NBA roundup: Pacers roll past the Hawks

David West scored 22 points for the Pacers.
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David West scored 22 points for the Pacers.

David West scored 22 points, Paul George added 18, and the NBA-leading Indiana Pacers beat the Hawks, 89-85, on Tuesday night.

The Pacers snapped a 12-game regular-season losing streak in Atlanta while improving the league’s best record to 38-10.

Atlanta failed to place a starter in double figures. It had won two straight and five of seven.


Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver had 9 points apiece for the Hawks, but All-Star forward Paul Millsap went 2 for 11 from the field and finished with 7 points.

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Teague made a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 41-35 lead with 1:06 left in the second quarter, but the Hawks were outscored, 38-16, the next 17 minutes.

Cartier Martin’s 3 cut Indiana’s lead to 86-84 with 14.9 seconds left. C.J. Watson and Danny Granger then combined for three free throws to help the Pacers hold on for the win.

Elton Brand, a 14-year veteran, had 12 points and was the only Hawk to score in double figures before Mike Scott scored 9 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Timberwolves 109, Lakers 99 — Kevin Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds for host Minnesota, spoiling Steve Nash’s return for Los Angeles and sticking the Lakers with their seventh straight defeat.


Kevin Martin scored 14 of his season-high-tying 32 points in the opening 10 minutes to help the Timberwolves start strong, and the NBA’s highest-scoring first-quarter team surged to a 25-point lead midway through the second period.

Nash had been sidelined since Nov. 10 because of nerve problems in his back. The soon-to-be-40-year-old two-time league MVP had 7 points and nine assists in 25 minutes, about 10 more than he was supposed to play.

Jodie Meeks (sprained right ankle) and backup Jordan Hill (headache and neck strain) went down for the Lakers. Pau Gasol sat out with a strained right groin and could be out until after the All-Star break.

Bulls 101, Suns 92 — Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lift Chicago to a win in Phoenix.

Jimmy Butler and D.J. Augustin had 18 points apiece for the Bulls, who led, 44-33, at the break.