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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana spent the off-season investing heavily in its bench. Abel Aguilar Jersey . On Wednesday night, the Pacers got the payoff. Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson combined for all 12 points in a decisive fourth-quarter run, sending the still unbeaten Pacers past division rival Chicago 97-80 and to its best start since 1971-72. "They brought all of us in to make the bench a little deeper than it was last year, and I think the guys on the bench know their role," Sloan said. "So it just fits." Perfectly. The NBAs last unbeaten team is 5-0 for the first time in Indianas NBA history. Indiana can tie its franchise record, 6-0 set by the 1970-71 ABA powerhouse, when Toronto visits Friday night. Wednesdays victory may have been the most impressive yet. Again, the Pacers played short-handed. Starting point guard George Hill missed his third straight game with a sore left hip, and swingman Danny Granger still has not played because of a strained left calf. Again, they had to rally from a halftime deficit. And again, they found a way to close it out. Paul George, the leagues second-leading scorer, finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. David West had 17 points and 13 rebounds, both season-highs. Roy Hibbert had eight points, 10 rebounds and added five more blocks to his league-leading total. But Scola, Sloan and Stephenson changed the script. After missing his first seven shots and scoring just three points in the first three quarters, Stephenson had 12 points in the final 12 minutes including two big 3-pointers during the decisive stretch. He finished with 15 points. Scola added 12, none more critical than the consecutive baskets he made midway through the fourth. Sloan scored nine points including the 17-footer that tied the score midway through the fourth. "We just play hard. We feel like that we going to bring it every night on the defensive end, offensive end and we going to find a way to get that W," Stephenson said. "And we did that tonight." It sure wasnt easy against their fiercest division rival. Derrick Rose and Luol Deng scored 17 points each to lead the Bulls (1-3), though Rose scored only three points in 12 minutes in the second half and he spent the first half of the fourth quarter on the bench. "A couple players on their team made big plays, great second-chance efforts with the rebounding and Lance, I think, played great for them tonight knocking down shots and just playing hard," Rose said before answering a question about his minutes. "Ill leave that up to Tibs, hes the coach on this team, so Ill let him coach." Perhaps Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau thought it was better to protect Roses surgically repaired left knee in this rugged game that looked more like a boxing title bout. Bodies repeatedly crashed hard to the court all night, and the game got progressively more physical with each quarter. Pacers backup centre Ian Mahinmi left late in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return. Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich was called for a flagrant foul in the fourth. There was a resounding thud inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, too, when Chicago Joakim Noah hit the court while trying to protect his own basket late in the fourth. But until the stretch, neither team could get the upper hand. After leading 25-19 at the end of one quarter and trailing 43-37 at halftime, it looked like Indiana might break away after starting the third quarter on a 10-2 run and then coming up with a 9-2 spurt to regain the lead. When Sloan hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 left in the third, Indiana suddenly led 63-55. It didnt last. Hinrich answered with a 3, Deng hit an 11-foot jumper, drawing a foul on George, and Pacers coach Frank Vogel was called for a technical. Chicago hit both free throws to make it 63-62. The Bulls pulled even on Mike Dunleavys 3 early in the fourth and regained the lead, 67-65, on Dengs midrange jumper with 8:38 to play. Sloan tied the score at 67, Stephenson gave Indiana the lead with a 3, Scola followed that with consecutive baskets and Stephenson closed the run with another 3 to make it 77-69 with 5:16 to go. Chicago never seriously challenged again as the Pacers pulled away. "Weve had a good feel since he got here. The guys just a winner," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said of Scola. "He just goes out there and knows how to play this game. Hes one of the best players in the history of international basketball and one of the best power forwards in the game. Weve got him as a backup power forward. Its quite a luxury." NOTES: Rose opened the game with his best offensive half of the season, going 5 of 9 from the field with 12 points and one 3 in the first two quarters. ... The Bulls fell to 6-22 all-time at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ... Chicagos Carlos Boozer came into the game shooting an NBA-best 