INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers made sure not to start another losing streak.
After falling behind by five early, the Pacers woke up, took off and never looked back in their 104-84 victory over the Utah Jazz at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday.
The victory made up for Tuesday's loss at Milwaukee for the Pacers.
"Clearly (Tuesday's) loss to the Bucks didn't sit well with our guys," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "They came out focused."
Pacers swingman Paul George, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier this week, continued his strong play by finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four rebounds in only 33 minutes. Point guard George Hill added 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Swingman Gerald Green had a breakout game, scoring 21 points off the bench in 23 minutes.
"We knew we had to step it up, and I took it personally to try to get going and try to be aggressive at both ends," George said."
Power forward Derrick Favors led the Jazz (14-13) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Utah is 1-1 on its current four-game road trip.
The Pacers (14-12) got off to a slow start, falling behind 11-5 less than four minutes into the game.
Fast forward four minutes and they took off without having ever feeling threatened again.
The Pacers took the lead for good, 16-14, on two Hill free throws. The pushed their lead up to 11 points later in the quarter.
The Jazz only got as close as seven the rest of the way, before the Pacers went up by double digits, 37-26, for good on a George fast break dunk.
The Pacers, who shot 51 percent from the field, outscored the Jazz 28-2 in the paint in the first half.
"We just wanted to regain that edge," Green said. "We just wanted to start that out at the defensive end. It went well for us."
The Pacers maintained their grip as one of the best defensive teams in the league by holding the Jazz to 37-percent shooting.
"They are a good defensive team," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "They took us out of what we wanted to do early. They forced a lot of late shot-clock shots, most of them from the perimeter."
Jazz center Al Jefferson and power forward Paul Milsap combined to score 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting. Utah committed 18 turnovers.
"We've been preaching all year that we want to be the best defensive team in the NBA," Hill said. "We knew coming into the game that we had to take things away. We knew they were a physical basketball team and that they could score in bunches."
The final percentage is deceiving because Utah was able to improve its percentage during garbage time in the fourth quarter. The Jazz scored 33 points in the final quarter when Pacers coach Frank Vogel was resting most of his key rotation players.
They held the Jazz to below 30 percent from the field for nearly three quarters.
The Pacers held an opponent to single digits in a quarter for the second time this season when the Jazz only scored eight in the second quarter. The Pacers led 53-31 at halftime.
NOTES: There was an Indiana feel on the Jazz roster. Gordon Hayward went to high school and college in the state. Point guards Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson spent time with the Pacers at different points in their careers. ... Vogel said despite center Roy Hibbert's struggles this season he will still use him over Ian Mahinmi at the end of games because Hibbert is the anchor of their defense and they can turn to other players for offense. ... Maybe it's because his younger brother is in the lineup or because he's just finding a rhythm, whatever the reason is, Tyler Hansbrough has finally started finding a groove offensively. He's 12-of-19 from the field since Ben Hansbrough became George Hill backup at point guard. ... Pacers rookie center Miles Plumlee was recalled from the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, the team's D-League affiliate, on Wednesday. He averaged 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds in five games with the Mad Ants. ... Ben Hansbrough sat out the second half with a sprained left shoulder. D.J. Augustin, who was demoted to third-string point guard last week, played the entire fourth quarter, scoring seven points and dishing out an assist.