SALT LAKE CITY — Al Jefferson scored 25 points, including eight in overtime, as the Utah Jazz edged the Indiana Pacers 114-110 Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Paul Millsap added 21 points and Gordon Hayward fired in 15 points with six assists and a timely blocked shot in overtime to help Utah improve to 24-20 overall and 15-4 at home.
David West scored 24 points and All-Star Paul George had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Pacers fell to 26-18 with their second straight road loss.
George hit a 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds remaining to make things interesting down the stretch of overtime.
After an ensuing Jefferson miss, George had a chance to tie it up again. However, his attempt from beyond the arc in the corner was blocked by Hayward.
The swat helped Hayward atone for three turnovers in the final 21 seconds of the fourth quarter.
Jefferson scored the first four points of overtime as the Jazz opened the extra session on a 6-0 run. The Jazz center, who only scored four points in Utah’s 104-84 loss in Indiana last month, then hit a key layup to give the Jazz a 110-104 lead with 34 seconds remaining.
The final 6.4 seconds were action-packed, as Randy Foye hit two free throws, George Hill hit a 3-pointer to cut the Jazz’s lead to 112-110 and then Millsap had a shaky inbounds pass that nearly gave Indiana one final attempt.
The referees ruled that because Millsap’s pass hit the bottom of the backboard that the Jazz would retain possession. Millsap then drained two free throws with 1.4 seconds to go to wrap up the victory for the Jazz.
The Jazz looked like a completely different team than the squad that was plastered by the Pacers in Indiana last month, 104-84.
In that blowout road loss, Utah only shot 37.2 percent while allowing the Pacers to hit at a 51.3 percent clip.
This time around, Indiana shot well again — but so did the Jazz.
Both teams made more than half of their makes as Utah shot 53.0 percent while the Pacers hit for 54.3 percent.
Indiana remained in the game thanks to an overwhelming rebounding advantage, outboarding Utah 41-28 and getting 17 second-chance points.
Indiana took an early seven-point lead, but Hayward hit a tough fading shot at the buzzer to help the Jazz take a 27-24 edge after the first quarter.
The Pacers outscored Utah 24-18 in the second quarter to snatch a 48-45 halftime lead.
Utah came out strong in the second half, going on a 10-2 run capped by a Randy Foye 3-pointer to regain the lead at 55-52.
The Jazz kept the momentum going for most of the second half, building a 10-point lead on multiple occasions.
Utah was ahead 97-89 late in the fourth quarter after a couple of inside Jefferson baskets, but that’s when the Pacers made their move.
George got it going with a 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining in regulation. After David West and George Hill baskets, George then tied it at 98-all with two free throws with nine seconds remaining.
The Jazz had one shot to win it in regulation, but Hayward committed his third turnover in the final 21 seconds as West stripped the ball from him and Indiana gained possession with 0.2 seconds remaining.
NOTES: Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward was taken ninth overall in the 2010 draft, and he couldn’t have been happier that the guy selected one pick after him, Indiana’s Paul George, earned an All-Star nod. “He’s a great player and very talented,” Hayward said. “I get a chance to work out with him in the summer. I’m just extremely happy for him. It’s cool to see guys from your class become All-Stars.” … George returned the praise: “I think his time is coming very soon.” … The Pacers conclude a four-game Western Conference swing in Denver on Monday. … Saturday’s game was the first of four straight home contests (and seven of eight). … The Jazz have three point guards on their team who previously played for Indiana: Jamaal Tinsley (2001-08), Earl Watson (2009-10) and assistant coach Sidney Lowe (1983-84). … Pacers assistant Jim Boylen coached the University of Utah’s basketball team from 2007-11.