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George’s 3rd-quarter flurry sends Pacers past Pistons 115-98

March 9, 2017
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) knocks the ball away from Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) as he tries to pull in a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) knocks the ball away from Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) as he tries to pull in a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 115-98 blowout win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

The Pacers swept the four-game season series and moved two games in front of Detroit in the playoff chase.

Tobias Harris had 22 points and Stanley Johnson had a season-high 17 for the Pistons.

Indiana kept Detroit at arm’s length most of the night after scoring the first eight points and still led 58-50 at halftime.

But after the Pistons took their only lead, 63-62, on Marcus Morris’ step-back jumper with 7:37 left in the third quarter, Indiana answered with C.J. Miles’ 3-pointer. George then scored eight points during a 25-8 quarter-closing run to give Indiana a 90-73 lead.

Detroit never challenged in the fourth.