"They still made it tough," Jefferson said. "Even when we thought we had the game won, they made something out of nothing every time."
After a listless second quarter, the Jazz bounced back in the third. Utah neutralized Indiana's advantage on the glass by attacking the rim and forcing the Pacers to settle for outside shots.
It paid off when the Jazz put together a 9-0 run capped by Derrick Favors' dunk off a lob pass from Earl Watson, putting Utah in front 69-59 late in the quarter.
Indiana put together a couple of rallies, but Utah had a response for each charge - until the Pacers' final surge to force overtime.
Hill's jumper trimmed the Jazz's lead to 73-68, but Hayward closed the third with a three-point play and Favors scored on the first play of the fourth to push the lead back to 10.
The Pacers trimmed the lead to three on Roy Hibbert's basket with 4:22 left. Then Jefferson took over, making a free throw and a pair of baskets to increase Utah's advantage to eight.
NOTES: Hayward sprained his shoulder on a hard screen. X-rays were negative and he is day to day. ... Indiana shot 62.5 percent (20 of 32) from the field in the first half. ... Hibbert finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. ... Utah went 3 for 10 from 3-point range, compared to 7 for 21 for Indiana.
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