Pacers hit all right notes in victory over road-weary Jazz

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 9:44 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 9:42 PM

            Indiana Pacers forward Paul George reacts to hitting a 3-point basket in the closing seconds of the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Indianapolis, Monday, March 20, 2017. The Pacers defeated the Jazz 107-100. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana Pacers guard Jeff Teague looked like a natural playing a leading role Monday night.

With Paul George struggling and the Pacers in desperate need of a win, the former All-Star jumped in and didn't miss a beat. Teague had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists to help Indiana fend off the road-weary Utah Jazz 107-100.

"We played well tonight, we played hard, we were a group out there," Teague said. "Defensively, I think we did a really great job."

The Pacers kept up an uncanny trend of trading wins and losses. They haven't done either in back-to-back games since mid-February and need to change direction if they intend to maintain or improve upon their current No. 6 position in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

Of course, it wasn't easy; nothing has been this season for Indiana.

But having a fill-in like Teague when George isn't shooting well helped Monday — and could prove more beneficial in the postseason.

George finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists despite going 6 of 20 from the field and not making a basket until the 8:41 mark of the third quarter.

Instead, Teague and his teammates made just enough plays until George finally got on track, scoring the last seven Indiana points to seal it.

"It was time to win a ballgame," George said after waving his arms and shouting to the crowd. "I would have been ashamed if we fought that hard, especially on a back-to-back where we've given all our energy, and lost a game late."

Former Butler star Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 38 points to lead the Jazz, who have lost three straight. Rudy Gobert added 16 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks on the final stop of Utah's four-game road trip.

"I would have rather had zero points and won the game," Hayward said.

After an early 8-0 run, the Pacers never trailed again.

When Utah cut the lead to 30-28 early in the second quarter, Indiana scored seven straight.

The Jazz got within two late in the first half only to watch Glenn Robinson III bank in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to make it 51-46.

When Utah got within 55-54 early in the third quarter, the Pacers scored five straight points before closing the third quarter on a 10-2 spurt to make it 80-70.

And when George Hill's three-point play cut the Pacers' lead to 103-100 with 1:45 left, Indiana's defense came up big on consecutive possessions to set up George's 20-foot jumper with 18.9 seconds left.


Jazz: Hayward and Hill, the former Pacers guard, both received ovations during pregame introductions. ... Hill scored 16 points in his first game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since being traded last summer. ... Utah drew two defensive three-second calls in the first 16 minutes and was called for another in the fourth quarter.

Pacers: Indiana earned a split in the season series by snapping a three-game losing streak to the Jazz. ... Myles Turner had 16 points, six rebounds and four blocks. ... Indiana was 10 of 20 on 3s. ... George missed his first eight shots.


Hayward didn't just have a big night in his hometown, it was a milestone game. He scored 20 of Utah's 46 points in the first half, finished 16 of 24 from the field and held George mostly in check. The 38 points also were the most in any game by a Jazz player since Paul Millsap had 46 in 2010.

Utah also finished with its highest block total as a team (11) since 2006.


Robinson almost duplicated his buzzer-beating feat at the end of the third-quarter with another 3-pointer, but the ball sailed just long and bounced off the back of the rim.


Jazz: Will return home Wednesday with a chance to pull off their first season sweep of New York Knicks since 2009-10.

Pacers: Need to win at Boston on Wednesday to avoid a three-game season sweep.

3 injured in Kettering house explosion

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 12:17 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 3:46 AM

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 3:46 a.m. 

Three people were injured in a Kettering house fire on Pamela Sue Drive early Wednesday, according to officials. 

“We had some injuries but everyone was out of the house at the time,” said Kettering Fire Battalion Chief Mike Miller. “... It could’ve been a lot worse. There could’ve been a lot more injuries, but right now we have one serious injury and two minor injuries.”

Four people evacuated the home by the time emergency crews arrived on the scene. 

Vectren has checked gas meters in the area, and crews have determined the area is safe, Miller said 

“We don’t have anymore natural gas showing up on any of the meters,” he said. 

The explosion is under investigation.

INITIAL REPORT @ 12:17 a.m. 

Firefighters are investigating an explosion at a home on Pamela Sue Drive in Kettering, possibly caused by a natural gas leak. 

Crews were dispatched to the 400 block of Pamela Sue Drive around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday on initial reports of a house fire. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates crews found no fire, but significant damage to the structure and a strong smell of natural gas. 

One person reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident. 

We have a crew at the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:24 AM

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 


  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lane will remain open at all times.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 


  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 


  • SR 49 between Elroy- Ansonia Road and SR 47, road closure March 27th -31st. The official detour is: SR 118 to SR 47.
  • SR 571 between Culbertson Road and Harzell Road, bridge closure March 8th – May 22nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.


  • I-75 south Ramp to Fair Road, ramp closure April 9th – 14th. The official detour is: I-75 south to US 36 to I-75 north to Fair Road.

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Driver overdoses, crashes on SB I-75 in Miami Twp. 

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:49 AM

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 1:50 a.m. 

State troopers confirmed a driver overdosed and crashed on southbound Interstate 75 Wednesday morning. 

Investigators said the first unit to arrive on the scene found the vehicle off the highway and in a tree line south of Ohio 725 in Miami Twp. 

A Miami Twp. officer reportedly broke the driver’s side window and administered three doses of Narcan to revive the driver. 

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State troopers said the driver was taken into custody and the overdose is believed to be the only factor in the crash.

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No additional injuries were reported and no lanes of the highway were blocked. 


Emergency crews have responded to a crash on southbound Interstate 75, south of Ohio 725 in Miami Twp., where the driver is believed to have overdosed. 

Police and medics were dispatched to the highway around 1 a.m. to check for a crash reported in the area. 

According to police scanner traffic, the vehicle was found off the highway near the tree line. 

An officer broke a window to the car and administered at least one dose of Narcan, according to initial reports. 

It was not immediately known if any lanes of the highway were blocked. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Police investigate robbery at Dayton UDF; suspects reportedly located

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 2:31 AM

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 2:55 a.m. 

Four people have reportedly been detained in the area of Riverside Drive and Wampler Avenue who are believed to be suspects in the UDF robbery in Dayton, according to police scanner traffic. 

Initial reports indicate a vehicle was stopped near that intersection with two men and two women taken into custody. 

Ski masks were reportedly located inside the vehicle. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 


Police are responding to reports of a robbery at the UDF at North Dixie Drive and Siebenthaler Avenue.

Around 2:20 a.m., two males wearing green Halloween masks reportedly robbed the store.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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