Pacers 104, Bucks 77
Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and had eight blocks, both season-highs, leading unbeaten Indiana past visiting Milwaukee Friday night.
The Pacers became the first team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks to open a season at 9-0. Indiana has already beaten all four of its Central Division foes and will attempt to stay perfect tonight at Chicago.
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 short-handed Bucks (2-6) spent most of the game playing catch-up. With four injured players sitting out, O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 20 points. Khris Middleton and Gary Neal each had 11 — nowhere near enough to avoid a fourth consecutive loss.
Indiana took control with two big third-quarter spurts to build a 68-53 lead.
The game had a familiar look for Indiana as the NBA’s best defense limited Milwaukee to a season-low point total.
Heat 110, Mavericks 104
LeBron James scored 39 points, Dwyane Wade had 17 points, eight assists and a career-best eight steals, and the host Miami Heat held off the Dallas Mavericks.
James made 14-of-18 shots for the Heat (6-3), while Chris Bosh scored 14 points. Norris Cole and Rashard Lewis each added 11 for Miami, which has topped the 100-point mark in every game this season.
Bulls 96, Raptors 80
Luol Deng had 19 points, Joakim Noah scored 18 and the Chicago Bulls overcame the absence of Derrick Rose to beat the Toronto Raptors for their first road win of the season.
Deng and Noah also had nine rebounds apiece as Chicago earned its third consecutive win.
Trail Blazers 109, Celtics 96
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their first victory in Boston since 2004. Mo Williams scored 18 with eight assists for Portland, which earned its fifth consecutive victory.
Former Ohio State star Jared Sullinger, who missed the last game with a bruised knee, had 26 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Boston, which has lost two in a row.
Hawks 113, 76ers 103
Jeff Teague had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and the host Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers. DeMarre Carroll finished with a career-high 21 points for Atlanta, which has won three of four. Evan Turner scored 27 points for the Sixers, who have lost three of four.
Nuggets 117, Timberwolves 113
Wilson Chandler scored 19 points, including a big 3-pointer and three free throws late in the game, and the visiting Denver Nuggets held off the Minnesota Timberwolves for their third win in a row.
Ty Lawson had 14 points and 10 assists and left with 32 seconds remaining when Corey Brewer inadvertently hit him in the eye.
Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with 28 points.
Spurs 91, Jazz 82
Tony Parker scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to rally the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Boris Diaw scored 17 points and Tim Duncan added 14 to help the Spurs run their winning streak to seven.
Nets 100, Suns 98
Joe Johnson hit a layup as the game ended to lift the visiting Brooklyn Nets to an overtime win. Johnson grabbed a defensive rebound with three seconds to play and the score tied.