Pacers stay hot with rout of Nets

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead Indiana to a 105-91 victory over Brooklyn on Saturday.

George Hill finished with 21 points for the Pacers, who put five players in double figures and pulled away with a third-quarter burst.

Roy Hibbert scored 11 and David West 10 for Indiana, which leads the Eastern Conference at 23-6. Stephenson also had nine rebounds and seven assists.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points for the Nets (10-20).

Clippers 98, Jazz 90

At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored a season-high 40 points, overcoming early foul trouble and a career-worst eight turnovers to lead Los Angeles past Utah.

Griffin made his first 12 free throws and finished 14 for 17 from the foul line. The three-time All-Star, who entered this season a 61.1 percent career free throw shooter, has made 80.6 percent of his attempts over his last eight games and raised his season mark to 70 percent.

Celtics 103, Cavaliers 100

At Boston, Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points to help Boston hold off Cleveland.

Brandon Bass added 15 points and a game-saving block in the closing seconds for the Celtics, who led by 19 entering the final quarter and held a 10-point edge with 41/2; minutes to play.

Raptors 115, Knicks 100

At Toronto, Kyle Lowry had a season-best 32 points and 11 assists, Terrence Ross made a career-high seven 3-pointers and Toronto beat short-handed New York for the second straight night.

Wizards 106, Pistons 82

At Washington, John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists, Marcin Gortat added 16 points and Washington routed Detroit.

Kyle Singler had nine points on 4-of-7 shooting in 21 minutes of action off the bench for Detroit.

Hawks 118, Bobcats 116, OT

At Atlanta, Paul Millsap had a season-high 33 points, Lou Williams scored 10 of his season-best 28 in overtime and Atlanta rallied to beat Charlotte.

Mavericks 105, Bulls 83

At Chicago, Monta Ellis had 22 points and Dallas took control early in coasting to a victory over Chicago.

Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter added 18 points apiece for the Mavericks, who led by as many as 32 while bouncing back from a home loss to San Antonio on Thursday.

Grizzlies 120, Nuggets 99

At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Memphis got 62 points from its bench against Denver.

Six Grizzlies finished in double figures and Memphis shot 52 percent while sending the Nuggets to their sixth straight loss. Ed Davis led the reserves with 17 points, and Jerryd Bayless had 15. Mike Conley and James Johnson scored 14 apiece, and Mike Miller added 11.

Rockets 107, Pelicans 98

At Houston, Dwight Howard had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and James Harden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in Houston's comeback win over New Orleans.

Timberwolves 117, Bucks 95

At Milwaukee, Kevin Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and Minnesota climbed back to .500 by routing Milwaukee.

Kevin Martin scored 20 points, Nikola Pekovic added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Love hit four of Minnesota's 11 3-pointers. Perimeter defense was once again a huge problem for the Bucks, who have allowed opponents to hit at least 10 3s in seven consecutive games.

Suns 115, 76ers 101

At Phoenix, Miles Plumlee scored a career-high 22 points to go with 13 rebounds, and Phoenix bounced back from its worst loss of the season to beat Philadelphia.

Goran Dragic added 21 points and Eric Bledsoe 20 for the Suns, who have won nine of 11. Marcus Morris made three fourth-quarter 3-pointers and scored 18.

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