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NBA roundup: Pacers stifle the Heat

Paul George gained the upper hand on Miami’s LeBron James, scoring 29 points for the Pacers, who have won 11 of 13 games.

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Paul George gained the upper hand on Miami’s LeBron James, scoring 29 points for the Pacers, who have won 11 of 13 games.

Paul George had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers held Miami to a season-low point total in an 87-77 win Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

George made four 3-pointers to get the best of his matchup with LeBron James. David West added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for the Pacers, who have won 11 of their last 13 games.

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Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and James had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which still has the best record in the Eastern Conference.

It was the first time the teams had met since Miami beat the Pacers in six games in the conference semifinals last year.

The Pacers outrebounded the Heat, 55-36, to help make up for 36 percent shooting.

George had gone 8 for 29 in his previous two games, but he broke out of his slump by making 12 of 27 shots against Miami.

Rockets 125, Lakers 112 — James Harden scored 31 points and Chandler Parsons added 20 to help host Houston pick up its fifth straight win, a victory over shorthanded Los Angeles, which lost its fourth straight.

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Houston trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but used a pair of runs in the third quarter to go on top and build a big lead.

Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points for the Lakers, who were playing without their top three big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill — all out with injuries.

Nets 109, 76ers 89 — Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds and Deron Williams scored 22 points to lead Brooklyn to a victory in Philadelphia.

Evans dominated on the glass, outrebounding the undersized Sixers, 23-22, through three quarters. Evans had 22 rebounds against Seattle in 2006.

Andray Blatche scored 20 points for the Nets.

Bucks 108, Suns 99 — Brandon Jennings scored 29 points and Milwaukee gave Jim Boylan a win in his first game as coach with a victory over visiting Phoenix.

The Bucks parted ways with coach Scott Skiles on Monday in what was called a mutual decision, and the Bucks tapped Skiles’s top assistant Boylan as his replacement.

Goran Dragic scored 21 points and Jared Dudley added 18 for Phoenix.

Timberwolves 108, Hawks 103 — Nikola Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points for host Minnesota.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Timberwolves, and led the Wolves to their first victory over Atlanta since 2006.

Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Al Horford had 19 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and four of their last five.

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