped out to a 31-16 lead on the depleted Jazz.
Pacers: Rodney Stuckey left the court with a sore right groin just 4 minutes into the game but returned to score 13 points in 20 minutes. … George Hill did not dress for the Pacers for the third straight game due to a left groin strain but Watson played with a sore left foot…. Hibbert pushed Gobert and pointed at him after a foul call in the second quarter and both were assessed technical fouls.
Jazz: Elijah Millsap just signed a 10-day contract Monday but appeared in the first quarter. His first shot was an air ball but he scored his first NBA basket shortly thereafter. … Jazz missed their first nine 3-point attempts. … In his second start, rookie Joe Ingles, had eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Pacers: At Golden State on Wednesday.
Jazz: At Chicago on Wednesday.