Pacers Beat Jazz 117-97 to Snap Six-game Losing Streak

Pacers Beat Jazz 117-97 to Snap Six-game Losing Streak

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Mike Dunleavy scored 25 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Utah Jazz 117-97 on Saturday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

Danny Granger had 19 points and Jamaal Tinsley had eight points and 13 assists for the Pacers (4-6).

Marquis Daniels scored 17 points for Indiana after sitting out Friday's loss at Toronto with a sore left knee, and Shawne Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 19 points and Andrei Kirilenko added 12. They were the only Utah players to reach double figures in a game the Jazz never led.

Indiana made 11 of 23 3-pointers, while Utah made 2 of 9. Dunleavy made 3 of 6 3-pointers, Williams made 2 of 5 and Granger made 2 of 4.

The Pacers outrebounded the Jazz 35-31 and forced 20 turnovers.

The Pacers had the league's longest losing streak, their worst since an 11-game skid last season. The Pacers ended it by shooting a season-best 58 percent from the field after shooting no better than 44 percent during the losing streak.

Utah (7-4) had won five in a row before losing Friday night in Cleveland.

Indiana shot 61 percent in the first half to take a 65-46 lead, but the Pacers had blown halftime leads in four of their six losses.

Utah opened the second half on an 8-0 run that forced the Pacers to call timeout less than two minutes into the third quarter. The Jazz cut Indiana's lead to 69-60 on two free throws by Ronnie Brewer.

Williams scored seven points, including a dunk and a 3-pointer, to spark a 19-4 run that gave the Pacers an 88-64 lead. The Pacers led 95-72 at the end of the third quarter, and weren't challenged in the fourth.

Notes:@ Indiana C Troy Murphy earned the start after coming off the bench and scoring 20 points Friday. He finished with five points and five rebounds before fouling out in 25 minutes. He missed Wednesday's loss to Washington with a sore left Achilles' tendon. It's the same injury that sidelined him for the first three games of the regular season. ... Granger, Dunleavy and Tinsley are the only Pacers to play in every game. ... Utah G Deron Williams had six assists and six turnovers.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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