Paul George scored 7 points in a 13-0 fourth-quarter run and finished with 24, leading the Pacers past the shorthanded New York Knicks, 81-76, Thursday night in Indianapolis.
The Pacers (22-14) have won 12 of 15, including a sweep of the other two Eastern Conference division leaders — Miami and the Knicks — this week.
New York (23-12) was led by J.R. Smith with 25 points on a night they clearly missed Carmelo Anthony. The NBA’s second-leading scorer was suspended by the league for Monday’s postgame confrontation with Celtics’ Kevin Garnett.
Without Anthony, one of the league’s highest-scoring and best shooting teams hardly resembled itself. New York finished with a season-low point total, 9 fewer than its previous low, and shot just 34.8 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range.
Trail Blazers 92, Heat 90 — Wesley Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.9 seconds left and LaMarcus Aldridge added a free throw with 10 seconds left as host Portland won its fourth straight while handing Miami its second straight defeat. Nicolas Batum led the Trail Blazers with 28 points.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 29 points while LeBron James was held to 15, ending his streak of 20 or more points per game at 33.
Mavericks 117, Kings 112 — O.J. Mayo had 24 points and 10 rebounds, sealing the victory at the free throw line with 8.2 seconds left as Dallas defeated host Sacramento in overtime.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 29 points.