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    Roundup: Pacers rout Knicks

    Paul George scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting to lead the Pacers to a rout of the Knicks.
    Paul George scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting to lead the Pacers to a rout of the Knicks.

    Paul George scored 27 points and the Indiana Pacers powered their way closer to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the New York Knicks, 125-91, on Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

    David West added 18 points and nine rebounds for Indiana.

    The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field, scored a season-high point total, and had a season-best 28 assists against the Atlantic Division leaders. It was Indiana’s largest margin of victory this season and New York’s worst loss.


    Tyson Chandler led New York with 19 points and 11 boards. Carmelo Anthony, the league’s No. 2 scorer, finished with 15 points.

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    As Indiana’s lead grew, the Knicks unraveled. Kurt Thomas committed four fouls in six minutes, in the second quarter, then argued with fans when he went to the bench. In all, New York was called for three individual technical fouls and a flagrant foul, and J.R. Smith was ejected.

    Heat 103, Hawks 90 Miami scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to erase Atlanta’s 10-point lead and the Heat, led by LeBron James’s 24 points, beat the host Hawks to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games.

    Rockets 122, Thunder 119 — James Harden scored a career-high 46 points and Jeremy Lin added 29 as Houston mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to beat visiting Oklahoma City.

    Houston was down by 14 points with about seven minutes left. The Rockets used a 21-4 run to erase the deficit and take a 114-111 lead with 1:46 remaining.


    Nets 97, Bucks 94 — Deron Williams scored 23 points and Brooklyn escaped with a victory in Milwaukee after Monta Ellis missed on a chance to tie the game with three foul shots in the final seconds.

    Ellis missed the first two shots, and intentionally missed the third.

    Timberwolves 94, Sixers 87 — Nikola Pekovic had 27 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds to power host Minnesota over Philadelphia for just its fourth win in 20 games.

    Grizzlies 88, Raptors 82 Zach Randolph had 17 points and 18 rebounds and visiting Memphis won its fifth straight.

    Toronto’s Rudy Gay came up short against his former team as the Raptors’ five-game winning streak ended. Gay had 13 points and nine rebounds but also had a game-high five turnovers.


    Mavericks 111, Magic 96 — Shawn Marion and Elton Brand scored 17 points each, Vince Carter provided a spark off the bench with 14 points, and host Dallas beat Orlando.

    Pistons 105, Bobcats 99 — Greg Monroe scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, stepping up with Brandon Knight (21 points) on the bench nursing a hyperextended right knee, to lead the Detroit past host Charlotte.  Knight had 21 points before injuring his knee late in the third quarter.

    Cavaliers 105, Hornets 100 Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter to lead Cleveland to a win over visiting New Orleans.

    Warriors 108, Suns 98 — Stephen Curry had 20 points and dished out 11 assists as host Golden State topped Phoenix.