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    Roundup: Granger helps Pacers snap out of it

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    Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus (right) is on the ball against Bulls center Joakim Noah during the first half of last night’s game at Chicago.

    Danny Granger delivered when Indiana needed him most last night.

    The Pacers’ leading scorer played through a sprained left ankle to score 32 points and helped host Indiana snap a season-worst five-game losing streak by beating struggling New Jersey, 93-88.

    Granger missed Wednesday’s loss at Cleveland and the final three quarters of Tuesday’s loss to Miami because of the injury, and without him, the Pacers just weren’t the same.


    Granger made 10 of 20 shots, 8 of 9 from the free throw line, and grabbed five rebounds in a game the Pacers (18-12) desperately needed to win.

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    Deron Williams scored 29 points and Kris Humphries had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead New Jersey, not enough to snap a skid that hit eight straight.

    Clippers 74, Trail Blazers 71 - Blake Griffin had 21 points and 14 rebounds to help Los Angeles rally from an 18-point second-half deficit at Portland.

    Chris Paul, scoreless through three quarters, finished with 13 points as the Clippers outscored the Trail Blazers, 22-11, during the fourth quarter. The win was Los Angeles’s first in Portland since Dec. 12, 2008.