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Pacers Stop Celtics, Slide

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers defender Paul George (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers defender Paul George (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Indianapolis — David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping suddenly struggling Indiana pull away late for a 94-83 win over Boston on Tuesday night.

Indiana (47-17) ended its longest losing streak of the season at four. Paul George added 12 points as the Pacers extended their Eastern Conference lead to 1½ games over two-time defending champion Miami in the East.

Boston (22-42) was led by Jared Sullinger with 17 points and Kris Humphries with 15 as its two-game winning streak ended.

Bynum played just 15 minutes but his first basket gave Indiana a 16-14 lead and the Pacers never trailed again.

Boston, which trailed by as much as 15 in the third quarter, twice got within one in the fourth. But the Pacers answered the second time with a 6-0 run to make it 83-76 and the Celtics never threatened again.

Bynum gave Indiana an infusion of energy that it desperately needed on a night George was in foul trouble and Lance Stephenson was off the mark.

Through 2 ½ quarters, Stephenson and George had combined for just four points.

Bynum, on the other hand, finished with eight points and one assist in his first action since late December. And the fans, who had been waiting since Feb. 1 to see No. 17 on the court, gave him a rousing ovation when he entered the game with 4:22 left in the first quarter.

It didn’t take Bynum long to prove he can still play.

He started with a dunk, breaking the 14-14 tie, on a post-up move. That spurred an 8-2 run that gave Indiana a 22-16 lead.

Indiana led 24-20 after one and took advantage of a 13-2 run late in the second quarter to build a 47-33 lead with 2:22 left in the half.

Sullinger’s 3 with 6:45 left made it 77-76, but West hit a 21-footer to start Indiana’s decisive 6-0 run. Boston couldn’t get closer than six the rest of the way as Indiana pulled off its first four-game season sweep of the Celtics since 1997-98.

Timberwolves 112, Bucks 101

Minneapolis — Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and J.J. Barea broke out of a horrid shooting slump to score 19 points to lift Minnesota over Milwaukee.

After going 5 for 25 in his previous three games, Barea hit 7 of 10 shots to help wake the sluggish Wolves up and Kevin Martin scored 26 points to help them finish a four-game homestand at 2-2.

Pistons 99, Kings 89

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift Detroit over Sacramento.

Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, outscoring DeMarcus Cousins in a matchup of two of the NBA’s top young big men.

Wolves 112, Bucks 101

Minneapolis — Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and J.J. Barea broke out of a horrid shooting slump to score 19 points to lift Minnesota over Milwaukee.

After going 5 for 25 in his previous three games, Barea hit 7 of 10 shots to help wake the sluggish Wolves up and Kevin Martin scored 26 points to help them finish a four-game homestand at 2-2.

Grizzlies 109, Blazers 99

Memphis, Tenn. — Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Memphis solidified their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Mike Conley added 17 points and Courtney Lee finished with 16, including helping the Grizzlies extend their lead in the third quarter. Mike Miller had 14 for Memphis, which won its third straight.