David West poured in a game-high 25 points as the Indiana Pacers edged the Utah Jazz 94-91 on Sunday.
Paul George added 22 points and C.J. Watson finished with 13 points for the Pacers, winners in five straight.
George Hill missed his second straight game with a bruised left shoulder.
“I’m really, really proud of our guys for pulling out a game under difficult circumstances, getting in at 4 a.m. (after winning in Boston Saturday night), overcoming in-game adversity with our starting point guard out and foul trouble and having to use two timeouts for injured players,” said Indiana coach Frank Vogel. “This was a mental toughness win. I thought we played with extraordinary effort for four quarters.”
Gordon Hayward scored 21 points and Derrick Favors finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, losers in two straight.
The Jazz led 55-47 with 7:42 remaining in the third period, but an 18-4 run gave the pacers the lead for good. West opened the run with a slam and George followed with a 3-pointer.
“We started off so slow, I felt like I needed to be a little more aggressive,” West said. “Same thing in the third quarter. But I thought our team just competed hard enough to win a tough, tough game. They’re a young, feisty and up-and-coming team. I thought we handled the challenge.”
Hayward had the Jazz back within two, 65-63, with his dunk at the 2:49 mark, but the Pacers outscored Utah 10-7 the rest of the way to take a 75-70 lead into the final frame.
Watson’s 20-footer with 5:55 remaining gave the Pacers their largest lead of the game at 83-75. The Jazz clawed within three, 87-84, when Trey Burke hit a jumper.
The teams traded baskets until Evan Turner hit a pair of free throws with six seconds left, but Hayward nailed a 27-footer with four ticks showing to pull the Jazz within a point.
Stephenson calmly sunk a pair of free throws on the other end and Hayward’s 3- pointer at the buzzer was no good.
Indiana led 21-20 after 12 minutes, but Utah outscored the Pacers 26-24 in the second to take a 46-45 lead into the break.
Notes: Both George and Ian Mahinmi took hard falls in the second half but neither left the game. … The Pacers scored 24 points off 18 Jazz turnovers … The Pacers were 21- for-28 from the free throw line … Burke finished with 16 points and five assists for the Jazz.