Luis Scola, Donald Sloan, and Lance Stephenson accounted for all the points in a decisive 12-2 run, thwarting a late charge by the Chicago Bulls and sending the Indiana Pacers, the NBA’s last unbeaten team, to an 97-80 victory Wednesday night in Indianapolis.
The Pacers are 5-0 for the first time since 1971-72. Paul George had 21 points and six rebounds to lead Indiana, and David West had a season-high 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Luol Deng and Derrick Rose scored 17 points each to lead Chicago (1-3). Rose scored only 3 points in the second half.
For three quarters, it was topsy-turvy. Then, with Chicago leading, 67-65, with 8:38 left, things changed quickly.
Sloan hit a 17-footer to tie the score. Stephenson gave Indiana the lead with a 3-pointer. Scola followed that with consecutive baskets and Stephenson closed the run with another 3 to make it 77-69. The Bulls never seriously challenged again.
After missing all seven shots he took in the first half, Stephenson finished with 15 points — all but 3 coming in the final 12 minutes of a game that looked more like a 15-round title fight.
‘‘We just play hard. We feel like we are going to bring it every night on the defensive end, offensive end and we are going to find a way to get that ‘W,' ’’ Stephenson said. ‘‘And we did that tonight.’’
Bodies crashed hard to the court all night, and the game got progressively more physical.
Pacers backup center Ian Mahinmi left late in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.
Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich was called for a flagrant foul in the fourth, and there was a resounding thud in the arena when Joakim Noah of the Bulls crashed hard to the court trying to protect his own basket late in the fourth.
Wizards 116, 76ers 102 — John Wall scored 24 points, Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and visiting Washington topped Philadelphia.
Bradley Beal had 17 points and Trevor Ariza scored 15 as seven Wizards reached double digits to help Washington earn its first win after starting 0-3.
After a surprising 3-0 start, the Sixers have lost two straight and are starting to play like the team that oddsmakers predicted would win less than 17 games this season.
Thunder 107, Mavericks 93 — Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 assists, and Russell Westbrook scored 22 points as Oklahoma City pulled away in the second half for its 11th straight win over visiting Dallas, including the playoffs.
Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who won their second straight game following Westbrook’s return from two offseason knee surgeries.
Magic 98, Clippers 90 — Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 21 rebounds and hit six free throws in the final 23 seconds to help host Orlando win its third straight by holding off Los Angeles.
Bucks 109, Cavaliers 104 — O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, including six 3-pointers, and Gary Neal had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Milwaukee held off visiting Cleveland.
Bobcats 92, Raptors 90 — Gerald Henderson broke out of his shooting slump with a season-high 23 points, and host Charlotte defeated Toronto.
Warriors 106, Timberwolves 93 — Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Harrison Barnes scored 14 points in his season debut to lift Golden State over Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Pelicans 99, Grizzlies 84 — Eric Gordon scored 19 points, Anthony Davis added 18 points and nine rebounds and visiting New Orleans routed Memphis.
Spurs 99, Suns 96 — Tony Parker scored 15 of San Antonio’s final 16 points and the Spurs withstood a hectic rally from visiting Phoenix.