Roy Hibbert scored 26 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Boston Celtics, 107-100, on Monday night and remain in sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Danny Granger had 18 points and Darren Collison 17 for the Pacers. Indiana outscored Boston, 26-15, in the fourth quarter.
Hibbert said, ”I just came out aggressive and wanted to be a force down there offensively and defensively.”
Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points, and Glen Davis added 20 for the Celtics, who are fading in their quest to catch Chicago for the best record in the East. Boston is 5-7 since March 9 and trails the Bulls by two games.
”We became a great team because we were known to do it for 48 minutes,” the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett said. ”We seem to be missing that right now.”
Indiana remained a game ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats in the East.
WIZARDS 100, JAZZ 95 The rookie John Wall scored 28 points and Jordan Crawford hit a key shot at the end of regulation and made two steals in overtime to lead Washington to only its second road win. Crawford finished with 25 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter and the game-tying shot with 4.4 seconds left. Utah has lost six in a row.
76ERS 97, BULLS 85 Thaddeus Young scored 21 points and Philadelphia built a 23-point lead and held on, ending Chicago’s 14-game home winning streak.
Chicago, losing for only the second time in its last 14 games over all, got 31 points from Derrick Rose, who also had 10 turnovers. Andre Iguodala added 19 points and 7 assists for the 76ers.
TRAIL BLAZERS 100, SPURS 92 Andre Miller scored 26 points and visiting Portland beat banged-up San Antonio as Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan sat out with injuries.
The Spurs have the best record in the N.B.A., 57-17, but have lost a season-high four games in a row and two in three days to the Blazers. San Antonio’s Western Conference lead over the Los Angeles Lakers is down to three and a half games.
BOBCATS 87, BUCKS 86 Gerald Henderson scored the final 7 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left, and short-handed Charlotte staged an unlikely comeback to beat visiting Milwaukee.
Starting with no available centers before losing their top two point guards to injuries, the Bobcats remained in playoff contention after Brandon Jennings missed two layups and a 3-pointer in the final 15 seconds that would have put the Bucks ahead.
The Bobcats held Milwaukee scoreless over the final 3:52.
Kwame Brown, the Bobcats’ starting center, left the team Monday to be with his ill daughter in Georgia, and Joel Przybilla (knee) and DeSagana Diop (Achilles’ tendon) were already sidelined.
JAMES HOMECOMING, PART IILeBron James will play in Cleveland for the second time since rejecting the Cavaliers last summer as a free agent when the Miami Heat goes to Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.
Nearly four months since his last visit, he is not expecting as much outward hostility. ”Can’t get no worse than it was Dec. 2,” he said. ”I know that for a fact.”
James scored 38 points and powered the Heat to a 118-90 victory, triggering a plunge by the Cavaliers, who have the league’s worst record (14-58).
PHOTO: The Bobcats’ Stephen Jackson, who had 18 points, got by the Bucks’ Luc Mbah a Moute. (PHOTOGRAPH BY CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)