NBA: Stephenson, George lead unbeaten Pacers past Memphis; Utah still winless

(AFP, AP) - Paul George scored a game-high 23 points and Lance Stephenson produced his first NBA career "triple-double" to lead the unbeaten Indiana Pacers over Memphis 95-79 in Indianapolis on Monday.

Stephenson scored 13 points, passed off a personal-best 12 assists and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds for Indiana, who improved to 8-0, the best start in team history and the last unbeaten record in the National Basketball Association this season.

Spaniard Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 15 points and Zach Randolph added 12 for Memphis, who fell to 3-4 after being out-rebounded 45-32 in a match-up of sides who reached the play-off semi-finals last season.

The Pacers kept Memphis to 27 per cent shooting in the first quarter on the way to a 23-16 lead. The Grizzlies closed the second quarter with an 11-6 run to pull within 46-39 at half-time, but came no closer in the second half.

Indiana are the first NBA team to start the season with eight wins in a row since the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets did so in 2010.

In Salt Lake City, Andre Miller scored nine of his season-high 15 points in the fourth quarter as Denver defeated winless Utah 100-81.

Ty Lawson had 17 points and Kenneth Faried added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who outscored the Jazz 30-13 in a dominant final period. Utah dropped to 0-8 and remained the only winless team in the NBA.

In Philadelphia, Danny Green scored 18 points and Tony Parker had 14, as San Antonio rolled to an easy 109-85 victory.

The defending Western Conference champions are off to a 7-1 start following consecutive wins in New York and Philadelphia.

Evan Turner scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 17 for the Sixers, who could not give coach Brett Brown a better effort in his first game against his former team.

The Spurs did not even need Tim Duncan, who was given a rest in the second of back-to-back games.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Al Horford scored 24 points as Atlanta handed Charlotte coach Steve Clifford a 94-103 loss in his first game back since undergoing a heart procedure.

Clifford missed Charlotte's game last Friday night against the New York Knicks after having two stents placed in his heart.

The Hawks trailed by nine at half-time but outscored the Bobcats 34-16 in the third quarter behind 72 per cent shooting to take control of the game. Horford had 13 points in the third quarter to help turn the tide for the Hawks.

In Boston, Avery Bradley scored 24 points as the Celtics beat Orlando for the second time in four days.

It was Boston's 10th straight win in the series, dating back to the Magic's victory at home on Christmas in 2010. The Celtics won 91-89 at Orlando on Friday night.

In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Paul added 21 points, as the Clippers held off Minnesota 109-107 after Nikola Pekovic missed a tip-in at the buzzer.

Kevin Martin scored 30 points for the Timberwolves, who lost their sixth straight against the Clippers.

In Houston, Jeremy Lin scored 31 points and Dwight Howard had 18 points and 24 rebounds, as the Rockets outlasted the Toronto Raptors 110-104 in double overtime to snap a two-game losing streak.

Lin shot 10 of 17 from the field and hit 8 of 9 from the free-throw line. James Harden finished with 26 points and 10 assists.

In Portland, Oregon, Damian Lillard bounced back from a miserable shooting night with 25 points, making five three-pointers, as Portland held off Detroit 109-103.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 13 points in the second half.

It was Portland's sixth straight victory at home over the Pistons.

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