Pacers beat Bucks to make it 9-0 NBA start

Pacers beat Bucks to make it 9-0 NBA start

Indiana improved their perfect start to the NBA season to 9-0 by cruising past Milwaukee 104-77 on Friday, with Roy Hibbert having 24 points and eight blocks.

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The Pacers became the first team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks to open a season 9-0.

Indiana have already beaten all four of their Central Division foes.

Among other games, LeBron James led Miami past Dallas, Joe Johnson shone in the key moments as Brooklyn beat Phoenix in overtime, and Chicago beat Toronto for their first road win of the season.

Indiana’s Hibbert had plenty of help. Paul George scored 10 of his 22 points in the third quarter and Lance Stephenson finished with 11 points.

The Bucks, who were missing four injured players, were led by O.J. Mayo’s 20 points but they never looked likely to avoid a fourth-straight loss.

Miami’s LeBron James scored 39 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 points, eight assists and a career-best eight steals as the Heat beat Dallas 110-104.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points to lead Dallas, who turned the ball over 24 times.

Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson tied the game in regulation, trapped a loose ball in overtime and then dropped in a basket as time expired to give the Nets a 100-98 win over Phoenix.

Meanwhile, San Antonio’s Tony Parker scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to guide the Spurs to a 91-82 win over Utah, extending their winning streak to seven games.

Australian Patrick Mills played 10 minutes for the Spurs and scored four points.

Chicago overcame the absence of the injured Derrick Rose to beat Toronto 96-80.

Luol Deng had 19 points and Joakim Noah scored 18 for the Bulls, who have won three straight.

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the TrailBlazers to a 109 win over the Celtics; their first victory in Boston since 2004.

Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 16 points as the Bobcats used a strong fourth quarter to win 86-80 at Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving, wearing a mask to protect a nasal fracture, had 18 points and 10 assists for Cleveland, who lost for the first time in four games at home.

Memphis’ Zack Randolph scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 89-86.

Denver’s Wilson Chandler scored 19 points, including a big 3-pointer and three free throws late in the game, as the Nuggets held off Minnesota 117-113 for their third straight win.

Detroit’s Josh Smith had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, as the Pistons snapped a four-game skid by beating Sacramento.

Atlanta’s Jeff Teague had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists as the Hawks beat Philadelphia 113-103.