65.9 per cent from the field and averaging 22.3 points but went just 3 of 10 with six points. ... The Pacers follow this back-to-back stretch with three games in the next five days. Santiago Arias Colombia Jersey . -- LeGarrette Blount wasnt satisfied with three short touchdown runs, not against a team coming off the second greatest comeback in playoff history. Colombia Jerseys . Hoffman, the former star closer, will evaluate and help co-ordinate all pitchers at Double-A, Triple-A and the big league team. Byrnes says Hoffman "will be a key part of finishing the development of our younger pitchers.BOSTON -- Detroits Rick Porcello would rather forget the last time he pitched in Fenway Park. Hes likely to remember his outing Saturday night. Porcello pitched eight solid innings to win his sixth straight start and the red-hot Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1. It was the 10th consecutive road win for the Tigers, who are a majors best 26-12. Detroit won for the 14th time in 17 games. In his last Fenway start, the right-hander was tagged for nine runs and seven hits -- three homers -- in five innings during a 20-4 loss to the Red Sox on Sept. 4. "I got beat around. Thats the way it is," he said. "Everybody gets their butt kicked and the difference is how well you can rebound from it." On Saturday, Porcello (7-1) gave up one run on six hits, striking out four and walking one. It was the fifth time in six starts hes allowed two or fewer runs. Miguel Cabrera had a homer, RBI single and one of Detroits six doubles, and Victor Martinez added a pair of singles. "Weve been playing some good baseball right now," Cabrera said. "Were aggressive and focused on what were going to do on the field and getting it done." Tigers manager Brad Ausmus felt Porcello had good command of all of his pitches. "That was probably his best outing," he said. "His fastball is always the key, but he threw good curveballs and some changeups." Xander Bogaerts had a solo homer and Mike Napoli three singles for the slumping Red Sox, who have scored just one run in the first two games of the three-game series. Boston lost the opener 1-0 Friday. "Early runs, we find ourselves behind," Boston manager John Farrell said. "One real scoring threat in the fourth inning and we come up empty. That was pretty much the story here tonight." John Lackey (5-3) gave up more than two runs for the first time in five starts, allowing six -- five earned -- on nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He felt like he was just slightly missing in the strike zone. "Just didnt get some locations there in the fifth inning," he said. "That was pretty much the inning Id like to take bback. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Jersey. I just didnt locate some balls in that inning for sure." Bostons David Ortiz had a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, going 19 for 40 with five homers and eight RBIs during that stretch. With Detroit leading 1-0 in the third, Cabrera hit a fly ball down the right field line, hooking it around the Pesky Pole about 10 to 15 feet and a couple of rows into the seats. "It was lucky shot. Right on the line," Cabrera said, smiling. "In other ballparks its a fly." In the fourth, Torii Hunter had an RBI double and scored on Cabreras single to make it 4-0. The Red Sox were scoreless for 14 straight innings until Bogaerts homered into the seats above the Green Monster leading off the fifth. Rajai Davis RBI double made it 5-1 and chased Lackey in the sixth. Davis scored on Ian Kinslers sacrifice fly. The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs against Lackey in the second, but only managed one run on Alex Avilas fielders choice grounder. Bostons slumbering offence loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but A.J. Pierzynski grounded weakly to second. NOTES: The Red Sox placed 3B Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list before the game for the second time this season. This time, he was sidelined with a fractured right index finger he hurt in Fridays loss. He missed 19 games in April with a strained right calf. To take his place on the roster, the team recalled INF Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket. Holt played third and batted ninth, going 0 for 3. ... Switch-hitting Tigers DH Martinez didnt even try to mess with facing the shift his first time up, pushing a soft grounder into left field against Lackey on the first pitch he saw. He came in with excellent career numbers against the right-hander, hitting .407 (11 for 27). ... Boston 1B Napoli made a nice catch on Cabreras foul pop, leaning over the railing and into the first row of seats and Dustin Pedroia made a diving stab of Martinezs liner. ... Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 3.13 ERA) faces RHP Jake Peavy (1-1, 3.94) in a nationally televised Sunday night series finale. Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap NFL T-shirts Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Hoodies China NFL Hoodies China NFL Jerseys China NFL Gear ' ' '