Pacers drop Celtics

  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Jeff Green (8) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Jeff Green (8) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Jeff Green (8) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Jeff Green (8) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) battles for a rebound with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) battles for a rebound with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) battles for a rebound with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) battles for a rebound with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots as he drives the lane against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots as he drives the lane against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots as he drives the lane against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots as he drives the lane against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Jeff Green (8) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Jeff Green (8) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) battles for a rebound with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) battles for a rebound with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots as he drives the lane against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots as he drives the lane against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON — Paul George scored 27 points and led a comeback from an eight-point halftime deficit to help the Indiana Pacers improve on the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 97-82 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Trailing 50-42 at halftime, Indiana outscored Boston 25-8 in the third quarter to take a 67-58 lead. It was the Celtics’ lowest scoring quarter of the season, worse than the 11 points they had in the second period of a 93-87 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 30. The Pacers kept rolling with a 30-24 fourth quarter and improved to 11-1.

George had 22 points in the second half.

David West and Luis Scola had 17 points each for Indiana, which had lost its previous four games against Boston.

Jordan Crawford had a season-high 24 points, but just five in the second half, and Jeff Green added 20 for the Celtics, who lost their sixth straight to drop to 4-10 after winning four in a row.

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